Seed Beaded China Cabs



This class will teach creating beaded peyote bezels for cabochons, as well as a variety of attachment points, edge stitches and embellishments. Learn to professionally finish your pieces and create a variety of beaded ropes and strung bead necklaces for your pendants. We will explore use of color palettes, many varieties of beads, crystals and embellishments to create your own unique piece. Lab fee includes instructional materials, kit including focal cabochon, seed beads, embellishment beads and findings to complete the first pendant; bead mat, needles, thread conditioner, bead foundation, suede backing, spool of Fireline. Additional Stone and China cabochons, seed beads, embellishment beads, findings and materials will be available for purchase. Students can expect to complete at least two pendants. You are welcome to bring your own stash of beads to use for your projects. You should bring your own scissors, round nose and chain nosed pliers, crimp pliers etc., if you have them. Tools will be available to use. An OptiVISOR or other vision enhancement may be helpful. (Be aware that small bead/handwork is required.)

Lab Fee: $50.00

Estimated Materials Cost:  $25-$100

Prerequisites:  None



Jerri has been making Gem Trees since 1995. She fell into rockhounding and Lapidary Arts in the process of home-schooling her four children. The family joined the Toledo Gem and Rockhound Club and learned rock collecting, cabbing, soapstone carving, gem trees and flint knapping together. She has also studied Silversmithing, Beading, and Scrimshaw. Jerri took Gem Trees to a new level, designing her own styles and patterns, as well as developing her own techniques. She specializes in species specific gem trees. She has taught Gem Trees for many Gem and Mineral Clubs, local schools and scout groups, as well as William Holland and Wild Acres. Her Gem Tree competitive exhibits have earned awards with the Rocky Mountain Federation, American Federation, Florida State Fair and the Florida Strawberry Festival. She relocated to Florida and is a member of four rock clubs (so far).