BeadJungle welcomes a new instructor

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 5:45pm


Valerie Catallozzi Valerie Catallozzi was born and raised in cold and snowy Providence, RI.  She took a job transfer in 2004 to Las Vegas and loves the Vegas life style and weather.  After 36 years with the Postal Service, Valerie retired in October 2017 and began pursuing her Jewelry Design certificate from the New York Institute of Art & Design in 2018.  Valerie began creating hand beaded jewelry in 2012 while a visiting a friend in California who took her to her first bracelet making class.  After returning home from CA, she  immediately visited Bead Jungle and took her first class with Lori Ahlin, and Valerie’s passion for beading was born!

Since 2012, Valerie has taken numerous beading classes and devoured beading books and magazines to learn everything she could about beads, beading stitches, and jewelry design.  Her favorite bead stitch is Peyote, which can take thousands of beads and almost as many hours to create a necklace or beaded tapestry.  Fortunately, she considers beading to be therapeutic and enjoys the repetitive process of hand stitching one bead at a time!  Valerie is very excited to join the creative team at Bead Jungle as a Beading Instructor in October 2019.

Dual Band Ring

Dual Band Ring
Mon, 10/07/2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Class Level: 
Class Fee: 

This class is roughly 6 hours on the same day

Class size is limited to 8 students

The supplies are additional according to what you pick. (Materials fee of $35 to $70 collected on the day of class)

The challenge of the dual band ring is a clean solder joint where he ring shank meets the cabochon base.  A clean solder joint means less to no polishing in a hard to reach area. In this class you will learn how to use a jewelers saw, ring bending pliers, ring mandrel, ring gauge, ring clamp, ring tumble polisher and more.

You will be expected to have some soldering ability.  I enthusiastically recommend that you bring a bezel cup or bezel plate and stone that you would like to mount. A stone and bezel or bezel plate that demonstrates your unique style. If you can't bring a stone and bezel plate or bezel cup then I have about 20 different cabochons with bezel cups that are 13x18 mm. The Turquoise in the picture above is a 13x18 mm.  My recommendation is for a stone and cup or bezel plate that would be similar or larger than those  pictured above, but this is a your ring so pick or make something that will demonstrate your style or creativity.

Since some of my students soldering ability is a little rusty I will give a one hour demo on safety and fundamentals.  Within two hours you will be creating your ring. We expect that you can make at least one ring in class, we may be able to make two based on the student skill levels.

You must register/pay at David site - Click Here

Beginning Silversmithing

Torch and working with silver
Sat, 10/05/2019 - 10:00am to Sun, 10/06/2019 - 5:00pm
Class Level: 
Class Fee: 

This class is 12 hours over 2 consecutive days

Class size is limited to 10 students

The supplies are additional according to what you pick. (Materials fee of $35 to $70 collected on the day of class.

David Smith, a metal worker with over 30 years experience, has been selling jewelry and providing jewelry creation instruction for the past 7 years.

David is also a member of the Society of American Silversmiths.

" I will teach you the basics of creating stunning silver jewelry and get you started on the road to becoming a profitable Silversmith"  David Smith

You must register/pay at David site - Click Here

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