Class Descriptions & Schedule

Below you’ll find information on all of the classes we offer sorted by category. We offer over 30 classes on beading basics, wire wrapping, bead weaving, metalsmithing, enameling, glass bead making, and a variety of more techniques in our fun stuff category! Click on the date links to sign up for that class.

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Beading Basics Classes

Two Hole Bead Wrap Bracelet

Wrap bracelets are so much fun to make! We will use two hole beads and seed beads to make this double wrap design. A simple button and loop closure finishes this bracelet off beautifully. We will be using stringing wire and crimp tubes for this design, no needle and thread! If you use reading glasses, you will want to bring them along. 2 hours.

Skill Level: Beginner

Class Fee: $19.00 + materials ($8.00 & up)

Thursday, November 29, 1-3pm

Knotted Silk Necklace

Learn to knot the traditional way, with silk! Knotted semiprecious stone beads are such a hot trend, but you could use pearls or the beads of your choice. We will take the mystery out of starting and ending, and how to get those knots where you want them! You can add a pendant or tassel if you like. 2 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $29.00 + materials ($8.00 & up)

Tuesday, November 13, 1-3pm

Tuesday, December 11, 6-8pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $40.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Bead Stringing Fundamentals

In this class you will learn the fundamentals of bead stringing using flexible beading wire and crimp tubes. We will also show you how to add ends to leather and clasps to chain. Wear them all together or separately, you choose. Pick out your own beads and charms to create your own bracelets or necklaces or whatever combination of the 3 techniques! This is a great beginning class full of useful information for the novice jewelry maker. Includes bonus information on other stringing materials and finishing techniques. 2-1/2 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $29.00 + materials ($10.00 & up)

Wednesday, November 7, 5:30-8pm

Saturday, December 15, 10am-12:30pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $25.00 for 1 hour. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Wire Wrapping Classes

Wire Wrap Bracelet

In this class, you will be learning the techniques of looping and coiling with wire to connect beads in a chain link manner, commonly known as wire wrapping. You’ll get in plenty of practice while you create this super cute design! You will also learn how to shape and hammer jump rings. Finish with a trendy leather loop to complete the design, or keep it simple with just a clasp, your choice. You will pick out your own beads and wire. *Note that a certain amount of hand strength and dexterity is needed for this technique. 2 1/2 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $29.00 + materials ($7.00 & up)

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $40.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Wire Cages for Beach Stones & Glass

Learn to cage beach glass or a favorite stone with wire. We will show you 3 designs. They are suited to a large range of shapes including irregular ones. Think beach rocks, lucky stones or beach glass. You can bring your own stones or glass, but we have plenty to choose from too! Note that a certain amount of hand strength and dexterity is needed for this technique. 2 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $29.00 + materials ($8.00 & up)

Thursday, November 8, 1-3:30pm

Thursday, December 6, 5:30-8pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $25.00 for 1 hour and 1 design or $50.00 for all 3 designs. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Earring Workshop

You will make 3 styles of earrings while learning some basic wire wrapping techniques, as well as how to shape and hammer wire for an awesome, handcrafted, artisan look. You will also learn how to make your own ear wires. As long as you have some 20 gauge wire you will never run out of ear wires again! *Note that a certain amount of hand strength and dexterity is needed for this technique. 2-1/2 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $29.00 + materials ($10.00 & up)

Saturday, November 17, 10am-12:30pm

Monday, December 17, 1-3:30pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $45.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Bead Loom Weaving on the Rick’s Loom

We will walk you through the whole process from design to the best finishing touches. Using the Rick’s bead loom you will learn a warping technique that only has two warp ends to finish. This is a great improvement for loom work and you will love using this nice wooden loom. Your design will be made up of fire polish and seed beads. If you use reading glasses, bring them along! 3 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $39.00 + materials ($15.00 & up)

Sunday, November 18, 12:30-3:30pm

Friday, December 14, 12:30-3:30pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $55.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

All Laced Up Wrap Bracelet

A great design that can easily be adapted for a feminine or masculine look. This trend has become a mainstay, so come learn how to make your own! We’ll combine leather and the beads of your choice to create this casual design. Make 1- 3 wraps in all, using the beads of your choice. We sell both instructions and kits too if you can’t make a class! 2-1/2 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $29.00 + materials ($10.00 & up)

Wednesday, November 14, 5:30-8pm

Wednesday, December 12, 1-3:30pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $40.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Beaded Cabochons

This class is another great introduction to stitching with seed beads. We’ll start with a stone cabochon and learn a versatile bead embroidery technique to create a beautiful beaded bezel around the stone. Step by step instruction will be given to help ensure your success! If you use reading glasses, you will want to bring them along. 3 1/2 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $39.00 + materials ($8.00 & up)

Wednesday, November 28, 12:30-4pm

Wednesday, December 19, 12:30-4pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $60.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Boho Brick Stitch Earrings

This is a great beginning stitching project! It’s fun, it’s quick, it’s satisfying, it’s an awesome color study all in one! We’ll combine different sizes of seed beads, fire polish and a round crystal or bead to construct this great circular brick stitch earring design. You will make 2 medallions in class for earrings or pendants. These can also be stitched together to make a bracelet or pendant! If you use reading glasses, you’ll want to bring them along. 3 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $29.00 + materials ($10.00 & up)

Friday, November 23, 1-4pm

Wednesday, December 5, 1-4pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $45.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Fun Stuff – Various Jewelry Techniques

Drilling Stone, Shell & Glass

We get asked all the time about drilling your precious finds. Now, we would like to show you how! Using diamond coated drill bits and a drill press, or motorized flexible shaft, we will show you the basics on how to drill a hole in these materials. You can plan to bring some of your own things in with you. No thicker than 1/4 inch (and that is pretty thick!), a little thinner is better. We will have some stones & faux beach glass available for purchase if you don’t have any to bring. 1 1/2 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $19.00 + materials ($7.00 & up)

Saturday, November 10, 10-11:30am

Saturday, December 8, 10-11:30am

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $25.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Handcrafted Resin Pendants

Learn the ins and outs of Ice Resin epoxy resin, Gel de Sol, and epoxy clay to make great custom pendants. We will be using pre-made metal frames for the resin pieces. We will show you how to seal photos or papers, mix the resin and add small items to decorate the resin. The epoxy clay can be stamped and put in a frame or items like stone chips can be embedded in the clay or molded around a crystal point or even rolled out flat. You will make 2-3 pieces. 2-1/2 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $29.00 + materials ($10.00 & up)

Thursday, November 15, 1-3:30pm

Thursday, December 13, 5:30-8pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $40.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Chakra Charm Necklace

We pulled this one out from the archives since chakra jewelry is so popular again! We will use metal wire and stones to fashion this eclectic necklace. We will have some basic information on the stones associated with each of the seven chakras to assist you in your selections. Hang a crystal in the middle to energize them all! Add some lava to the chain for aromatherapy! This is also a fun design with charms and stones, no need to address your chakras if you aren’t interested. 2 1/2 hours.

Skill Level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $29.00 + materials ($8.00 & up)

Monday, November 19, 1-3:30pm

Tuesday, December 4, 5:30-8:30pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $40.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Letter Stamping Into Metal

Letter stamping is a great way to create personalized jewelry! Whether it be names or phrases or design stamps, we will show you all the tricks to stamping into metal blanks. Choose from a variety of metal and shapes to make your design. We will show you our favorite way to darken the letters. 1-1/2 hours.

Skill Level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $19.00 + materials ($8.00 & up)

Monday, December 10, 1-3pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $40.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Metalsmithing Classes

Riveted Metal Earrings or Pendant

You will learn to cut basic shapes with a jewelers saw, add some texture and rivet the pieces together. Then you will use liver of sulphur to antique the metal pieces. Make a charming pair of earrings or pendant. This design gives the option to start with any of the metal blanks to create your own design. 2-1/2 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $29.00 + materials ($8.00 & up)

Friday, November 30, 5:30-8pm

Saturday, December 29, 10am-12:30pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $45.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Soldered Square Rings

Square rings are fun to wear! They are especially nice when you have larger knuckles. You can slip them on diagonally to fit over the knuckle better and then turn the ring square for wearing. You will make 2 rings out heavy gauge wire and forge to size and shape. 2-1/2 hours.

Skill Level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $29.00 + materials ($18.00 & up)

Tuesday, November 27, 1-3:30pm

Thursday, December 20, 5:30-8pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $50.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Adjustable Ring With Two Stones

An introduction into ring making, learn basic silver soldering and bezel techniques using a butane torch. We will use bezel cups to set two small stones in this adjustable ring design. Walk out with a darling new ring! 2-1/2 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $29.00 + materials ($18.00 & up)

Monday, December 3, 1-3:30pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $50.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Soldered Prong Set Pendant

Here’s a fun way to capture a cabochon! Using heavy gauge sterling silver or copper wire we will solder this sweet little design in no time. Suitable to capture a wide variety of shapes. Looks fantastic with our free form cabochons from Rockhound Cabs! 2-1/2 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $29.00 + materials ($5.00 & up)

Friday, November 9, 5:30-8pm

Friday, December 7, 1-3:30pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $50.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Soldered Stacking Rings

This class is a great introduction into ring making. Learn basic silver soldering techniques using a butane torch. Make three to five rings for stacking, Mix metal or shapes to create your stack. You can also stamp designs, words, texture, to further personalize your ring set. We’ll show you how to solder with small chips of solder as well as a stick solder method, and then add texture for a rustic shine if you like. 3 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $39.00 + materials ($18.00 & up)

Tuesday, November 20, 5:30-8pm

Tuesday, December 18, 1-3:30pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $60.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Metal Fabrication Workshop

Learn essential fabrication skills as you make a beautiful pendant! You will be learning sawing, piercing, texturing, soldering, stone setting using a bezel cup and sterling silver to make this project. You will be designing your own shape or you can use one of our designs. 3 hours.

Skill level: XX Intermediate

Prerequisite: Riveted Metal Earrings, Wire Wrapping, Surface Design, or Soldered Rings

Class Fee: $39.00 + materials ($8.00 & up)

Saturday, November 24, 10am-1pm

Saturday, December 22, 12:30-3:30pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $70.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Bezel Set Pendant

You will learn how to choose a cabochon, size and shape a fine silver bezel, and then solder the bezel to a flat piece of sterling sheet. Create the bail, set your stone and you are done! Wow! 4 hours.

Skill Level: XXX Advanced

Prerequisite: Metals Fabrication Workshop or sawing and soldering experience

Class Fee: $49.00 + materials ($20.00 & up)

Monday, November 26, 12-4pm

Sunday, December 9, 12-4pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $80.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Bezel Set Ring

Learn to make a unique sterling silver and stone ring. You will learn how to size and shape a fine silver bezel, solder it together, and then solder the bezel to a flat or half round piece of sterling wire. Set your stone and tada! 4-1/2 hours.

Skill Level: XXX Advanced

Prerequisite: Metals Fabrication Workshop or sawing and soldering experience

Class Fee: $59.00 + materials ($20.00 & up)

Sunday, November 25, 12-4:30pm

Sunday, December 23, 12-4:30pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $80.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Spinning Ring

We love teaching this popular design! Hone your soldering and forging skills while you create this great ring design that has floating bands that spin around the main shank! A great design for mixing metals! You will be able to design your width, bands and metals you use. 3 hours.

Skill level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Metal Fabrication Workshop or basic sawing or soldering skills

Class Fee: $39.00 + materials ($8.00 & up)

Saturday, November 10, 1-4pm

Saturday, December 8, 1-4pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $65.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Backless Bezel Setting

Bring your beach glass and we will show you how to choose the best piece of glass to make a backless bezel setting. You will want to look for flat pieces with an even thickness for the best results! From there, learn how to form and solder your bezel and add a ring to hang your manmade gem from! 2 hours.

Skill level: XX Intermediate

Prerequisite: Metal Fabrication Workshop or Adjustable Ring

Class Fee: $39.00 + materials ($10.00 & up)

Friday, November 16, 1-3pm

Friday, December 21, 1-3pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $55.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Low-Tech Freeform Casting

Low tech casting at its finest! We will show you 3 methods that each yield a different look. All are unpredictable and organic in nature and that’s exactly why we love this so much! Cast pieces can be drilled, wired or soldered to be used in so many creative ways. Water, broom & cuttlebone casting will be taught. Bring your own scrap sterling or buy from us. 3 hours.

Skill level: XX Intermediate

Prerequisite: Previous experience with a torch

Class Fee: $39.00 + materials ($15.00 & up)

Thursday, December 27, 5:30-8:30pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $50.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Enameling

Torch Fired Enamel on Copper

Learn the ins and outs of this time honored technique of adding color to metal. In this entry level class, we will enamel 3-5 pieces that can be made into earrings, charms or linked together for a bracelet or necklace. Learn to apply opaque and transparent enamels, layer enamels, make sgraffito designs and more. We are only making the components during class, not a finished piece. 3 hours.

Skill level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $39.00 + materials ($10.00 & up)

Friday, December 28, 1-4pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $60.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Raku Enameled Fold Form Shapes

We think you’ll like what we added to this fold form project! We’ll show you how to make a basic leaf shape which can be adapted into a classic heart shape. You could do square or diamond shapes as well. Your shape will be cut from copper and annealed and forged to create this lovely form. Then you will learn how to torch fire copper enamel onto the leaf and using a raku technique at the end to produce beautiful metallic sheen and shimmer! You will make one leaf or shape in class. 3 hours

Skill Level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $39.00 + materials ($10.00 & up)

Saturday, December 1, 10am-1pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $60.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.

Glass Lamp Work

Glass Bead Making 101

Come explore the exciting world of hot glass! Learn how to use a hot head torch to make several glass beads. We will start with a basic round bead and then we will add some decorative touches as well. You will make 4-6 beads. 2-1/2 hours.

Skill Level: X Beginner

Class Fee: $29.00 + materials ($8.00 & up)

Monday, November 12, 1-3:30pm

Schedule your own time with two or more people for the above fee or receive private instruction for $55.00. Call us at (616) 296-0020.