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Discover the art of jewelry making with online bead classes. Learn to design and create your own stunning jewelry pieces, from necklaces to bracelets, and unleash your creativity while gaining valuable skills in this immersive online learning experience.

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Virtual Camp - Beading Basics – Jewelry

Dragonfly Designs

Ready to take your first step on your jewelry making journey? In this beginner beading class, get to know the tools of the trade, and all the techniques you need to know to start creating unique, dazzling beaded jewelry from scratch! Students will gain the knowledge and skill to create their own jewelry pieces. This class is a prerequisite for all other jewelry making courses. Projects  Single Strand Bracelet Wrap Bracelet/Necklace Earrings...

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5 sessions

Bead Embroidery

Textile Arts Center @ Live Online

Join us for an in-depth workshop on bead embroidery and textile embellishment. In this class, you'll learn how to use different beading, stitching, and image transferring techniques to create your own embellished textile designs.Materials + Equipment (students will be responsible for providing these): Muslin Needles Needle threader Floss Bobbins 2 colors of embroidery floss 6" diameter hoop Beads Sequins Markers Nylon cord/ thread Ruler...

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2 sessions

Bead Stringing Basics

Santa Monica College @ Online Classroom, Los Angeles, CA

Learn professional finishes for all your beading projects! In this class, we’ll cover beading wire & crimp beads, stretchy cord with 4 different endings, and Memory Wire. You’ll be able to make a wide range of necklaces or bracelets using these techniques. Student will receive detailed, printable instructions & a link to a recording of the class as reference.  Notes: Please contact [email protected] for a list of materials....

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Bead & Pearl Knotting

Santa Monica College

Learn to make a necklace on silk cord, with or without a clasp, using any kind of beads or pearls. You will also learn to attach clasps and use knots to create a floating illusion design. Student will also receive detailed, printable instructions & a link to a recording of the class for reference and review. Please read: Please contact instructor for material list. Optional tools $15

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Virtual Class - Beachy Beads – Jewelry

Dragonfly Designs

Keep that summer vibe going! These sunshine-packed jewelry pieces will brighten anyone’s day. Seashells and sand dollars here we come – students will walk away from this class with a collection of beachy jewelry to rock all winter long! Important – Beading Basics is a prerequisite for this class. Projects  Stretchy Stackable Bracelets 2 Strand Anklet Beachy Wire Wrapped Earrings Stackable Chokers Wood/Shell Pendant Necklace Note:...

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5 sessions

Beaded Mask Chain WebJam

CraftJam @ Online Classroom

Learn simple wire wrapping skills that will enable you to create your own unique mask chain and keep your mask close! If you deal with the daily struggle of what to do with your mask when it’s not on your face (what do you mean it’s not on your face?!) you are not alone. Do you let it dangle off one ear? Do you pull it down under your chin (ew, don’t do that!) Where is it supposed to go?! According to the New York Times, “Masks aren’t...

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Epoxy Pouring

Ginger Lou

Epoxy is an adhesive pour on topper and sealer with a glossy finish which really makes your colors pop! Epoxy is the perfect topper for any mixed media or collage piece. It is also great for pouring into molds with glitter or colored foil, beads, small images etc. or pouring over the top of a decoupaged table. The results are amazingly beautiful and durable. You are only limited by your own imagination! In this class you will learn the process...

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Winter Wonderland

Richmond Art Center

Get ready for some fun and new winter projects. Students will be creating a winter village snowman and more Class 1: Winter village- Using paper, scissors and more, students will be creating their own pop-up Winter village. Class 2: snowman in a jar- using a mason jar, paint and more, students will be creating a snowman. Class 3: Evergreen tree Macramé- using a wooden beads and string, students will be creating their own evergreen tree macramé....

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Fiber Rainbow

The Knitting Tree, LA @ Virtual Classroom

In this 2 hour workshop, you will use a variety of yarn choices to create a rainbow wall hanging alfresco in the garden.  Chose your color palette from tropical unicorns to moody and magical. All levels of fiber enthusiasts is welcome. This workshop will be fun + creative. Supplies included: wire, rope, wooden beads, and leather. Bring or purchase the color yarns you want to use - 10% off at The Knitting Tree, L.A.

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Wire Art Jewelry Making - Beginning Wire Wrapping

East Los Angeles College @ ELAC Virtual Classroom

Learn linking techniques for earrings, bracelets and necklace; how to make jump rings, spacers, charms, and clasps with a particular design, class will also cover how to attach beads with solderless wire. Bring your ideas & imagination. Ages 16 and up. Please read: Please request a list of required materials for this class at the time of registration. Instructions on how to access the course will be sent by email a day or two before the 1st...

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Wire Art Jewelry Making - Intermediate Wire Wrapping

East Los Angeles College @ ELAC Virtual Classroom

Discover more wire wrapping techniques such as making the outline of an object, like a heart, with solder-less wire. You will also learn how to wrap the outline with wire and beads and how to “sew” the crystals/pearls within the frame.  These techniques can be used to create an infinite array of figures to make pendants, bracelets and necklaces. This work of art makes an excellent gift or a possible source of income.   Note:...

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Jewelry Making: Wire Wrapping Colorful Jewels

Los Angeles City College @ Live Online

Discover more wire wrapping techniques! Learn how to make the outline of an object, like a heart, with solder-less wire, and wrap it with wire and beads. Then, in the process of construction, “sew” the crystals or pearls within the frame. These techniques can be used to create an infinite array of figures to make pendants, bracelets, and necklaces. This work of art makes an excellent gift!  No pre-requisites to take this class. Bring...

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Virtual Polymer Clay Earrings and Accessories

Jade Scarlett

Join us for this fun, beginner-friendly, no experience needed class and learn how to make unique earrings and other accessories with oven-bake clay using just a few tools and your imagination! We’ll show you how to mix colors, create gradient and marbleized patterns and how to add texture and layered elements to your one-of-a-kind jewelry creations.  In this class you will: Learn how to condition and work with polymer clay Design your...

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Virtual Workshop: Macrame Plant Hanger

Brooklyn Craft Company @ Interactive virtual class

Learn to make your own boho plant hanger in this virtual macramé class hosted via Zoom! No prior experience is needed. In this workshop, instructor Clare Harmon will lead as you learn: How to begin a macramé piece, including an overview of necessary materials. How to work several different macramé knots. How to incorporate a wooden ring and wooden beads. Leave with a finished plant hanger, and the know-how to...

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Shibori Dyeing

Textile Arts Center @ Live Online

Participating students will be responsible for having these materials available to them. Materials to dye (fabric scraps, clothing, tapestries, etc) Pre-Reduced Indigo (at least 24 grams) Thoix (at least 15 grams) Soda Ash (at least 75 grams) Measuring spoons Gloves Apron or clothing for dyeing Bucket, at least 3-5 gallon capacity Dye-dedicated tongs or spoon Drying line or rack Plastic drop cloth or outdoor work space Shibori Resists...

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Discover the Best Beading Classes Online

Beading has a long history of enhancing beauty and expressing cultural traditions. In face, the earliest known examples of beads formed from naturally punctured stones, seeds, and shells date to 300,000 B.C.E. in Kenya and Turkey.

Beads are still a much-loved expression of style and personal history. They can be made from semi-precious gems, glass, pearls and shells, wood, plastic, metal, and stone, and they range in size from tiny seed beads to distinctive accent beads in a wide range of shapes and designs. You can string beads together to create necklaces, bracelets, earrings and other accessories, or stitch and weave beads into fashion items like clothing, shoes, and bags.

Native American tribes have a rich history of using beads to create symbolic patterns on clothing and other items. Beads are a cultural staple and a means of sharing important messages. In many cultures beading is functional. People of all ages and skill levels can enjoy beading as a versatile and creative craft.

Why You Should Learn Beading Online

If you are looking for a relaxing hobby that is easy to learn and can be enjoyed in even the smallest spaces, beading might be the perfect fit. It’s a satisfying creative outlet and a way to create something truly original for yourself or for a special gift.

When you focus your mind on the intricate patterns and delicate techniques of beading, it helps you let go of the worries and pressures of your everyday life. The gentle attention is relaxing and meditative. Beading also improves hand-eye coordination and is therapeutic if you have difficulty using your hands, or for children learning essential fine motor skills and gripping techniques. 

When you learn new skills and complete a beading project, you’ll enjoy a sense of pride and accomplishment. Unique beaded jewelry and accessories are an expression of your personal style or a treasured gift. Plus, you’ll connect with newfound friends who share a passion for the craft when you join beading groups, attend workshops, or participate in online forums. Beading artisans sell their work at craft fairs, boutiques, and online shops. You can also teach beadwork to others, or create designs for others to follow. Join a national association like The Bead Society to learn about educational opportunities and connect with other beading enthusiasts.

Virtual Beading Classes 

Online classes are a great opportunity to hone your beading and connect with other makers. You can learn from expert instructors no matter where you live and save yourself the time of commuting. Beading doesn’t take much space, so you can create your personal studio in the comfort of your home. 

When you take online beading classes you may need to provide your own tools and materials. You can purchase what you need from local stores and online suppliers. To access your class, you’ll need a reliable internet connection and a computer or device with a microphone.

Hammered Earring by EatMetal, Inc. demonstrates making hammered metal earrings live and online. The class will cover how to make a jump ring, forge, solder, make findings, and finish your earrings. You’ll have a chance to ask the instructor questions in an open forum and there will be a discussion of the best materials and techniques.

Are you ready to start a fashion business with your jewelry creations? Brainstorm Your Fashion Business for Adults by M SHOP is an expert-led think tank to brainstorm your fashion business ideas. Join this jam session to explore whether your ideas make sense and fine-tune them. Once you know your next move, you’ll work out how much it will cost to start, how you’ll reach your ideal customer, and your best strategies for success. This is an opportunity to have fun with your jewelry business ideas.

Private Online Group Beading Classes

If you don’t see the online beading class you’re looking for, Coursehorse can create a live group class for you. Private online group beading classes for businesses are a great team-building event for your business or organization, and a fun way to spend time with friends. When you make crafts together, conversations flow, your brain is engaged, and your creativity is cranked up. 

Virtual Polymer Clay Jewelry will teach you the basic techniques for creating jewelry out of polymer clay. This class covers clay techniques like slab rolling for minimalist-style earrings or crafting beautiful flowers for a keychain or brooch. You can make your unique jewelry designs as simple or as complicated as you want and customize them to your personal taste. Each participant will receive a polymer clay starter jewelry kit with 42 bars of vibrant oven-bake molding clay, five sculpting tools, and accessories for making earrings and keychains.

In Virtual Clay Hand Building you’ll use simple pottery hand-building techniques to create a planter or candleholder. The air-dry clay for this class doesn’t require a kiln, so you can finish your project at home. Use your new skills to craft one-of-a-kind clay beads for your next beading project. This workshop is perfect for a group that likes to be hands-on. You’ll receive all materials needed for this class, including two pounds of professional-grade, air-drying clay and a tool set that includes a modeling tool, a ribbon tool, a loop tool, a potter's rib, a wire clay cutter, a metal scraper, a needle tool, and a sponge.

Enroll in Virtual Dot Mandala Painting to create your very own dot mandala designs. Dot painting originated from aboriginal Australia and a mandala in Sanskrit means a circle representing the universe. Dot mandalas are an easy way to explore this ancient art form. Making dot mandalas is relaxing and meditative and awakens your intuition and creativity. With step-by-step guidance from your instructor, even beginners will gain new skills and finish with a beautiful piece of art. This private, interactive workshop is led by a professional artist. Materials are provided, including a mandala tool set, craft acrylic paints, and four-by-four-inch canvas boards. You can add a bottle of wine for each participant for an additional $30.

If you don’t see the course you’re looking for, Coursehorse can create a beading class just for you. Contact them through the Contact Us button on their website. It’s easy to book a class with Coursehorse. Register with your estimated group size and the minimum deposit to secure your date, and let them know your final number of participants up to one week before your class date. For a $150 fee, you can customize your event even further by adding games, requesting specific questions or a themed game, or adding another event with materials included.

CourseHorse recommends using the Zoom platform for your class, but they can accommodate Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx. Many courses can even come to your office or home space if you’d like.

Online vs. In-Person Beading Classes

There are advantages to both online and in-person beading classes. When you have access to a local in-person beading class you can share your journey with other beading students in your community. Plus, you’ll learn faster with a hands-on instructor who can demonstrate each step and answer your questions along the way.

You might not have access to in-person beading classes near where you live. Online classes are a great option with live, expert teachers who support your learning every step of the way. Plus, you’ll get to know other beading students both near and far. 

When you choose a beading class, look at the experience level and artistic style of the instructor, whether materials are provided, and if the time fits your schedule. Think about where you can set up a space for your class beading projects so you won’t be disturbed by children or pets. Equally essential, make sure you have internet service and a web-connected device with a microphone to join a class online.

Can I Learn Beading for Free Online?

There are many options for learning beading online for free. You can find free resources like tutorials and videos that will help you get started and lead you through a variety of projects. But if you want help along the way and someone to demonstrate techniques for you and answer your questions, a live online class with an expert teacher will speed up your learning and ensure that you don’t have gaps in your skills. Plus, you’ll become part of a dispersed online community of other beaders who are learning along with you.

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