Class Techniques

Seed Beading

Bead & Wire Crochet

Seed Beading

seed beading classes at buttercup beads

Seed Beading Classes incorporate numerous techniques and are created off loom using needle and beading thread. Multiple techniques, and multiple projects for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced student. Follow patterns or create your own designs using multiple techniques. There is something for everyone here. 

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Wire Classes

Bead & Wire Crochet

Seed Beading

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Our Wire Classes incorporate wire techniques along with beads and other findings.  Learn how to use wire to make rings, bracelets, necklaces, charms, and earrings. Most projects are completed in one afternoon. Expand your jewelry making techniques by learning some of these amazing techniques. 

Bead & Wire Crochet

Bead & Wire Crochet

Bead & Wire Crochet

tubular bead crochet

Both Bead and Wire Crochet use beads, cording, and a crochet hook.  Beginner, intermediate, and advanced techniques.  Once you learn the basics, Bead Crochet adapts easily to multiple size beads and styles.  You will love learning how to bead crochet with wire or other cording. Beautiful as well as functional.

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Chainmaille

Holiday Projects

Bead & Wire Crochet

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Chainmaille dates back to around 300 B.C. and was used as light weight armor that resisted piercing and slashing.  Today it has evolved for use in beautiful jewelry weaves for both men and women.  Use these weaves to make earrings, necklaces, bracelets, links, pendants and charms. Let your inner warrior prevail by learning how to create these beautiful jewelry weaves. Beginner to advanced techniques.  Fun to do and works up fast. 

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Knotting

Holiday Projects

Holiday Projects

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A staple for all jewelry makers, our Knotting Classes are a great way to take pearls, crystals, stones, or any other type of beads and turn them into beautiful hand knotted jewelry. This technique is fun to do and we will show you how to get those knots looking tight and consistent. Easy peazy and every time beautiful.

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Holiday Projects

Holiday Projects

Holiday Projects

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Keep your holidays sparkling using a variety of techniques. Perfect for home decor or to give as gifts to friends and family. A nice way to use beads to make a variety of ornaments and jewelry for every occasion.   Festive and fun to do!

The Basics: Stringing 101

The Basics: Stringing 101

The Basics: Stringing 101

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Use these classes to learn the very basics of jewelry making.  Learn about the materials and crimping technique with Stringing 101. These classes allow you to make all kinds of jewelry in one short afternoon. 

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The Basics: Earrings 101

The Basics: Stringing 101

The Basics: Stringing 101

earring 101 buttercup beads

Use these classes to learn the very basics of jewelry making.  Earring 101 teaches you how to create beautiful earrings. This class allow you to make all kinds of earrings in one short afternoon. 

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Kumihimo & Mixed Media

The Basics: Stringing 101

Kumihimo & Mixed Media

beaded kumihimo at buttercup beads

Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Beaded Kumihimo uses seed beads and cording to create beautiful jewelry. A very meditative technique and fun for the whole family. You will love this technique.

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Lampwork

Lampwork

Kumihimo & Mixed Media

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About Lampworking 

The technique of making glass beads has been around for thousands of years. Once glass is heated to a molten state, the glass is applied to a mandrel and shaped into a bead and decorated with tools and hand movements. It is also known as flameworking or torchworking, as the modern practice no longer uses oil-fueled lamps. It is a bit like glass blowing just on a smaller scale.  

My private lampworking classes will give you the basics of shaping and decorating beads, as well as learning how to set up a proper and safe studio to work.  

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Seed Bead Classes

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Bead Crochet Classes

The Basics: Tubular Bead Crochet

The Basics: Tubular Bead Crochet

The Basics: Tubular Bead Crochet

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Tubular Bead Crochet - 

Beginner

Just look what a small crochet hook and a pile of beads can do! Use alone or use it to make stunning cording for all your favorite focal beads.  Vary the pattern by adding more colors and/or sizes of beads. You will love the results.  3 hour class.

Level:  Beginner
Instructor:  Ellen Krawiec
Fee:  $55. + materials. (3 hour class)

Ribbon Spiral Crochet

The Basics: Tubular Bead Crochet

The Basics: Tubular Bead Crochet

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Ribbon Spiral Bead Crochet -

 Intermediate

Learn how to make this pretty ribbon design using Bead Crochet.  The variations are endless.  You will love making this necklace/bracelet.  Students should already be familiar with basic bead crochet. 

Level:  Beginner/Intermediate
Instructor:  Ellen Krawiec
Fee: $55. + materials. 

Polka Dot Rope Crochet

Polka Dot Rope Crochet

Polka Dot Rope Crochet

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Polka Dot Rope Bead Crochet - Intermediate

After you learn Introduction to tubular Bead Crochet you will want to take your skills to the next level.  Learn how to make this stunning polka dot pattern and add a focal to your bead crochet projects. Let Ellen show you the secrets. 

Level:  Intermediate
Instructor:  Ellen Krawiec
Fee:  $55.+ materials.

Euro Bead Crochet

Polka Dot Rope Crochet

Polka Dot Rope Crochet

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Euro Bead Crochet -

Diamond Spiral

Intermediate/Advanced

This is an intermediate version of Bead Crochet - done European style - you will love the subtle look and texture of this technique. Just look what a small crochet hook and a pile of beads can do! Use alone or use it to make stunning cording for all your favorite focal beads.  Vary the pattern by adding more colors and/or sizes of beads. You will love the results.  

Level:  Intermediate - Must know how to crochet
Instructor:  Ellen Krawiec
Fee:  $55. + materials. (3 hour class) 

Chain Maille Classes

Byzantine

Full Persian

Full Persian

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Full Byzantine Bracelet 

Begin your adventures in Chain-Maille by learning the ancient Byzantine link. A quick and beautiful way to make an interesting sterling silver linked bracelet in just one short class.  

Level:  Beginner/Intermediate
Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga
Fee: $35. + Kit

Full Persian

Full Persian

Full Persian

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Full Persian Weave

If you loved Byzantine, you will love this fantastic weave too.  Bright and Airy and fun to do - Let Andrea show you the secrets of this pretty weave.


Level:  Intermediate
Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga
Fee: $35. + Materials 

Flower Chain

Full Persian

Hugs & Kisses

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Flower Chain Weave

This pretty weave intertwines larger and smaller rings for a pretty flower design.  Great alone or to use as links. Easy to do and works up fast. 


Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga

Fee: $35. + Materials


Hugs & Kisses

Celtic Circles

Hugs & Kisses

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Hugs & Kisses 

This weave combines the best of two worlds, Byzantine and Flower.  You will love making this pretty design. 


Level:  Intermediate

Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga

Fee: $35. + Materials

Jen's Pind

Celtic Circles

Celtic Circles

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Jen's Pind

 Learn how to make this gorgeous weave in one short class. Jen's Pind is an Intermediate weave that is both bold and beautiful.


Level:  Intermediate
Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga
Fee:  $35. + materials

Celtic Circles

Celtic Circles

Celtic Circles

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Celtic Circles 

~is a beautiful combination technique weave that incorporates beads or crystals in with the design.  Perfect for any wardrobe. 


Level:  Intermediate

Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga

Fee: $35. + Materials

Knotting Classes

Pearl Knotting

Mala Meditation Beads

Mala Meditation Beads

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Easy & Elegant Pearl Knotting


Learn how to hand knot your pearls like the professionals!  A perfect way to restring your own pearls, re-design your grandmothers pearls, or make new gifts for weddings and proms. Students will learn how to knot a necklace using pearls or selection of beads - in any length desired. Works up super fast and is really fun to do!


Level:  Beginner
Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga
Fee:  $35.00 + Materials

Mala Meditation Beads

Mala Meditation Beads

Mala Meditation Beads

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Mala Meditation Beads


Learn how to make a traditional Mala necklace with our new Mala beads, tassels, and guru beads.  This is a soft and supple necklace that can be used to help with mediation, yoga, or as a beautiful accessory.  They will make perfect Holiday gifts for your friends and family.  You will love making these necklaces. 

Level:  Beginner/intermediate
Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga
Fee:  $35 + materials

Sparkly Girl

Sparkly Girl

Sparkly Girl

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Sparkly Girl -

Love, love, love this necklace - so delicate and pretty - it goes from denim to dress.  Learn how to knot this beautiful necklace in one short class. Students should go home with a finished project.  Let Andrea show you how to get all knotty without getting all knotted up!


Level: Beginner
Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga
Fee:  $35. + materialsls

Boho Chic

Sparkly Girl

Sparkly Girl

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Boho Chic

I had a hard time capturing how pretty this delicate knotted necklace is!  You will love this pretty design - it works up fast and can be adjusted to different spacing options. It utilizes pretty Czech crystals and silk cord. Once you learn the technique - the design options are endless. A great way to use up some stray beads and crystals.


Technique: Spaced knotting

Level:  Beginner/intermediate.

Fee: $35. + kit

The Basics

Stringing 101

Stringing 101

Stringing 101

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Stringing 101:  

Have fun beading using cable wire & crimp beads. 

In this perfect beginner beading class, students will learn the basics of stringing and design, including review of raw materials and proper use & application of tools.  Your necklace design  will be completed and able to be worn home by end of class. Please plan on arriving early to review your supply list and to purchase any materials you may need.  2 hours.

Level:  Beginner
Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga
Fee:  $35 + Materials.

Earrings 101

Stringing 101

Stringing 101

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Earrings 101 - 

Simple Loops, Coiled/wrapped Loop, Custom Head Pins


Are your loops looking lopsided or your wire wraps looking messy? Then this class is for you. Learn how to perfect those basic, but most important wire working techniques in no time with this little earring class. Simple Loop, Wire Wrapping, and making your own custom head pins will be the focus of the class.  An absolute necessity for those just learning how to make jewelry, because an earring, is also a charm, a pendant, and/or a link in a bracelet...we'll show you how in just  2 hours.


Level: Beginner
Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga
Fee:  $35+ Materials

Kumihimo & Mixed Media Classes

Basic Kumihimo

Beaded Kumihimo

Beaded Kumihimo

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Japanese Kumihimo Braiding


Learn the ancient art of Japanese Kumihimo (ku-mee-hee-mo) Braiding in this interesting and fun little class.  A great way to include fiber arts into your jewelry making skills.  Students will use the Kumikimo disk with 3 or 4 hand-dyed silk cords and findings to complete a bracelet. A technique that can be used with a multitude of variations and assorted fibers, including beaded fibers. Embellishes beautifully with Lampwork or other large hole beads. Also an excellent medium for use in men's jewelry designing.  A great fresh look to any spring or summer wardrobe. Kid Friendly too.


Level:  Beginner
Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga
Fee:  $35 + Materials. 

Beaded Kumihimo

Beaded Kumihimo

Beaded Kumihimo

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Beaded Kumihimo


Learn how to braid beads with fibers using the ancient art of Kumihimo weaving.  Andrea will show you how to weave a variety of beads into a beautiful bracelet in just a few hours. A perfect addition to any wardrobe. So soft & pretty!


Level:  Intermediate
Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga
Fee:  $35. + materials.

Textures Necklace

Textures Necklace

Textures Necklace

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Textures- 

Mixed Media Necklace.


 Learn how to turn something simple into something fabulous in just a few hours. Mix fibers with beads and add a great focal if you want. Totally soft and warm around your neck.  It feels like you're wearing a scarf!  


Level:  Beginner
Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga
Fee:  $35 + materials.

Bohemian Woman

Textures Necklace

Textures Necklace

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Bohemian Woman


"A bohemian woman could be a Grisette or Mistress; Muse; Model; Wife; Mother, Independent Woman; Worker; Free Spirit; or Artist."  ~Elizabeth Wilson, Glamorous Outcasts.


Let your spirit run free with this fun wrap beaded leather bracelet.  Perfect for casual outing, looks great with denim and best -

it's fun to do!  


Level:  beginner/intermediate
Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga
Fee: $35 + materials.

Lampworking Class

About Flameworking

Make Focals and More!

Make Focals and More!

lampworking classes at buttercup beads


Lampwork Your Own Glass Beads.


Learn how to make your own beautiful glass beads using a Mapp gas and/or a Minor Propane/Oxy torch using Moretti 104 soft glass rods. 


Students will learn kiln,  glass & equipment safety, proper use of materials and tools, basic shapes, gravity contol and marvering, and basic decorating techniques based on individual abilities.  Practice makes perfect or not so perfect too...


Make Focals and More!

Make Focals and More!

Make Focals and More!

lampwork focal bead by andrea mazzenga

Learn how to make focal pendants, spacers beads, and more in different shapes, sizes, and decorations. 


Students can progress to more advanced techniques like stringer control, foil & silver applications, encasing, color mixing, and using molds as they master their skills and best - at their own pace. 


Combine your techniques!

Combine your techniques!

Combine your techniques!

lampwork lariat by andrea mazzenga

Take your jewelry to the next level by combining your handmade beads with other techniques.

Endless Possibilites!

Combine your techniques!

Combine your techniques!

lampwork beads by andrea mazzenga

Follow time and tested techniques of freeform your own designs, melting glass is mesmerizing as well as fun.


Private lessons by appointment only. Classes held at my studio.


Instructor:  Andrea Mazzenga

Fee:  $350. + materials 

4 weeks    2.5 hrs./week.