Workshops with Val Spencer Sun

Beaded Centipede Bracelet

Description: You will make a Sterling silver bracelet using a variation of an ancient chain maille weave.

Duration: 4 hours

Max participants: 6

Difficulty: Beginner

Prerequisite skills: Good eyesight and an ability to use a pair of pliers.

Workshop cost: $78 ($40 tutor fee + $38 kit fee) – payable directly to tutor

Kit contents:

  • Sterling silver rings to make a 20 cm bracelet
  • Sterling silver beads
  • Sterling silver clasp
  • Text and photo class instructions

Supplies required by participants:

  • 2 pair of chain nose pliers with smooth jaws
  • Work mat (bead mat, velvet or similar, not toweling)

Traditional pearl knotting

Description: Pearl knotting as a money earner, learn the traditional Chinese method which is the professional jeweller’s standard for stringing and restringing pearls. Learn the method used to knot a strand of gemstone beads, also how to knot an endless pearl rope with no clasp. You will learn the preferred thread type, thickness and method for pearls and gemstones.

Duration: 4 hours

Max participants: 6

Difficulty: Beginner. You will need to feel comfortable using a lightweight Dremel type of electric drill, as one will be used to enlarge the holes in some pearls. You need strong, agile fingers and hands.

Prerequisite skills: None

Kit cost: $58 ($40 tutor fee + $18 kit fee) – payable directly to tutor

Kit contents:

  • 3 Big Eye needles
  • Bullion
  • 2 Clasps and findings
  • Silk and synthetic thread
  • Dust Mask

Supplies required by participants:

  • Bring your own strand of pearls (cultured freshwater, not glass) and a strand of semi-precious gemstones. New strands or strands you would like to restring are fine. 8mm is a good size of pearl or stone to use when learning, nothing smaller than 6mm please. If you do not have pearls and beads, strands will be available in class at a reasonable price
  • Small scissors or a scalpel
  • Pair of pliers
  • Work mat
  • Bead board if you have one

Viking weave with pearls

Description: Learn to weave Viking Weave, how to start, finish and add end caps, add your choice of pearls or crystals to the weave. Create your own distinctive bracelet.

Duration: 4 hours

Max participants: 6

Difficulty: Beginner

Prerequisite skills: Agile hands, fingers, good eyesight and a sense of humour.

Workshop cost: $62 ($40 tutor fee + $22 kit fee) – payable directly to the tutor

Kit contents:

  • Sterling silver wire
  • End Caps
  • Clasp
  • Pearls or Swarovski crystals

Supplies required by participants:

  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Draw plate
  • Work mat

Register for a workshop with Val Spencer Sun

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I would like to register for the following workshop/s:
Beaded Centipede Bracelet - 9am SaturdayViking Weave Bracelet with Pearls - 9am SundayTraditional Pearl Knotting - 1pm Monday

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  • Participants must register for the Retreat and pay their deposit prior to registering for workshops;
  • The tutor will send me a confirmation of acceptance into this workshop. The confirmation will contain instructions for payment;
  • Workshop fees are to be paid in full within one month of booking. No refunds after 8 January 2018.