Classes & Events

5D-IMG_3716Classes/workshops can be scheduled most days or weekends, late morning, afternoon, or early evening. These workshops are held at Studio 004 (Crystal Forge glassblowing studio), Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St., Omaha NE 68102. Contact Margie to  schedule your own class/workshop.

Cash/check/credit card accepted.

BEGINNING BEADMAKING (4 hours, maximum 2 students) is an intensive beginner’s workshop focusing on safety and setup, torches and tools, round and barrel beads, embellishments such as frit and stringer, shaping, encasing and more. Students will gain experience on the single-fuel torch as well as the surface-mix (oxygen/propane) torch. This workshop is set up for one-to-one or two-to-one (provided students know each other). Students receive printed handouts as well as a CD with extensive information about safety, resources, etc. Margie provides all materials, tools, etc. Cost is $125 each student.

MAKE-IT-TAKE-IT GLASS BEAD WORKSHOP (2 hours, minimum of 3-maximum of 6 students) is a fun, hands-on workshop focusing on learning to make round beads and decorating them with various colors of frit. Learn to manipulate the glass using gravity and a single tool. This workshop has been used by friends who are curious about glass beadmaking, small corporate groups as team building experiences, and other groups who want to try a different kind of art experience. Groups are welcome to bring in snacks and beverages. Cost is $40 each student.

MAKE-IT-TAKE-IT JEWELRY MAKING WORKSHOP (2 hours, minimum of 3-maximum of 10 students) is a fun, hands-on workshop focusing on learning to make drop earrings or a necklace or a bracelet. Margie demonstrates how glass beads are made and discusses jewelry design elements; then attendees get to choose glass beads made by Margie as focals as well as other kinds of fillers for their own creative piece of jewelry. Margie will help attendees learn to bend wire to make simple loops for finishing drops and pendants or how to use crimp beads to finish a bracelet or a necklace. This workshop has been used by friends who want to learn how to make jewelry, small corporate groups as team building experiences, and other groups who want to try a different kind of art experience. Groups are welcome to bring in snacks and beverages. Cost is $40 each student.

TRY IT NOW! (30 minutes, maximum of 2 students) is a 30-minute experience on the torch. Choose your glass bead color and, with Margie’s help, create some beads on the torch! Cost is $25 for 30 minutes. Walk-ins welcome!

HERE COMES THE BRIDE—CUSTOM WEDDING JEWELRY (2 hours) is a fun workshop for wedding parties. The bride and bridesmaids will work with Margie to design a special bead that will be used as a pendant for each of the female members of the wedding party. After, Margie will make the beads, anneal them in a kiln for extra strength, then create the pendants. Margie can also work with the bride and groom to create tie tacks and/or cufflinks for each male member of the wedding party. Margie will provide beverages and snacks. Cost is $75 for the 2-hour workshop. Cost of each piece of jewelry to be determined with half of the workshop price going towards the final cost of the jewelry.

Displays_Margie's Beads

2016 EVENTS

April 16-17, 10am-5pm Sat/4pm Sun: Omaha Bead Affair, LaVista Community Center, 81st & Parkview Blvd, LaVista NE

April 16-17, various times: Make-It-Take-It workshop and Dots & Squiggles workshop offered through Omaha Bead Affair (www.omahabeadaffair.com)

April 23-24, 12-8pm Sat/12-5pm Sun: Hot Shops Open House, 13th & Nicholas, Omaha NE

July 23, 10am-4pm: ISGB Bead Bazaar, New Orleans LA

Sept 17, 10am-4pm: Beads of Courage Challenge Day, Crystal Forge studio at Hot Shops

October, 10am-4pm daily: Midwest Lampworkers Guild show, Hot Shops Art Center, 13th & Nicholas, Omaha NE

October 30, 2-4pm: Art in the Bag fundraiser for Beads of Courage, Hot Shops Art Center, 13th & Nicholas, Omaha NE

Dec 3-4: Hot Shops Open House

2015 EVENTS

Jan 5, 6-8 pm: Make-It-Take-It workshop, LaVista Community Center, 81st and Parkview Blvd, LaVista

Jan 24, 12-4 pm: Beginning Beadmaking workshop, LaVista Community Center, 81st and Parkview Blvd, LaVista

Feb 2, 6-8 pm: Make-It-Take-It workshop, LaVista Community Center, 81st and Parkview Blvd, LaVista

Feb 21, 12-4 pm: Beginning Beadmaking workshop, LaVista Community Center, 81st and Parkview Blvd, LaVista

Mar 9, 6-8 pm: Make-It-Take-It workshop, LaVista Community Center, 81st and Parkview Blvd, LaVista

Mar 21, 12-4 pm: Beginning Beadmaking workshop, LaVista Community Center, 81st and Parkview Blvd, LaVista

Apr 6, 6-8 pm: Make-It-Take-It workshop, LaVista Community Center, 81st and Parkview Blvd, LaVista

Apr 11-12, 10 am-5 pm: Omaha Bead Affair, LaVista Community Center, 81st and Parkview Blvd, LaVista

Apr 25, 12-4 pm: Beginning Beadmaking workshop, LaVista Community Center, 81st and Parkview Blvd, LaVista