Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Online jewelry and beading education


Unfortunately, it's not always possible to go somewhere to take a class. There's so much to be said for classes...being able to see the technique demonstrated, being able to ask questions, mixing and mingling and meeting new people. It's all good. But it just doesn't work out for everyone.

Fortunately, there is the internet!

There are two main categories of posts on this very blog that will lead you to lots of techniques, tips, tutorials, and fun new projects to try. There are also lots of new sources that I'll be adding to these categories pretty regularly. There will be some overlap on these lists. Sorry, but it's unavoidable :-)

The Basics - Getting Started - online instruction to help take the place of basic classes

Tutorials & Techniques - all kinds of beading and jewelry how-tos


There are other class and tutorial resources all over the internet, and I've included quite a few of them below.  some are free and some are not. If you'd like to share a source that you think I've missed, please do! I'd love to be able to have the most complete list of resource links for online learning anywhere!

E-courses by Tammy Powley
Free resources from the About.com guide

JewelryLessons
Featuring tutorials by Eni Oken and friends

Interweave Store
Online store of projects

Bead Patterns
Especially helpful for seed bead patterns

Ganoksin
An unbelievable database of jewelry making tutorials

Beaducation
Online classes by nationally known teachers

Polymer Clay Tutor
Videos and much more by Cindy Lietz

Jewelry Making Professor
Lots of helpful videos

Instructional sheets at Rings & Things

Bead and wire charts from SoftFlex

Beginner course from the Land of Odds


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