Idaho School of Art and Craft Offers Workshops on the Hottest (And Coldest) Techniques


Helen Driggs, managing editor of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, named cold-connections as one of the hottest beading techniques of 2010, writing “You’d have to be living under a rock to not know that cold connections are smokin’ hot.”

Even if, to the shock of your die-hard jeweler friends, you were entirely oblivious to the wonderful world of cold connections, your beady street cred can still be salvaged thanks to the Idaho School of Art and Craft, which is offering a two-day workshop on cold-connected beads June 26-June 27 taught by Alicia Jane Boswell.

The workshop will teach beginning and advanced students how to make metal beaded jewelry without using a soldering iron using custom connectors, interlocking beads, wire or tube rivets. Benefits of cold connected beading include easy cleanup and the ability to preserve intricate patterns on beads.

Day one provides students with an introduction to basic and intermediate jewelry making and metalsmithing techniques, design ideas, problem solving tactics and plenty of demonstrations on cold connections. On day two, students will be able to work on final finishing processes, such as hand polishing, sealing wax and non-traditional finishes.

Students are asked to bring traditional and/or non-traditional materials or old jewelry to the workshop. A suggested supply list is listed on their website, but tools will be provided and metal will be available for purchase.

Cost of the workshop runs a bit steep at $175 plus a $25 registration fee, but the intensive workshop will provide a great opportunity for beaders to learn about this specialized technique. To register, contact the school through their website or call 208-830-3644.