Current Workshops

"The Butterfly"
“The Butterfly”

The wings of the butterfly are constructed using Peyote and Brick stitch, and the body is made with a modified Indo-Chinese Box Stitch (an ancient, seldom-used stitch that will be taught in class). Its antennas are adorned with gem-quality freshwater pearls. The lariat rope uses a spiral of the same Indo-Chinese Box Stitch, representing the fence that divides the world we live in from ones we dream about—and the butterfly rests there, bridging both sides. Using precious metal-plated seed beads, the rope is woven in opposing spiraling directions, giving it an upward feel. At the end of each lariat is a lampwork Murano glass bead made from Effetre glass cane, famous for its color and quality.

 

Caléndula
Caléndula

Inspired by the art of Mexico with a modern twist. Growing up in Southern California, we would visit Olvera Street (the birth place of Los Angeles) during Dia de los Muertos where the streets were lined with marigolds in honor of the holiday. Many of the shops had beadwork with beautiful, bright colors. I made this bracelet in honor of those memories and to honor my family’s Spanish heritage. The class will premiere in November this year in Australia and then be available elsewhere in Spring 2022.

 

Wild at Heart
Wild at Heart

Designed in honor of Cliff’s mother—an adventuresome character who runs circles around people even half her age—this wild prairie rose pendant necklace reflects her love, its resilience, and its infiniteness. Five heart-shaped petals adorn a bezeled Swarovski chaton, surrounded by softly striated leaves. To complete the necklace, the pendant attaches to a beaded rope of Russian Snake Chain studded with 2mm Swarovski Pearls. Made for Heart of Texas Bead Retreat June 2021 and will be available to teach after December 2021.

 

2-in-1 Combination Lotus Necklace/Cocktail Ring
2-in-1 Combination Lotus Necklace/Cocktail Ring

Convertible Lotus Necklace/Ring 2-in-1–– The cocktail ring was first pattern I wrote and recently I decided to give it a fun update, turning it into a convertible piece of jewelry.  The necklace can be worn alone, with or without the ring to turn it into a beautiful coordinated set, or with the ring integrated into the necklace or just as a ring.  Versatile grace blooming with lots of hidden surprises.

 

O' My!
O’ My!

A beautiful piece with lots of bling, while not being overstated.  Great to dress up or down. The rope introduces a new type of fringing technique called “pinecone fringe” that creates a beautiful ruffled texture around the rope.

 

Ancres au Soleil
Ancres au Soleil

This class is dedicated to the memory of a dear friend of Cliff’s who was a sailor and amazing performing artist. The bracelet is based on an old nautical anchor chains and an Hérmes piece of jewelry Cliff was mesmerized by. Upon researching nautical chains, he discovered that anchor chains have a distinct center bar that prevents them from tangling. He included that bar in his piece and embellished it with over 2 gross of Swarovski crystals, over 150 Swarovski pearls and precious metal plated seed beads. The name “Ancres au Soleil” literally translates from French as “Anchors in the Sun” as the luscious bracelet sparkles like the water droplets on the chain as the sun shines brightly on them at sea.

 

California Poppy
California Poppy

Growing up, Cliff’s favorite wildflower—growing right in his own backyard—was the California Poppy. He loved its structure, from the beautiful wedge shaped petals, to the perfectly circular receptacle at the base of the petals, to the frond shaped leaves and the long straight stalks.  When Cliff and his husband David moved to California and David saw the flower for the first time, he too fell in love with it, not only for its structure, but also because it is orange—his favorite color. Because of their shared love of this delightful flower, the two of them set out to design their first collaborative pattern together. The combination of Matsuno and Miyuki beads give each petal its signature, subtle shapes and luscious glow. The flowers can be beaded to be more open or more bud-like, and the twisting stem adds a bit of artistic flair and grace to the overall piece.

 

Downton Deco
Downton Deco

Inspired by Art Deco jewelry from the 1920’s featured on the show Downton Abbey, this stunning necklace uses over 150 crystals, rice pearls and a kaleidoscope Swarovski Crystal as its focal.  In class, students learn how to use CRAW and PRAW to create gradual increases that form the pristine dart shapes used throughout this necklace.

 

Collage
Collage

A piece where you get to weave an earring, cut it into pieces, and reassemble it to create two earrings from the one plus a ring to match!  This piece uses Contemporary Geometric Beadwork techniques for the warped square earrings first developed by Jean Power, combined with exploding hypar techniques shared by Kate McKinnon. The tri-wing rings are a variation of a joint effort from Dustin Wedekind and Kate.

 

Spanish Lace
Spanish Lace

After traveling to Spain, Cliff was inspired by the Cartier Loop Crown worn by Queen Sofia as well as the Porcelain Room in the Royal Palace in Madrid.  This class is an exploration of Hubble stitch and netting and how to jewelry that moves like real lace.

 

Phælanopsis Orchid Pendant/Earrings
Phælanopsis Orchid Pendant/Earrings

A sampler of stitches packed into one pair of earrings.  12 different stitches are combined including 7 different forms of peyote to create the subtle curves of this beautiful flower

 

Dichotomy
Dichotomy

A reversible bracelet that can be worn clasp-side up or down that uses Contemporary Geometric Beadwork structures combined with a caterpillar/anemone style bracelet.

 

Pearlesque Earrings
Pearlesque Earrings

These earrings are a nod to the “sautoir” long pearl necklaces with tassels that flappers wore in the 1920’s. Typically the jewelry of this time period would incorporate Eastern motifs and gemstones, such as jade or engraved onyx with diamonds. The focal crystal is a fantasy cushion stone, bezeled with a harlequin motif to add a bit of whimsy to these fun earrings.

Sri Yantra Pagoda Bracelet
Sri Yantra Pagoda Bracelet

A new shape in contemporary geometric beadwork I created.  Through special thread paths the bracelet has a spring-like quality and grips the wrist without a clasp

Gerbera Daisy
Gerbera Daisy

Designed in honor of Cliff’s mother-in-law and her favorite flower, this necklace is definitely a statement piece. A large Swarovski crystal is adorned by layers of fringe and lifelike petals. Each element of the flower is designed to mimic the actual anatomy of a Gerbera daisy and although the piece is large, it doesn’t lose any of the natural grace and beauty of the flower it is modeled after. Once complete, you can string a series of beads on either side of the flower to wear as a pendant necklace, or attach a brooch pin to the tube of beads on the back of the flower to wear it as a brooch, or let your creativity wander wherever your imagination guides you.  (Flower Only is taught in class, but resources for horns and other hardware are provided as well as how to add them to the flower focal pendant)

Cyclops Dragonfly Ornament
Cyclops Dragonfly Ornament

3D peyote stitching and bezeling a doll eye.  It can be added to cording to wear as a pendant, used as an ornament, or as a component for another piece. Please note that the dragonfly is a little too broad to be worn as an earring. This is the same dragonfly from my Dream Helpers weekend masterclass taught on its own for those who just want to learn the dragonfly or are unable to take a full weekend masterclass.

 

Cyclops Bee Earrings
Cyclops Bee Earrings

3D peyote stitching and bezeling a doll eye.  A fun set of bees attached to swivels so they spin and dance around your ears.  This project has a lot of fun twists and turns using two drop peyote, tubular peyote, and brick stitch. Please note that this is the same bee from my Dream Helpers weekend masterclass taught on its own for those who just want to learn the bee or are unable to take a full weekend masterclass.

 

Dream Helpers
Dream Helpers

A 2-day workshop that explores how to create your own critters, while simultaneously learning how to create this award-winning (Facet Jewelry Reader’s Choice Award, July 2019) necklace that incorporates herringbone, twisting fringe, and African Helix stitches.