Bead Fest Santa Fe Workshops

A Trendy New Year!

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It’s a new year, and we can’t think of a better time to introduce the latest bold and beautiful jewelry trends into our wardrobes. While examining the spring/summer 2017 runways, it became clear statement pieces are a must-have, raw is the new refined and accessories are everything.

We’ve mapped out our top picks for this year’s jewelry trends and have paired them with coordinating Bead Fest Santa Fe Workshops. Skip the shopping trip, and learn how to make this year’s hottest pieces on your own! You’ll create wearable art, build new skills and find confidence in your technique all at once.

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Left: Lanvin Runway | Right: Bumble Bee Collar

Why we love it: Delicate and small necklaces are sweet, but sometimes you just want a bit of impact. Whether you are wearing a simple crew-cut top, or a strapless dress, a breastplate statement necklace will transform your total look. Our pick will infuse a bit of the Southwest into your ensemble with turquoise touches and neutral beads.

This Workshop will get you familiar with bead embroidery, design, layout and beaded fringe.

Create it yourself:

Bumble Bee Collar | Advanced skill levels | Heidi Kummli | $495

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Left: Louis Vuitton Runway | Right: Twigs and Pebbles Earrings Workshop

Why we love it: Earrings are a classic essential in every jewelry wardrobe, but the length of drop earrings help to frame one’s face and make your dangling baubles stand out. These sleek beauties feature modern lines and will easily transition through each season, making them an essential.

This Workshop will teach you hammer texturing, soldering, finishing and more!

Create it yourself:

Twigs and Pebbles Earrings | Beginner skill levels | Nancy Lee | $100

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Left: Etro Runway | Right: Making connections-Riveting II step in Talismans (found objects)

Why we love it: Release your inner bohemian goddess in 2017 by sporting a protective and fashionable talisman piece! For centuries, Talisman pieces adorned with sacred symbols and messages have been used to manifest good luck–something we all could use in the new year! Positive energy and earthy vibes join forces in this unique Workshop.

You will learn to combine layers of mixed materials, utilize cold joining techniques, and learn how to add height and dimension with tubing techniques.

Create it yourself:

Making connections-Riveting II step in Talismans (found objects) | Intermediate skill levels | Susan Lenart Kazmer |$180

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Left: Reticulated Pendant with Tube CZ Setting | Right: Carven Runway

Why we love it: This trend is hotter than molten lava; the liquid-y look of this rustic melted metal is the perfect way to infuse industrial-chic flair into your look. Rock a circular pendant filled with melted metal when you want to make a statement without going over the top.

In this Workshop, you’ll learn how to reticulate sterling silver, fusing argentium and tube setting for faceted stones.

Create it yourself:

Reticulated Pendant with Tube CZ Setting | Intermediate skill levels | Janet Alexander | $119

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Left: Christopher Kane Runway | Right: Stone on Stone Pendant

Why we love it: Bring your jewelry wardrobe a little bit closer to nature by rocking raw stones instead of perfectly polished pieces. The natural markings on a raw gemstone can be strikingly unique and look beautiful with shiny metals. Create a one-of-a-kind turquoise pendant that will add a contemporary twist to any outfit.

In this Workshop, you’ll learn how to drill stones, make bezel cuts and silver soldering.

Create it yourself:

Stone on Stone Pendant | Intermediate skill levels | Jeff Fulkerson | $218

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Left: Gucci Runway | Right: Day of the Dead Brooch

Why we love it: The return of brooches gives us yet another reason to celebrate the arrival of 2017. They can transform any piece of clothing! Pin your favorite brooch on a fluffy tulle gown, or a chic blazer for some instant dazzle. We adore the vibrant hues in this Day of the Dead brooch. Pair it with a bold pattern for a wild look, or make it shine with a simple top.

In this Workshop, you’ll learn bead embroidery, epoxy clay mosaic and simple edging.

Create it yourself:

Day of the Dead Brooch | Intermediate skill levels | Heidi Kummli | $140

Mix up your jewelry routine in 2017 by trying out a daring trend, and by adding a new skill to your creative repertoire. Bead Fest Santa Fe can help you out with both, so register for a few Workshops, and start planning your creative getaway. You’ll love returning home with out-of-this-world jewelry, created by your own hands!

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