Former classes

Want to see more of the kinds of things we’ve offered in the past at Makers Connect?  Check these out – and then email Chris at makersconnect@gmail.com to voice your opinion on what classes *you* would like to see offered in the future!  You can even create your own class and invite your friends, co-workers, or club!  (very few special events on Saturdays will be planned, thanks!)

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 *Super-Fan Earrings* – with Shanna Steele

Thursday, April 20  6:30 – 8:30        $30.00  supplies included

These adorable, trend-forward earrings are constructed using a needle and thread, Czech glass SuperDuo beads and chain.  If you are new to beadweaving and/or earring construction, this class is perfect for you.  Here you will learn how to:

  • thread a needle
  • use a stop bead
  • tie half hitch knots
  • open and close jump rings
The class cost is $30 and that includes one pre-assembled kit with all the SuperDuos, chain and findings needed to complete one pair of earrings.  (Additional kits can be purchased for $5 at the conclusion of the class.)  You will receive a copy of the instructions as well, so you can make the earrings again.

Shanna is a TCU graduate who, while working as a high school teacher and social worker, discovered how therapeutic creating jewelry could be.  She changed careers to work in the bead and jewelry supply industry and has taught classes online as well as in stores.  Her work has been published in popular beading magazines close to 2 dozen times.  She lives in Fort Worth with her husband, son, dogs and a room full of beads.

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 Fused Long Oval Glass Bowl!  with Larry Pile, “The Kessler Craftsman”

Thursday, April 13   6:30 – 8:30pm      THIS CLASS IS FULL! 

 $65.00 includes all tools and glass. 

These bowls remind us of old-school surfboards; completely customized to let your personality shine!  Come join us as we create these long & lovely bowls – a mid-century modernists delight!  Depending on your choices of colors and motifs, it can really go any direction you want.  From silly to simple to elegant to funky – and any combination of these.

Larry will provide a pre-cut blank bowl so we won’t waste time with the mundane task and get straight into the fun part of color and texture blending.  He’ll bring a wide variety of blanks, plus a wardrobe of polka dots, ‘baby dots’, cut squares, textural frit (and larger gravel-grit), as well as his very own studio-crafted “stringers” – which create the long crisp lines of visual drama.

With Larry you are in capable, experienced hands.  No need to worry about previous experience.  We expect this class to fill up quickly, so sign up here soon!

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“Blinged-out Boxes & Creative Canisters – using Embossed Metal Tape”

Thursday, April 6                         6:30 – 8:00

with Patricia Dillingham    $30.00,  materials included

Humble plumber’s tape from the hardware store goes fancy when you dress it up with intricate embossing and vibrant color. Create a unique two-part trinket tin in this fun class. You can go as low-key and monochromatic or as crazy with color as you imagination allows; these dyes really pop.  It is easier than it looks, and the results are impressive.

This is a wonderful technique that can be applied to a number of other projects – literally anything you can stick tape to!  Patricia has made a series of lightbulb plate covers in this material and they are stunning.  You can bring your own light plates from your house (they just screw off) so you know they will fit and bring those!

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Instagram Made #Easy – with Kris Hundt       

    Thursday, March 16    6:30 – 9:00pm   $40.00 

    Thursday, March 23    6:30 – 9:00pm   $40.00 

Instagram is for anyone, especially those who love art, visual stimulation, and images more than words; as well as those who love words and appreciate the images that accompanying them.

If you’re doing art or selling online, you really owe it to yourself to learn how to unleash the power of this technology.  You know that a picture says a thousand words; well Instagram is all about the pretty pictures, and it sends them across the globe to eyeballs that you cannot possibly grab with Facebook or Twitter.
Don’t let the fact that it’s a social media app scare you! If you’ve heard of it and not sure what it is but you wanna stay current, cool or relevant come join us.
You will learn to maneuver through this app like a champ.
By the end it will feel more like child’s play than work and you will be able to connect and share images and videos all around the globe.
Must have a smartphone and the latest version of Instagram (It’s free. Go to your app store on your smartphone and upload it.)
No experience necessary.

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Kris is a professional photographer, and will guide you also on how to get the most our of your cameraphone – so don’t fret.  She will also show you how to link your accounts so you are leveraging your time every time you make a post.  And of course she’s going to talk about hashtags!  That’s one of the most important keys to catching those aforementioned eyeballs.  Add to the mix, Kris is high energy and fun to be around.  She has worked with Texas Monthly, D Magazine, and is currently teaching photography at the Center for Creative Arts.

There are Two Dates for this class, but the Same Material will be covered in each class.  If you take the first class and want more practice, please sign up for both!   You will learn something new in either one.

Thursday, March 16       Please sign up Here!

Thursday, March 23       Sign up here.

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*Fused Glass Bowls* with Larry Pile, aka the Kessler Craftsman;  CLASS IS FULL!

Thursday, March 2:   6:30 – 8:30pm     $60.00

Second in a series of three Glass classes here at MC.  Create not one but *two* colorful fused glass bowls, each 5.5″, using a combination of clear, solid, millifiori, and maybe some dichroic glass pieces into the mix.  Your creations will be completely one of a kind, and make the most remarkable gifts for family and friends. 

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With Larry you are in capable, experienced hands.  No need to worry about previous experience.  We expect this class to fill up quickly, so sign up here soon!

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Sunday, Feb 4:  2:00 – 4:00   FREE!    NOW FULL!

“Pussy Hat” Making – Simple Knitting with Jennifer    FULL! 

Please follow us on FB to be notified of new class dates for knitting class, or check out our Crochet class below.  Spaces still available.  Donation requested for ACLU

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Thursday, Feb 16:   6:30 – 8:00    FREE!     NOW FULL!

“KittyCat Hat Making – Simple Crochet Project with Amy.  

Iconic protest hat worked up using a simple crochet pattern.  Free, but donations requested for local ACLU chapter.

RSVP to Chris at makersconnect@gmail.com.

Let us know if you will need a kit with yarn and hook, ($10) or bring one ball of your own purchased Super Chunky Yarn with a size 8 crochet hook.

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Thursday, February:    6:30 – 8:30 pm     THIS CLASS IS FULL!

Please see our next class date for Glass Bowl making with Larry:  Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 – 8:30, or inquire about creating a class for your small group.  972-803-8890

Fused Glass with Larry Pile, aka the Kessler Craftsman

Larry is bringing his first Fused Glass class to Makers Connect and we’re thrilled!  You make it here, and then he will fire it at his studio.  Return to see what wonderful creations you’ve made.  In this first class, we’ll craft a set of 4 coasters.  Some folks use them as tiles;  while still others enjoy them as paper weights.  Any way you slice it, they are GORGEOUS and you have the ability to do them with no previous experience, thanks to Larry’s detailed and upbeat teaching methods.  Enthusiastic, warm, and fun.

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Cost is $40 per person: Sign up now! 

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Friday, February 3:   6:30 – 8:30pm             THIS CLASS IS NEARLY FULL! 

Lord of the Rainbow Ring (Bracelet) – With Jessica Barst       $28.00  Now $25.00! 

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We are thrilled to welcome a wonderful new teacher with impressive qualifications.  Jessica has designed jewelry for locally-based jewelry company, Barse; also she has led a wide variety of jewelry classes at a bead store in Carrollton for the last few years.

This project is so cool – seen on the arms of celebs and cool kids all over the place.  The magic is in the technique of alcohol dyes on metal.  You’ll learn about these dyes as well as how to tie the incredibly useful slide knots that allow this to be worn by anyone, from petite women to large men.  We’ll also have several sets of letter and figural stamps to use (stars, hearts, owl, arrows) to use if you prefer to make one or two pieces without color.  We’ll show you how to use stamps, stamp pads and hammers.

As always there will be wine and snacks, and plenty of time to learn and finish at least one (more likely more) at your own pace. Minimum class attendance is 3; maximum will be 7.  Sign up quickly to avoid disappointment.

Please sign up HERE using Paypal, or call us at 972-803-8890, or just come to the store!  Class is almost full; please act quickly.

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Sunday, November 13   2:00 – 4:00   *SPACE STILL AVAILABLE! Sign up below*

Candle Making  with Dylan & Co. Candles      $40.00  (All materials included)      Please Sign up Here
 
Instructor: Shelley Travell of Dylan & Co. Candles.
Location:  Dylan & Co. studio in the Cedars.  Details to studio provided when payment is received.
This class will take place down in the super cool Cedars part of Dallas, just below downtown, where Shelly has set up her newest candle-making workspace.
This is the perfect time to make some great HANDMADE holiday gifts for your co-workers, teachers, friends, dogwalker, catsitter, or mailperson!  Think how proud you will be when you can say,  “I like you so much that I made you this candle!”  Bring a friend and make a day of it – have lunch at the Farmers Market or go to dinner and catch some live music at Lee Harvey’s, just a few minutes away.
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Friday, November 18       **Class is Full!**
Origami Fabric Star!  with Elizabeth Richardson
6:00 – 8:00    (includes supplies and snacks)
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Fabulously simple and yet intricate:  make beautiful stars for your windows, tree, wreath and for your handmade packaging using stiffened fabric.  Liz will lead us through the process from start to finish, with plenty of time to embellish the starts with sequins, beads, and metallic wire coils!   So fun, so fabulous.  Bring friends for a girls’ night!
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Wednesday, November 30            6:30 – 8:30   CANCELLED
Sparkle & Shake Christmas Balls     Sign up here:   $22.00
All materials and snacks included. 
This class is very Family Friendly!
So pretty and mesmerizing, and yet easy enough for kids to make.  Start with colorful fabric and yarn scraps, and add sparkly bits of ribbon, sequins and glitter…then add the
shaky bits (beads!)  So cool.  Bring the family and receive a 10% discount when you take the class!
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Stamping it Out:   Metal, Leather, and Whatever!

Friday, November 11    6:30 – 8:30       Click here to Sign Up:  $25.00

Brought back by popular demand, this is the just about the most fun you can have sitting down.  There are hammers, metal, leather, wine, and giggles all around.

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We’ll provide scrap leather and metal to play on till you get the hang of the swing, and then one finished leather bracelet plus several finished brass circles can become keychains or pet tags!  (Then you can purchase extras at nominal fees if you get really into it!)  Bring your own materials to customize too.  We have three font sizes of letters, small numbers, and several fun graphics (arrows, owl, hearts, stars,etc.)

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Zentangle for Babes!  Intro to Zentangle

Thursday, November 10       6:30 – 8:30 pm
 Materials and light snacks included

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 The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.

Our lovely instructor, Janice Freiheit, provides the basic materials for class, but you may also purchase high-quality pens and papers separately after the workshop at a small discount.

Life is an art form and that the Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life. Learn more at www.zentangle.com.

$38 per person. Workshop is limited to 9. First paid, first reserved! If there’s sufficient interest, we could even schedule a second workshop.
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Scrappy Holiday Balls!  (Upcycling fabric with flair) with Patti Haskins

Thursday, November 3        6:30 – 8:30pm   Sign Up: $22.00   Class Date Moved

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Decoupage over plastic balls creates a beautiful, random patchwork-quilt effect.  Add sequins, glitter, or ribbon to further enhance!  This class was great two years ago and we are bringing it back for everyone.  As always, materials and snacks are included.

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Talismanic Magic!  Amulets with Beverly Ann Moore   $35.00

Thursday, October 20  6:30 – 8:30     Tools and some materials provided

Everyone has a jar, box, or drawer stuffed with treasures collected from loved ones, places visited, and cherished pets.  Wouldn’t it be great if there was a cool, arty way to gather and place these on a piece of jewelry that you could wear around with you?  Beverly Ann has made some lovely BAMulets that are both fashionable and sentimental.

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Join us and bring a few of your items and let her show you how to proudly carry your personal life stories as a necklace, key-chain, light pull, rear-view-mirror adornment, curtain tassle… or all of the above

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Beginning Crochet with Patti Haskins of Critter Central

Thursday, October 13       6:30  – 8:30 pm                                                                   Prepay here:   $22.00 

Folks have been asking for a Crochet class, so we responded!  Patti has been making stuffed plushies and crocheted cats, dogs, and other critters for a number of years… even custom critters that look like client’s own cats and dogs.  (You might also know her from her catnip snakes, which are a major hit in our shop!)

Bring your own yarn and hook. The package of the yarn will have the crochet hook size listed that works best for the yarn. Patti will go over the basics of how to hold the hook, the chain stitch and the single crochet stitch which are the basic stitches of a scarf or potholder etc .  At the end of the class you will have the beginnings of a piece that you can continue to work on at home.  Materials not included, but light snacks are!

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Cray-Cray Crayon Cards with BAM!                 SPACE STILL AVAILABLE!
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Thursday, September 22     6:30 – 8:30 pm
Art cards using Crayons, candle wax and more; all materials included.
We are so thrilled to have Beverly Ann Moore teaching another great card class.  We will get very loose and painterly with Crayola ™ wax as we mix and meld our shreds of wax.  The way the colors turn out is very soft and even impressionistic in nature.
Expect to let go of some of your color inhibitions; drink some wine, have some laughs, and leave with a healthy handful of beautifully finished cards that you will be proud to give by themselves or alongside gifts.
If you really want to get ahead of the game and start planning for Christmas, now is the time.
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PUMPKIN ZENTANGLE!  with Janice Freiheit
Thursday, September 15      2:00 – 5:00 pm (mid-Day)
Skill level:  Intermediate          $45.00  Sign up Here
All materials included.
Janice is back and we couldn’t be happier!
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If you have taken any kind of coursework in Zentangle and have a firm grasp of the basics, then please join us for a three-dimensional experience not to be missed.  These turn out  SO beautiful as your new Fall centerpiece or outdoor decoration – and best of all, they last from year to year.  (actually even better than that is the bragging rights you’ll have by telling admiring neighbors and friends that you did that yourself!)  Step aside, Martha Stewart!
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Personalized Pendants “Make & Take” with Ed
Saturday, September 3          12:00 – 4:00

* No pre-registration required! *
“Charmed, I’m Sure!”   We know you love the heart-city charms as well as all the other wonderful Steampunk adornments brought to us by Ed Freiheit of Bug & Mowl.  Many of you have asked how to make them, or even ordered custom work from him.  Now we’re offering the opportunity to sit down with Ed and make some charms yourself.
Bring your own tiny-sized images to make custom pieces or use the images and maps he will have on hand!
 
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Pricing:
1 item $12,  2 items $10 each,  3+ items $8 each.  Subtract $1.00 for each image that you provide.  Images should be on non-gloss paper with water safe inks.  Pay as you go.
Just  drop in any time during the afternoon!
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 Thursday, August  18:    6:30 – 8:30
Retro Kitchy Nighlight!       $32.00
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Have you been fascinated by these crazy collage nightlights like we have?
It requires having some specific stuff onhand, but then it’s all rules barred and
let yourself go wild!  Very much looking forward to what our creative friends come up with.  Date soon to be announced – start collecting your shells on your beach
trips NOW!
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Sunday, August 7     3pm – 5pm       
Candle Making   $35.00
Instructor: Shelley Travell from Dylan Candles.
Presented by Good Local Markets-   Please go to their site HERE to sign up
Come in from the sweltering heat of summer to pour some cool candles with our own Good Local vendor, Shelley Travell of Dylan Candles. Sure, you “could” do this outside on the hood of your car, but wouldn’t it be more fun to learn the tricks and tips from an expert?  To pay for a class, please go HERE and pay via Paypal.    Cost: $35
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 Saturday, July 23:  12 – 4 pm
Personalized Pendants “Make & Take” with Ed Freiheit 
* No pre-registration required! *
“Charmed, I’m Sure!”   We know you love the heart-city charms as well as all the other wonderful Steampunk adornments brought to us by Ed Freiheit of Bug & Mowl.  Many of you have asked how to make them, or even ordered custom work from him.  Now we’re offering the opportunity to sit down with Ed and make some charms yourself.
Bring your own tiny-sized images to make custom pieces or use the images and maps he will have on hand!
 
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Pricing:
1 item $12,  2 items $10 each,  3+ items $8 each.  Subtract $1.00 for each image that you provide.  Images should be on non-gloss paper with water safe inks.  Pay as you go.
Just  drop in any time during the afternoon!

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Essential Oils Introduction with Jennifer Foster – Friday, June 10, 6:30 – 8:30.  $12.00

Come unwind on a Friday evening and enjoy some wine and nibbles while Jennifer leads us through her trove of amazing oils and discusses the uses of each.  We’ll have ample time for questions and plenty of laughs.  Also we’ll have aromatherapy jewelry and glassware on offer for individual purchase to create your own blends.

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Zentangle Tags! – Level 2 and up (Advanced).  Wednesday, June 1 from 1:00 – 4:00   38.00 Pay Here

Let’s take Zentangle into the stamping world!  This class combines the use of art stamps with tangles to create beautiful, bejeweled-looking tags.  This class is very detailed and is not recommended to anyone new to Zentangle. 

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 Instructor will provide the tags, the ink, and the stamps.  Students should bring:Ranger Inksentials Ink Blending Tool Applicator (foam) , Pigma Black Micron 01 pen(s), white gel pen.  Requirements:  Should have completed both a beginning and intermediate Zentangle class as this class requires knowledge of several Zentangle patterns.

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Product Photography with Kris H. –  Thursday, June 2   6:30-8:30

SORRY – CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS – refunds will be made.

Kris has spent a good part of her professional career working on product photography.  So she knows a few things.  We think you will get a lot out of this class if you’re serious about doing your own product photography.   While there are certainly a number of new technologies available that are making good photography something even a beginner can accomplish, but it never hurts to learn tips from a pro and take your good to better.($85 for all three photo classes with Kris)

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Etching Glass & Fizzy Bath Balls –  Thursday, May 12  6:30 – 8:30

Space is still available!               CLASS IS FULL!!

Please RSVP by calling 972-803-8890 or sign up online!   $32.00

This class was full to overflowing the last time we offered it!  So much fun, and anyone can do it.  First we’ll decorate clean jars with your patterns or words; they while we wait for the magic to happen there, we’ll concoct our super smelling bath salts.  When it’s all packaged up, you have one or more jars of soaking joy in a jar that’s worth of its place in your bathroom (or a friends’!)  Bring a friend but be sure to RSVP (pay link above, or call 972-803-8890)  so we have enough goodies to go around.

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Using your Smartphone to take Amazing Photos:  Kris Hundt –   $32.00     Thursday April 21,  6:30 – 8:30        ($85 for all three photo classes with Kris)

It’s not news to anyone that smartphones are really tiny computers with amazing capacities, and most of them now have quite good cameras!  There are so many opportunities every day to take great shots;  sometimes is just takes a little moreknowledge to get the most from  your device.

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We saw how good Kris’ photos were at a recent class and begged her to share her knowledge with the rest of us.  Please don’t miss this opportunity!  Kris has a truly  engaging and enthusiastic attitude that will even help the most technology-shy to get a grip on this new orld of digital sales and do-it-marketing world we are now a part of.

Kris has shot for D Magazine, People Magazine, Texas Monthly, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, and many more.  She also enjoys frequent travels and has recently sold her work in several galleries in the Dallas area.  You may see a selection of her work on her website at www.krishundt.com, and read more about her life and work Here.

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Expressions Stamped Earrings with Cindy B. – Friday, March 25  7:00 – 9:00

 $38.00

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In this class, you will create one to two pair of cheeky brass drop earrings, using stamping and wire wrapping techniques.  Materials and tools are all provided, with numerous parts (and font sizes) to choose from in order to create the most audacious earrings your friends have ever seen.  Express yourself on metal; you could wear the ‘angel/devil’ earrings when you’re just not sure; or the topical ‘Rep/Dem’ if you’re really on the line.  It’s up to you – and that’s half the fun.  The other fun comes from Cindy’s wonderful personality and of course, the free wine that will be served!

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Zen II – Intermediate Zentangle.      Friday, March 18    6:30 – 9:00    $38.00    SIGN UP

Ready to learn more tangles?  Let’s do Tangled Hearts!   In Zen 2, you will complete this darling heart project and learn twelve tangles in the process!  

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Materials needed:  Students should bring their Beginners Kit from the Beginning Zentangle Class or be prepared to purchase one for $10.00.  I will supply the required paper for this project.

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Create Solid Perfume Compact –  Thursday, March 10   $38.00    6:30 – 8:00  Sign up Here

Create a lovely compact full of a fragrance that you create yourself, using a variety of essential oils.  We’ll play around with mixing and sniffing our fragrances till we have created *the one*, then we’ll melt our wax and pour our compact.  Wine will be served.  Bring a friend!  No previous experience necessary; this is just purely for fun.  Compact and chain included.

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Zentangle Drawing is back!  Led by certified Zentangle instructor Janice Freiheit

Intro to Zentangle, Thursday Feb. 18.  6:30 – 8:30.   $38.00   SIGN UP HERE

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Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.  The Zentangle Method is an easy to learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns that anyone can master.  Even though it calls for a specified series of steps, it leads to creative expression that transcends its own rules.  You can use the Zentangle approach as a tool to deliberately focus your thoughts.

In Beginning Zentangle, you will learn a minimum of nine Zentangle patterns by completing two Zentangle tiles.  You will receive a beginners Zentangle drawing kit and step-out instructions for 16 patterns which you may use to take home and practice!

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Creating the Valentine Card that they will KEEP!   Wednesday, Feb. 10, 6:30 – 7:30  $15 Suggested Donation  RSVP Here You buy a beautiful, handmade card….then you get home and realize, oh nooooo!  It’s blank on the inside!  Panic strikes…what do you write?   How do you fill all that blank white space with words that really say what you feel?  How to express your love without sounding canned, silly, ridiculous, or infantile?  You want them to love this card, and to treasure it the way you treasure them.  So, here’s the thing:  valentine card brown We’ve been there, and we know how you feel.  So we got together with artist/writer/educator Yvonne Moura, and came up with this workshop, which is perfectly timed to help you with creating your own heartfelt message for Valentine’s day!   Yvonne has alot of advice for us and will graciously lead us through our breath, into our hearts… until the words that we want to say bubble out and onto the paper.  

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Mold Making – Demonstration and Creation!  with artist Val Curry

Friday, Feb 5.  at 6:30 – 9:00     $65.00

Rubber molds are often used with making soaps, chocolates, resin pieces and many other crafting applications!

 
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In this hands on workshop you will be informed on:

  • An overview of materials available for making molds
  • Model material and how to seal and apply mold release
  • The top 10 mold fails
  • Proper mixing and pouring
  • The types of molds
  • The types of casting
  • Where to buy materials locally
  • How to use the Technical Sheet that comes with molding and casting materials

Everyone will make a simple mold and cast resin objects.  Plus, we’ll see examples and applications for custom soap, candles, food,crafts, duplicating plaster molds for ceramic slip casting, jewelry, sculpey molds and more!

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Memory Box / Retablo / Nicho Making:    Cancelled   Thursday, January 21  
6:30 – 8:30   $45.00       Instructor:  Jane Corley
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 *Nichos* are made from mixed media and traditionally combine elements from Roman Catholicism, mestizo spirituality, and popular culture. Characteristically “nicho” objects have different names throughout Central and South America: they may be called retablo or by other local names.

Do the holidays or the dark days of winter make you feel a bit melancholy?  Do you spend time thinking about those you love or have loved, and wishing to make something to honor them that also reflects your unique creativity?  Jane will share with you the theory behind these highly individualized works of art,  but the majority of our time will be spent working on your shrine.  The focus of the class will be on helping you make something you can be really proud of, and that doesn’t look sloppy or formulaic.
You can anticipate finishing the project in class if you don’t need to do any background painting of the interior of your box, so please decide if you want to do that beforehand or let us help you line your box with materials we have on hand, including cloth, paper, foil — things that don’t need a lot of drying time.
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Here’s what you should plan to bring:
 — A cigar box or similar-sized sturdy box suitable for lots of embellishing, painted or not, per the above. Other good candidates include small flower boxes, old jewelry boxes, small drawers, etc.  A great excuse to hit the thrift store!
The being you want to honor with your shrine — is it a pet, a parent, a child, a deity?  Images/statues/personal effects/perhaps a writing you would like to associate with the person … use your imagination and bring these along.  More is better here.   We can help you get it arranged and edited as needed.
— Any “bling” you want to include, for example bottle caps, glitter, rhinestones, etc.
What we will supply:
– Random decorative items
— Hot glue guns and glue sticks; craft adhesive for other objects
— Paper and cloth for lining the box (if desired)
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Friday  Jan 15th, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Free event:  “Grow your Etsy Shop:  A Road Trip from Coast to Coast!”

Presentation of new online tool for Etsy and other sellers, “Around.io” by developer Natwar Maheshwari.  Please call or email to RSVP as space is limited.  (makersconnect@gmail.com)

Check it out:  then RSVP

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Holiday Card Making…. with Kelly S and Chris U!
Pop up Class, Sunday December 6      2:00 -5:00 pm
Show up on Sunday and make two, three, or ten cards!   We’ll have cardstock handy and all the beautiful collage-able papers, stamps, and gorgeous embossing glitter for your enjoyment. Pricing will be ala carte, starting at $10 for two cards and $3.00 every card thereafter.  We’ll also throw in some fun freebie extras, like making up to five gift tags for free!
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POP UP CLASS – STAMP KEYRINGS for STOCKING STUFFERS! 
Thursday, Dec. 3      6:30 pm         $24  create two pieces        RSVP PREPAY
Go ahead and whack away your holiday blues!  We have round brass pieces just like this which look great with your funny or sincere message… or just the recipient’s name or initials.  Adorn with a silk tassle or maybe some beads and voila!  Handmade Holiday giving at its best!
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Did we mention there is also wine, frivolity and laughs?   This class is a year round favorite and now seemed like the best time to bring it on back.  You will get to make two for $24.00 (with a third practice piece!) but you can pay extra to make more if you have the time and inclination!
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Sunday Nov. 22nd,   2:00 – 4:00  **Concrete Letters**       RSVP $32.00

Great Christmas present for the gardening friends (or the person who has everything but needs to be reminded of their name… just kidding)

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Have you seen these on Pinterest?  Having worked with Concrete, this is actually a no brainer. (Just reallllly messy!)  How will we take it to the next level?  How about embedding glass and other fun stuff?  Bring items to try!   We can try this two-tone effect as well.  You will need to contact us prior to class with your initials needed so we can have them on hand! Class to be held at private home.  When you RSVP, please email Chris for more info on location and letters.  Makersconnect@gmail.com

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New Class: Drawing with Walter Wm. Hofheinz!  Thursday Nov.19, from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.  Snacks and drinks will be complimentary.  Free event, but bring your own drawing materials – pens, paper, and colors!
Please RSVP by email or phone:
makersconnect@gmail.com
972-805-8890
Join us for a relaxing hour of drawing with the locally-based creator of the celebrated adult coloring book, “Mandalas: a Coloring Book”!

In this class, we will discuss the background of mandalas as a types of geometric designs, and will draw a mandala with provided materials for a start on your own development and style.  Please bring your own felt tip pens (preferably fine point) and paper.

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Walter Hofheinz is a Dallas lawyer and artist. He has been a photographer since high school, and currently works in functional and decorative metal sculpture and large-scale paintings. He has been drawing mandalas for relaxation and concentration for well over 20 years. His successful book Mandalas: A Coloring Book was published earlier this year. Walter’s first studio show will be held on November 6 & 7 at the Continental Gin Building – studio 2E2.

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SPACE STILL AVAILABLE!   Class is now Full. 

Thursday, November 12   6:30 – 8:00  Creative Succulent and Air Plant Gardens GLOBES!!   $28.00 RSVP   

In this version of our  popular class, we’re each going to be using a terrarium kit (normally retails for $32.00) which will have all the components you need to complete a beautiful (and unique) project which can adorn your office, home, or sunroom… or even become a great gift!

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If you lack confidence, be reassured that you *can* do this!  Some of the best examples we seen have been have been made by complete amateurs.  And upkeep is much easier than you might imagine, because we will incorporate methods to keep your soil well drained and clean.  Please be sure to RSVP so we have enough goodies!

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Taking Better Smartphone Pictures with Kris Hundt –    $28.00   Wednesday, November 4      7:00 – 9:00pm

It’s not news to anyone that smartphones are really tiny computers with amazing capacities, and most of them now have quite good cameras!  There are so many opportunities every day to take great shots;  sometimes is just takes a little more knowledge to get the most from  your device.  Instead of relying on editing, Kris suggests that the best approach is to *start* by taking good photos, and let the editing enhance it even more.

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We saw how good Kris’ photos were at a recent class and begged her to share her knowledge with the rest of us.  Please don’t miss this opportunity!  Kris has a truly  engaging and enthusiastic attitude that will even help the most technology-shy to get a grip on this new orld of digital sales and do-it-marketing world we are now a part of.

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Kris has shot for D Magazine, People Magazine, Texas Monthly, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, and many more.  She also enjoys frequent travels and has recently sold her work in several galleries in the Dallas area.  You may see a selection of her work on her website at www.krishundt.com, and read more about her life and work Here.

“Photography is very freeing. The world is a beautiful place and you just have to be open to seeing it.”

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 Sunday, October 11    2:00 – 4:00  Concrete / Hypertuffa  FULL!

** SECOND DATE ADDED! and FULL  **           $35.00

Come over to our pretty gravel courtyard with the lilting water feature to learn about mixing concrete and other materials to create the lightweight, easily formed material called Hypertuffa.  We provide everything you need to make several medium size and small pots.  Sorry, we’re not making anything larger than your head!  But once you know the how-to, you’ll be able to whip these out in any size you can conceive! 

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Friday, October 9    6:30 – 8:00    Reschedued TBA

 Tickle your Tassle?  Earrings are no Hassle!    RSVP $34.00

We just think this trend is super fun.  Mostly because it’s all about color.  Come play around with wire, beads, and of course… tassles!  Make two pair using our tools and components.  We’ll guide your artistic vision and help smooth the path.  Beginners to intermediate.

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Instructor Chris has worked for years in the fashion jewelry world in NY in both factories and private shops.  Whatever you have in mind – there is a very good chance she help you achieve the look.

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Bath Scrubs and Etched Bottles Workshop.    $25.00 RSVP  *Very Few Spaces Still Left!*

Friday, August 28 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Why spend too much money on salt scrubs when it’s so easy (and fun!) to make them at home?  Invite a few girls to come with you and drink wine while learning about an ancient (but surprisingly simple) form of cleansing.

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And while you’re at it, have you thought about what kind of beautiful bottle or jar to put them in once you made them?  In this workshop, we’re going to really get crafty and do it ALL.  You’ll end up with some wonderful, personally selected scented scrubby salts in a jar that’s one of a kind.  Make more than one as class time permits.

Great to get ahead on your xmas gift ideas and have a cool girls’ night out too!  As always, wine is on the house!

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Summers’ End Memories:  Mobile/Stabile   Thursday, August 20    6:30 – 8:30  $45.00 Pay Here

Robin Korevaar will guide your highly individualized project, turning your family’s mementos, tiny treasures and vacation bits-n-pieces into a fantastic piece of wall or hanging art.  We’ll help you select from your treasures and our supplies to make a pleasing composition to display in your home and remind you of your loved one, child, or special time.
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 We will supply thread, fabric and some paints; also some found and purchased objects, such as wood panels, boxes and an array of metal pieces as bases for the stabile, mobile or wall art.

Suggested items to bring:– 6×6 box of treasures – fabric (ties, linens, ribbons), paper (maps, tickets, drawings), collectibles (pens, bottlecaps, thimbles, etc)  Also, favorite colors and thread, fabric or paint you like to use.  Think ahead about a theme for the person or event you are commemorating.

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Zentangle Tags! – Level 2 and up (Advanced).  Wednesday, August 19 from 6:00 – 9:00   38.00 Pay Here

Let’s take Zentangle into the stamping world!  This class combines the use of art stamps with tangles to create beautiful, bejeweled-looking tags.  This class is very detailed and is not recommended to anyone new to Zentangle. 

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 Instructor will provide the tags, the ink, and the stamps.  Students should bring:Ranger Inksentials Ink Blending Tool Applicator (foam) , Pigma Black Micron 01 pen(s), white gel pen.  Requirements:  Should have completed both a beginning and intermediate Zentangle class as this class requires knowledge of several Zentangle patterns.

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Fresh & Fizzie Bath Bomb Workshop!     $25.00 RSVP

Friday, August 14  from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.    Spots still available!

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Bath fizzies are the BOMB!  They are simple to make, but require ingrediants that most folks can’t acquire at craft stores or groceries.  Molds can also get pricey.  But through the magic of Makers Connect, you can have access to everything you need to make really fun bombs, in a wide variety of colors, shapes and scents!  Considering how much they sell for in stores, this class has all bases covered:  Fun, creative, easy, and cost effective!  You will leave with at least $20 worth of products you crafted.  And did we mention there’s wine?  So why wait?  Bring a friend!  High quality fragrance oils will be on hand, graciously donated by DoTerra Representative Jennifer Foster.  Oils will be on sale and also available through special order.

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ZenScapes, level 2 Zentangle.Wednesday, August 5 from 6:00 – 9:00.

Purchase Now $38.00     WILL BE RESCHEDULED – STAY TUNED FOR DATES

Come play in our world!  Let us show you how to transform your favorite tangles into whimsical landscapes.  These are so much fun to do!    Bring a black Pigma Pen 05 with you or be prepared to purchase one for $2.00.  I will share my white gel pens and white pencils.
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Requirements:  Should have completed at least a beginning class and feel comfortable with Tangling.  This class is really not designed to teach how to tangle, but how to use tangles in a new way, and therefore requires knowledge of several Zentangle patterns.

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Pricing is undeniably one of the hardest subjects for designers to wrap their minds around.  We fall in love with our work, but we need to be realistic…while not undervaluing our work.  June has a lot of insight in walking this tightrope and can help you figure out how to ‘hit the mark’ with your own pricing.  If you make and sell your crafts, you owe it to yourself to come and listen in.  She will also be addressing your questions and concerns

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This class is *so* important that we are offering it twice – once on a Saturday afternoon and again on Thursday evening.  Hope you can join us for one of these informative sessions.

Pricing: Solving the Biggest Mystery there is!  With June of June Bijou.    $25.00

Saturday, July 25, 2:00 – 3:30 pm  RSVP  FULL

Thursday, July 30, 6:30-8:00 pm   RSVP   FULL!   

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Zendala!   Zentangle level One.  Wednesday, July 22 from 6:00 – 9:00
 [CLASS IS NOW FULL – Please check out our other Zentangle offerings!] 
Janice Freiheit returns to Makers with more great ideas and designs for you to try!  If you’re new to this relaxing form of drawing, you’ll be quickly immersed in the simplicity and ease with which you create lovely, flowing patterns on the page.
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You have heard of Mandalas.  Let’s make Zendalas!  We will provide the Zendala pre-printed forms and teach you the patterns to fill them in.  Bring a black Sakura Pigma Pen 05 with you or be prepared to purchase one for $2.00.
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Sunday July 12,   2 – 4pm.  Intro to Knitting with Rhonda of The Shabby Sheep  $40.00

Beginning knitters will enjoy this class using home spun yarn made with Texas wool. Learn the skills you need to tackle any knitting project!

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Offered in conjunction with Good Local Markets, formerly White Rock Local Market.  To sign up, go to this link:   http://www.goodlocalmarket.org/?p=2228

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Essential Oils;  Make & Take Diffuser!  Friday, July 10   6:30 – 8:30pm     $25.00 Pay here 

7.10 Wearable DiffuserMake and Take Class - Bluediffusers in pattern

If you’ve ever been curious why everyone is talking about essential oils these days, Jennifer Foster will offer an introductory overview of how powerful aromatherapy can be.   Plus, you get to take home your very own wearable diffuser along with 1-2 samples of doTerra essential oils.  Bring your girlfriends!  This one will be loads of fun as we sniff around Jennifer’s collections of oils while drinking wine. 

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Intro to Photo-Editing for Artists  Wednesday, July 8,  6:30-8:30  $28.00 pay here

Using freely available web-based photo-editing software, Robin will lead us through tips and tricks to improve your images, be they for use on your Etsy, Facebook, webpage, or portfolio.

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Requirements/supplies:–digital camera–5-10 preselected digital photos featuring people, places and things –photos on a memory card or your laptop computer (preferred)–pen or pencil and notepad.— online editing program installed on your laptop computer or iPad (preferred).  We will be using Picasa (free download).

Robin Korevaar has an “ear for music and and eye for art” and is accomplished both as photographer and classical musician.  Her photos are displayed at The Old Gallery in Allenspark, Colorado and as part of the Boulder Recreation Center art display.  Robin provides photography instruction for the “Photography Training for Child Labour” project in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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 Wednesday, July 1, 6:30 – 8:30   Handweaving: Wall Hangings with Robin K.
Remember the groovy wall weavings from the 70’s?  They are SO back in, showing up right now at stores such as Urban Outfitters.  Now we’ll show you how to do it yourself, using colors and textures of your own choosing.

Pinweaving is a flexible, relaxing, simple way to create a mood, colorwash or scene.  Learn basic color theory and consider options in design, construction and embellishment while getting a solid start on your newest creation.

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Most materials will be provided for this class, but feel free to bring your own collection of interesting fibers, scraps, buttons, beads, sticks, twigs, shells, and other baubles that strike your fancy to weave into your creation!  We suggest you bring yarn, roping, twine, and other materials to mix-and-match with others – silk, cotton, wool, jute, wire, even narrow strips of fabric (up to 1”) will work – “it’s all good!”  Bring extra if you wish to destash or share with others.  No more than 7 participants.  Most materials included, beginners welcome!  Max 7 people. $28.00 Pay Here

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June 28, 2 – 4 pm  Soap Making with Rebecca and David of SoapGirl    $50.00 
6 Person Limit!   FULL – Please consult Good Local Markets for waitlisting
In this intro to soap-making, learn the basic skills involved in cold-processed soap. Make your own bars using organic vegetable oils and natural ingredients. You will choose your own natural clay colors, scents, botanicals and essential oils, resulting in your own work of art!!

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 Offered in conjunction with Good Local Markets, formerly White Rock Local Market.  To sign up, go to:   http://www.goodlocalmarket.org/?p=2228 

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OPEN JEWELRY – One on One Help, Thursday, June 4
Open time   $13.00 per hour
Enrollment limited to one per hour.   One Hour RSVP Here
(you can order extra hours)
 
Have you got some small issues nagging you – some projects that either aren’t quite coming together or you can’t figure out how to attach a closure?  Maybe you just want to learn how to wire wrap an earring so  you can create a pair for your aunt’s birthday.
You just need a little help.  We have the tools and can help teach you what you need to know without a formal class – you don’t have to buy anything unless we get crazy with the materials and then the fees will be at cost.
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DO please contact me before you come to be sure I have what we need to help you and so that we are not overwhelmed with people.  Enrollment will be limited to four at a time but this open session concept will continue, so don’t fret if you cannot make it to this one.  contact:  makesconnect@gmail.com

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Small Project Soldering – Nature Pendant in Stained Glass Method 

with Pamela Reid.     Wednesday, May 27       6:30 -8:30       $34.00

Incorporating nature into the pendants will be the challenge in this particular class.  Bring dried flowers, leaves, or any thin natural thing (butterfly or bug wings) to sandwich between two pieces of glass and create a one of a kind artwork using the stained glass soldering technique.  Pamela has taught at Kittrell-Riffkind glass studios in Addison for a number of years and has also managed Beading Dreams bead shop.  All materials provided, including wine. RSVP HERE To save your space!

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INTERACTIVE MARKETING, SOCIAL MEDIA & OPEN FORUM for ARTISTS        $18 per session.      6:30 – 7:30

Led by Marketing and Media Director, Tina Winslow

Wednesday May 20 – Open Forum:  All social media questions & discussion

Now with more ‘question answer’ and hands on component.  Drop-ins welcome but prepay is best to ensure space.  This class is a real hit and fills up quickly!

Never before have artists of all kinds had access to an equal playing field in terms of self promotion.  Facebook and all the others have offered us new bells, whistles, and hooks that can truly catapult your work into the right audience… or leave it unseen on the wayside.  Instead of getting overwhelmed,why not step out and get answers to your questions?  Tina does this daily for a number of large companies.  She has heard it all before, and has a wonderful and funny approach to helping.

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We’ll start from where you are and help fill in the voids, addressing your needs as an artist and crafter.  Bring your phone, laptop or tablet and bring all of your questions.  No question is ever stupid.

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MAKE & TAKE FRAGRANCE LOCKETS;  ESSENTIAL OILS EXPLAINED
with Jennifer Foster                            Friday, May 15  6:30 – 7:30  
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 If you’ve ever been curious why everyone is talking about essential oils these days, this class will offer an introductory overview of how powerful aromatherapy can be!   Plus, you get to take home your very own wearable diffuser along with 1-2 samples of doTerra essential oils.  Bring your girlfriends!  This one will be loads of fun as we sniff around Jennifer’s collections of oils while drinking wine.

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WANT TO TANGLE?

New!   Zentangle Drawing, led by certified Zentangle instructor Janice Freiheit

Saturday afternoon at Makers Connect from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

$38.00 per session      Zen 2, May 2 Sign Up

“More dates to be added – please check back or add your name to our mailing list!”

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

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Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.

With the Zentangle Method, anyone can create beautiful images from repetitive patterns.  And even though it calls for a specified series of steps, it leads to creative expression that transcends its own rules.  You can use the Zentangle approach as a tool to deliberately focus your thoughts.

In Beginning Zentangle, you will learn a minimum of nine Zentangle patterns by completing two Zentangle tiles.  You will receive a beginners Zentangle drawing kit and step-out instructions for 16 patterns which you may use to take home and practice!

Ready to learn more tangles?  In Zen 2, you will complete this darling heart project and learn twelve tangles in the process!  NOT NECESSARY To have taken Zen 1!!

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Materials needed:  Students should bring their Beginners Kit from the Beginning Zentangle Class or be prepared to purchase one for $10.00.  I will supply the required paper for this project.

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CONCRETE / HYPERTUFFA –   April 12, 1:00 – 3:00  $35.00     CLASS IS FULL!  

Learn the methods, as well as numerous tips and observations gleaned from years of pottering with mudpies.  This stuff in incredibly fun and mostly quite easy to manipulate once you achieve the magical ratios of materials to water.  Gloves, facemasks, concrete, molds, buckets, mix-ins, printed instructions to take home, plus a variety of molds for you to choose from are included.
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Class will be held in the owners’ home (backyard) so please be sure to include your email so she can write to let you know the address.  PREPAY HERE

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 Wednesday-Friday, July 15 -17    Spa-paLooza!     3 Day Morning ‘Camp’

Ages 11-14      Time:  10- 12 pm  

 (Coed)  led by Patricia Dillingham.  Patricia has years of experience leading and inspiring kiddos to explore their inner muses and come out of her courses with an appreciation for the earth, for the decorative arts, and having had a ton of fun.

It’s Spa time!  We’ll be making lots of great smelling stuff found in some of those chi-chi stores one finds at the malls…. only better because you get to choose the molds, smells, and colors.

  • Fizzie bath bombs in fun shaped molds
  • Essential oil-infused jewelry made with polymer and air dried clay
  • All-natural sugar scrubs
  • Bath salts
  • Solid fragrances in compacts or lockets

$95.00 Sign Up Here

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Collage Earrings – Wednesday, April 8    6:30 – 8:30      $35.00  Materials provided

Intermediate level.  Over 14 please.  All tools, beads and wire provided to create one pair of earrings.

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This class is going to include a lot of techniques, but we’ll take it step by step and simplify what can easily *look* complicated!  We’ll use a variety of techniques such as forming, hammering, as well as design and placement of volumes and colors to create an artful piece of jewelry that your friends will absolute swoon over.

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Tiny Flat Glass Masterworks – Charms and Pendants

Wednesday, March 25 6:00 – 8:00pm        $28.00.    Materials included.

Learn the stained glass soldering method with Pamela Reid, who’s worked for years with renowned glass retailer Kittrell-Riffkind Gallery.  In this class, you will create simple square pendants or charms using thin cut glass slides and squares.  Then you will be lead through wrapping the edges with copper foil and applying solder, loops, and finally,extra bling!  Come to the class with ideas and any images and flat textures (paper, lace, foil, glitter) that you’ll like to incorporate into your pieces.  Most people have time to complete two pieces.

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This piece was made during one of our classes.  Want to sign up now?  Here is the link!

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Galaxy T-Shirt with Junkie Brands’ T-shirt owner, Henry.  

'Tremendous class last night with the remarkable Henry of junkie brand. He regailed students with factoids about space as we crafted awesome galaxy shirts. Let's do this again! #galaxyshirt #junkiebrand'

'Whoa that's one crazy nebula Henry has going on! #artclassesdallas #makersconnectclasses'

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Private class created for Lake Highland Babysitting Coop.  They crafted up several

of these adorable ring dishes and amazed each other with talent!

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