Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March 3

Several new classes have been added to the schedule. Here is the updated class calendar:

Saturday, March 13: Chunky Beaded Cluster (10:30 AM)

Saturday, March 27: Intro Art Clay Silver (10:30 AM)
This class only rolls around 3 or 4 times a year, and is a pre-requisite for all of our fun Advanced Art Clay Silver classes. If you have always wanted to try Art Clay Silver, this is a great opportunity!

Sunday, March 28: Wire-Wrapped Celtic Earrings (1 PM)

Celtic Earrings

Saturday, April 17: Art Clay Silver: Silver Paste

This Advanced Art Clay Silver Class teaches you how to turn organic objects like leaves into interesting and beautiful pendants or earrings, and is a great class for Spring, with all the gorgeous leaves we have in this area. Feel free to bring leaves from your yard, or experiment with leaves provided by the teacher.

Sunday, April 18: Wire-Wrapped Cabochon Pendant (1 PM)

We also have a huge selection of new gemstones and glass - stop by and see us!

YaYa Beads
109 Shartom Drive
Augusta, GA
(behind the Washington Rd Applebee's)

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Class Update

Another opportunity to try Art Clay Silver!

Art Clay Silver is a fun and interesting technique in which you mold an organic clay polymer, which is embedded with silver molecules, into various jewelry objects, including pendants, rings, earrings, connectors, clasps, and more; then fire them in the kiln or with a torch, yielding 99.9% silver (fine silver). The possibilities are endless, and limited only by your imagination!

We offer a number of advanced Art Clay Classes, including rings, bezel setting, enameling, and paper clay, and Angela keeps adding more and more fun new advanced projects. All advanced classes require successful completion of Intro Art Clay.

We have had a number of requests to offer Intro Art Clay so folks can be ready for the advanced classes, and we are pleased to announce a new Intro Art Clay class, on Saturday, March 27, @ 10:30 AM. Call us, or drop by the shop to register.

And don't forget to check the calendar for all our other classes - we have a lot of fun stuff coming up, including a terrific introductory-level Wire-Wrapping class. If you have been wanting to try out wire-wrapping, this cabochon pendant class would be an ideal opportunity. It is scheduled this Sunday afternoon, 2/7, @ 1 PM - time is running out to register!

We also have another advanced Art Clay class (Paper Clay - see our last newsletter post for a picture of this project) on Feb. 20; a Wire Class on 2/21; Kumihimo on Feb 26; Cold Connections on Feb 27 & 28, and Chunky Beaded Necklace on 3/13.

Hope to see you soon!

YaYa Beads
109 Shartom Drive
Augusta, GA 30907
(behind the Washington Rd Applebee's)

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Class News

This is a picture of the Art Clay Silver Paper Project that Angela will be teaching on February 20 - although this picture shows a ring, the class project that day will be a pair of earrings.

There are still 2 openings left in this class - don't miss your chance to learn this new technique!

There are also a couple of openings left in the Art Clay Silver Rings class this Saturday - give us a call if you're interested.

We have still openings left in the upcoming Wire Wrap Classes and the Chunky Beaded Cluster class, and there are only 2 spots left in the Cold Connections Workshop, and 3 slots left in Kumihimo.

Now that winter has set in, use this time to get started in something new!

YaYa Beads
109 Shartom Drive
Augusta, GA 30907
behind the Washington Rd Applebee's

Hope to see you soon!

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Update on classess and drawing

Congratulations to Caryn Anderson, who took home the lonely snowmen earrings today - and here is the winning ticket number for the enameled copper earwire assortment:

If you have the matching stub with this number, bring it by the shop to claim your earwires!

This drawing will end at 5 PM on January 30, so check your tickets now!

Our cold connections class (Feb 27-28) has only 2 openings left, and there are 4 openings remaining in the Kumihimo class (2/26). The wire classes and Art Clay classes all have 3-4 openings remaining, so if you're interested in one of our upcoming classes, don't delay in registering.

YaYa Beads
109 Shartom Drive
Augusta GA 30907
Behind the Washington Road Applebee's

We hope to see you soon!

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

These Snowmen need a good home

No one has ever stepped forward to claim the poor Swarovski snowman earrings that were our November stimulus giveaway - so here's the deal: the first person to walk into the store after I post this newsletter, with any ticket at all for a November purchase (one of the red entry tickets - not a receipt, just to clarify), and to tell me they read about these poor homeless snowmen, gets to take them home. Bye-Bye, snowmen!


New business: Don't forget to check out our upcoming classes -
Wire-Wrapping: 1/24: Celtic Necklace & Matching Earrings
2/7: Basic Wire-Wrapped Cabochon pendant
2/21: Darlin's set (matching bracelet, earrings, and ring)

Art Clay Silver: 1/30: Rings
2/20: Paper Clay Project (new technique)
*remember: previous successful completion of Angie's Intro Art Clay Class is a prerequisite for either of these classes

BeadWork: 2/26: Kumihimo
3/13: Chunky Beaded Cluster Necklace

Cold Connections: 2/27-2-28

Pictures of Kumihimo and the Celtic Necklace can be found a couple of posts below this one; the post was titled "Upcoming Events", and dated 12/12/09. We also have samples of all these projects in the shop, except the Art Clay Silver Paper Project - and I am trying real hard to get a sample piece from Angie.


I will draw a ticket for the December giveaway (the enameled earwires) as soon as someone comes to claim the snowmen!

Happy New Year!

YaYa Beads
109 Shartom Drive
Augusta GA 30907
behind the Washington Road Applebee's

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Upcoming events

We are in full holiday swing at YaYa Beads - we have lots of holiday items available for last minute purchases, and the 2009 class schedule has wound down.

Speciality classes will pick up again in January:


On Sunday, January 24, (1PM) we will be offering a brand new Wire-Wrap Class here - the Beaded Celtic Necklace. This necklace allows you to combine the beads of your choice with a wire-wrapped Celtic design, and then you have several options to compete the necklace - simple chain mail, a wire-wrapped style of chain, or even bead stringing or bead-weaving. This is a pretty versatile and interesting design, and if time allows, students will also be able to make the matching earrings, at no additional cost (other than materials.) Class fee: $35 plus supplies.

On Sunday, February 7, (1PM) we will again be offering our basic wire-wrapped cabochon pendant class. This is an excellent class for beginning and advanced wire students alike. Class fee: $35 plus supplies.

On Sunday, February 21, (1PM) we will be offering Darlin's set - a matching bracelet, ring, and earrings set that is always a popular class. Because 3 completed projects are completed in this class, it tends to run a little longer than our other Wire classes, and its fee is $45 plus supplies, instead of the usual $35 fee.

Beadwork and Wire-Weaving:

Ceil Thomas had a busy and prosperous 2009, and has asked to take January and February off to recuperate, and she will be starting up classes again in March, with her extremely popular Chunky Beaded Cluster Necklace Class. on March 13 at 10:30 AM. Class Fee: $30 plus supplies.

Art Clay Silver:

Join us on Saturday, January 30, at 10:30 AM for Art Clay Silver Rings! Angie always has new designs and techniques to share, and this promises to be a great class. (Intro Art Clay is a required pre-requisite) Class Fee: $65 (includes all supplies.)

On Saturday, February 20, at 10:30 AM Angie will be offering a completely new class: Paper Clay. This features more of Angie's innovative techniques and ideas, and something completely new for those of you who haven't taken any Art Clay Silver Classes in awhile. (Intro Art Clay is a required pre-requisite) Class Fee: $65 (includes all supplies.)


Kathy Morris will returning February 26, to offer Kumihimo, the ancient Japanese art of braiding with beads. This will be an all-day class, from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM, and the project will be a rope necklace, which the student may chose to finish with a focal bead, or fringed as a lariat, or simply leave unadorned. The fee for this class is $45 plus supplies. All supplies will be available at YaYa Beads, but if you have a favorite focal bead that you have been wondering how to use, feel free to bring it! [$30 deposit required for registration.]

Cold Connections:

Kathy will again be offering her 2-day Cold Connections workshop on Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28 (9 Am - 6PM) . Cold Connections is a fascinating MetalWorks process, in which a variety of materials and found objects are attached without the use of glues or soldering. The creative possibilities with Cold Connections are virtually endless – limited only by your imagination.

Kathy has taught this Cold Connections workshop here before, and does not designate projects in advance - she allows each student to design their own projects, and in the past, students have left the workshop with anywhere from 4 to 8 completed projects, plus some works-in-progress they could finish at home later.

The fee for this intense 2-day workshop is $135.00, and includes ALL materials, literature, consumables, and supplies to be used in the class. [$65 deposit required for registration.] Any additional cost incurred would be for embellishment or finishing of the designs (such as crystals, beads, or perhaps chain to complete a pendant), or for the purchase of tools and/or materials that the student may wish to acquire from the instructor or YaYa Beads to continue working at home with cold connections.

Pictures of Cold Connections projects and more information about this workshop will soon be posted in the Classes section of

Keep checking back here for more updates to the Specialty Class Schedule. As always, beading, beadweaving, and wrapped loop classes are offered on a flexible schedule, during the week, according to available openings - so if you would like to take one or more of these, call early to reserve your spot!

Take note of our Holiday Closings:

Closed December 24 through December 28 (reopening Tuesday, Dec. 29)
Closed December 31 and January 1

Happy Holidays, and hope to see you soon!

YaYa Beads
109 Shartom Drive
Augusta, GA 30907
(behind the Washington Rd Applebee's)

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

November winning ticket and other news

This is the winning ticket in our November drawing for the Swarovski Snowman earrings. If your ticket stub matches this one, bring it in and collect your prize!


This post has been edited 12/10/09, 5 PM: No one came forward with the above winning ticket by the deadline previously established, so a new ticket has been drawn, and will be posted in a few minutes.

If you don't have the matching stub, hang on to your tickets for a little while - if no one claims the earrings by 5 PM on Thursday, December 10, we will draw another ticket, and post that number here.

So check your tickets soon - if you have the winner, don't forget to come by the shop before 5 PM on the 10th!

We now have earwires available in 14 gorgeous colors, including brown, black, red, orange, yellow, peach, and several shades of blue and green:

These earwires are made from 22 gauge enameled copper, and will give you many more choices in earring design.

We have put together a package with one pair of each color, and are offering this multi-pack for our December stimulus drawing.

We recently received a new shipment of gemstones, and continue to receive new seed beads, findings, and glass beads every week.

Don't miss out on our upcoming classes and workshops! There are still a couple of openings in the wire-wrap Ring class this weekend: Students will leave the class with 3 completed rings -- the hidden bead ring, and 2 freeform rings of their choice.

We also still have openings in the Kumihimo workshop AND the Cold Connections workshop - we are very excited to be able to offer unusual workshops!

Call us or come by the shop to register.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

YaYa Beads
109 Shartom Drive

Augusta, GA 30907
(behind the Washington Road Applebee's)

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Calendar Reminders

Just a short post to provide a quick look at upcoming events:

Copper Spiral Rope Bracelet (Chainmaille) : Saturday, September 12, 10:30 AM

Darlin's set (Wire-wrapping): Sunday, September 13, 1 PM

Cross-Over Bangle (Wire-wrapping): Monday, September 14, 6:30 PM

Wire Coiled Earrings (Beadwork/Wire-weaving): Saturday October 10, 10:30 AM

Intro Art Clay (Art Clay Silver): Saturday, October 17

Beaded Bead (Beadwork/Wire-weaving): Saturday, October 24, 10:30 AM

Wire-Coiled Neckpiece (Beadwork/Wire-weaving): Sunday, November 8, 10:00 AM

Additional details about these classes are available in earlier posts (below) or in the Class section @

You can register for any of our classes by phone or by dropping by the shop.

Bead Swap: Monday, September 14, @ 6PM

The store will be closed for vacation at the end of the month: from Friday September 25 through Friday, October 2. Reopening Saturday, October 3.

Our September Stimulus is in full swing (details posted below) - visit us before 9/25 to enter the drawing! Since we'll be closed at the end of the month, I'll draw the winning ticket when the store re-opens. Look for the winning ticket number here, sometime around October 7. (It'll be posted in the store, too.)

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Updated Class Schedule

This is the latest update to the Specialty Class Schedule at YaYa Beads:

Darlin's set: Sunday, September 13, 1 PM
In this class, students will complete a matching bracelet, ring, and pair of earrings using half-round wire (copper, sterling silver, and gold-filled wire available). Because 3 projects will be taught, the fee for Darlin's set is $45 plus supplies

Darlin's bracelet variations

Darlin's earrings

Darlin's ring variations

Cross-Over Bangle: Monday, September 14, 6:30 PM

Fees for Wire-Wrapping classes are $35 plus supplies, except where noted.
$15 non-refundable deposit required upon registration.


Copper Spiral Rope Bracelet: Saturday, September 12, 10:30 AM

close-up of spiral rope bracelet weave

While there are many spiral chainmaille weaves, this one is unique in that it is created with jump-rings crafted from half-round wire; copper rings will be used for this class project.
This bracelet has wide appeal, and is extremely popular with men.
Fee for this class is $35 plus supplies; $15 non-refundable deposit required upon registration.

Chunky Beaded Cluster: Saturday, August 22, 10:30 AM

This is one of our most popular classes - it's great for those leftover beads you always have lying around!
2 variations of the Chunky Beaded Cluster are shown here, but the possibilities are endless!

Wire Coiled Earrings: Saturday October 10, 10:30 AM

We are offering this advanced class one more time prior to our highly-anticipated Coiled Wire Neckpiece Class. This class is considered to be an advanced class (meaning you need to have successfully completed one of Ceil's other wire classes before registering for this class)
Completion of the Wire Coiled Earring Class is a mandatory pre-requisite for the Coiled Wire Neckpiece.
Beaded Bead: Saturday, October 24, 10:30 AM
This technique can be used in so many different ways once you master it! 2 variations are shown here:
Fee for all above Bead & Wirework classes is $30 plus supplies; $15 non-refundable deposit required upon registration

Wire-Coiled Neckpiece: Sunday, November 8, 10:00 AM

Here it is - our highly anticipated master class! This day-long class is scheduled for Saturday, November 10 @ 10:30 AM. Class fee is $60 plus supplies; $25 non-refundable deposit required for registration.
If you are interested in this class, make sure you've completed a previous wire-coiled earring class, or else registered for the one on October 10.
Art-Clay Silver
Intro Art Clay: Saturday, October 17
We are repeating this introductory Art Class class because the class last week was full, and we have a lot of interesting new Art Clay Classes coming up, but registration in all advanced Art Clay Classes requires completion of this intro class, so don't miss out!
The fee for Intro Art Clay is $65, and includes all supplies. $25 non-refundable deposit required upon registration.

Other note-worthy upcoming YaYa events:
September Bead Swap: Monday, September 14, @ 6PM
Please refer to the post immediately below this one for more bead swap information.
Hope to see you soon!
YaYa Beads
109 Shartom Drive
Augusta, GA 30907
behind Applebee's on Washington Road

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Friday, July 31, 2009

September Swapapalooza!

Time for another YaYa Bead Swap!

If you're like most beaders, you have more than a few beads or findings lying around from previous projects. YaYa Beads is sponsoring our next Bead Swap on Monday, September 14, where any interested beader can trade their unused beads, clasps, seed beads, etc... with other beaders, and go home with some great new inspiration!

Many of you are familiar with the Bead Swap rules, but here they are for the newcomers:

How it works:
1) This is a bead swap: no money is to exchange hands. Your leftover beads and findings are the only accepted currency at the swap.

2) You may bring in any beads or findings you are willing to part with.

3) We will provide a space for you to display your items. You'll mark your spot with a name tag, and then you are free to walk around and check out the other items up for trade, or stay with your own beads. But don't worry - any interested trader will be able to find you!

4) Once you find some beads you'd like to swap for, you can call out the name of the owner and take your beads to them, or bring them back to your spot, and start working on your trade. Remember: no money is to exchange hands.

5) You are under no obligation to swap with anyone. Sometimes someone may want one of your beads, but you don't see anything of theirs you want - that's OK.

6) Terms of each swap are left up to the 2 trading parties.

7) All swaps are final, so make sure you really want to part with your beads before you enter into any trade.

8) YaYa Beads is proud to host this swap, but YaYa inventory is not up for trading!

One Beader's leftovers are another Beader's treasure!

Mark your calendars for this fun event: Monday, September 14, @ 6:00 PM.

Just a few reminders:

Think you'd like to learn to make a wire-wrapped focal piece like this?

The prerequisite class, Wire-coiled Earrings, is this Saturday - August 8 @ 10:30.

Give us a call, or come into the shop, and get registered! Don't miss out!

Daniel's Wire-wrapped Pendant class is also this weekend - Sunday, @1 pm. This is a terrific class for anyone interested in learning wire-wrapping basics or in expanding their skills.

This class is already half-full, so don't miss your chance to register!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

YaYa Beads
109 Shartom Drive
Augusta, GA
(behind Applebee's on Washington Rd)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

YaYa News, 7/22/09

Just a few updates and additional information about the current class schedule:

This is a sample of the "Wire Coiled Earrings," which will be taught on August 8 @ 10:30 AM.

This is considered to be an advanced project/class, but if you are at all interested in taking our 2-day seminar, to be offered later this year, on making those intricate, gorgeous wire-coiled focal pieces of Ceil's, this class is a mandatory prerequisite - so check your calendars, and give us a call if you're interested!

The following are just a few of the pieces produced in previous Chunky Beaded Cluster classes:

It's easy to see that this class allows you to produce a necklace that is only limited by your imagination (and supply of beads).

The next Chunky Beaded Cluster class is scheduled for August 22 @ 10:30 AM, and there are only 2 openings left!

The Lacy Wire Cuff Bracelet class last Sunday was a huge success - everyone's bracelets looked different, and every

one had a great time.

YaYa Beads will now be offering this class on a one-on-one flexible scheduling basis, like we do with our beadweaving and basic beading classes, so give us a call if you're interested in learning this fun bracelet.

NOTE: Intro Art Clay Silver, on Saturday, August 15, is now completely full.

I will be happy to start a waiting list for anyone interested in having us schedule another Intro Art Clay class.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

YaYa Beads
109 Shartom Drive
Augusta, GA

(Behind Applebee's on Washington Rd.)

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

YaYa Beads News 7/18/09

Specialty Class Schedule

WIRE-WRAPPING with Daniel Morgan
  • Lacy Cuff Bracelet: Sunday, July 19, 1PM

A pretty, girly project, and we have a nice assortment of these fantastic focal clasps!

  • Pendant: Sunday, August 9, 1PM

Learn to wrap your favorite cabochon or bead with beautiful ornamental wire, to really show it off! YaYa Beads has a wide variety of cabs to choose from, or bring your own.

This is a great project for beginning wire-wrappers.

  • Ring-a-Ding Ring: Monday, August 17, 6:30PM

This is a fun, adjustable ring which looks great whether you choose the plain or fancy design! This would make a great toe ring, too!

  • Darlin's Set: Sunday, September 13, 1PM

You'll love this trio of matching bracelet, ring, and earrings!

Since 3 projects will be created in this class, the class fee for Darlin's set is $45.
  • Cross-Over Bangle: Monday, September 14, 6:30PM

Tools for all wire-wrapping classes will be available for student use, or you may bring your own. Flat nose pliers and flush wire cutters are required for most projects, and you may want to bring these if you have them.

You will leave class with at least one fabulous finished project!

We have samples of most of these projects available at the shop...

These Wire-wrapping classes (except where noted) are $35 + cost of supplies
$15 non-refundable deposit required

Beadwork and Wire-Weaving with Ceil Thomas

  • Wire Crochet Flower Earrings: Saturday, July 25, 10:30 AM
Learn to crochet with sterling silver wire - no prior knowledge of crochet is necessary!
  • Wire-Coiled Earrings: Saturday, August 8, 10:30 AM

    This class will teach you the techniques needed to make those beautiful, intricate chunky coiled wire centerpieces that many of you have seen Ceil wearing. We will be offering a 2-day seminar a bit down the road on making those gorgeous pieces, but successful completion of this earring class will be a required prerequisite.

Note: The wire-coiled earring class is considered an advanced wire-weaving class.

  • Chunky Beaded Cluster: Saturday, August 22, 10:30 AM

This is one of the most popular classes taught at YaYa Beads - it is fun, easy, and a great way to use up those beads left over from previous projects!

Samples of all these projects are available at the shop.

The fee for Ceil's beadwork classes is $30 plus supplies; $15 non-refundable deposit required for registration.

Ceil is also taking appointments for students interested in learning pearl knotting. You can call the shop, or stop in for more information.

Art Clay Silver with Angela Foreman

  • Intro Art Clay Silver: Saturday, August 15, 10:30 AM

Learn to make your own fine silver pendants, charms, rings, and more - Angela's introductory Art Clay Silver technique is a required prerequisite for all her great advanced classes, plus you'll end up with a pendant of your own design! These intro classes are only taught 3 or 4 times a year, so if you've always wanted to try Art Clay Silver, this is a great opportunity.

As of today, there is one opening still available for this class: don't miss out!

The class fee for Intro Art Clay Silver is $65, and includes ALL supplies. $25 non-refundable deposit required for registration.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

YaYa Beads
109 Shartom Drive
Augusta, GA 30907
(behind Applebee's on Washington Rd)

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