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Jewelry Making Workshops

Jewelry Workshops in Yellowstone: November 20, 2021

Join us in Mammoth to learn how to make stunning jewelry on November 20th. This year we’re offering two different types of classes:

Morning Beaded Stone Pendant Necklace and Earring Workshop- 9am-noon

The workshop will cover design concepts, extensions/clasps/fasteners, crimping, how to use and open/close split rings and jump rings, selecting beading wire and supply sources, and using pliers. Students will take home a completed beaded necklace and earrings.

Price: $60 per person (reduced rate of $40 for guests staying in the Mammoth Hotel). Advanced registration is required*.

Includes:

  • All supplies: Beads, beading wire, bead boards and findings, local stone pendant of choice (green aventurine, snowflake obsidian, or zebra stone)
  • Demonstration on small grinder/polisher
  • Instruction from Paul and Patricia Gates of Yellowstone Agate Jewelry
  • Completed beaded pendant necklace and earrings to take home
  • Coffee, tea, water during workshop

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Afternoon Wire and Cord Wrapped Stone Pendant Necklaces Workshop- 2pm-5pm

The workshop will go over two different necklace-making techniques- wire-wrapped and cord-wrapped. For wire-wrapped necklaces, the instruction includes three different ways to wrap a stone, types of wire, wire wrapping tools, how to finish the necklace, selecting stones, and demonstration on small grinder/polisher on finishing stones. For cord-wrapped necklaces, the instruction includes several ways to wrap a stone (Maori New Zealand style) using types of cord and a finished Picasso stone pendant.

Cost: $80 per person (Reduced rate of $60 for guests staying in the Mammoth Hotel). Advanced registration is required*.

Includes:

  • All supplies: Picasso stone pendant, cord, wire, and tools
  • Demonstration on small grinder/polisher
  • Instruction from Paul and Patricia Gates of Yellowstone Agate Jewelry
  • Two completed necklaces (one wire wrapped natural stone and one cord wrapped finished stone)
  • Coffee, tea, water during workshop

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*Please note class sizes are limited to 8 participants and we will be following any applicable health and safety guidelines.

About Paul and Patricia Gates, Yellowstone Agate Jewelry

World-class trout fishing on the Yellowstone River drew Paul and Patricia Gates to Livingston, Montana. During many fishing trips, they discovered beautiful pieces of Montana agate and jasper in the gravel beds of the river. After retiring from more than twenty years of instrumental music teaching, they turned their passion for these local treasures into “Yellowstone Agate Jewelry”. Paul and Patricia cut, carve, polish, and handcraft Montana agate and other local stones into exquisite, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.

Recently, Pat and Paul retired from their musical careers where they performed with the Bozeman, Billings, and Helena Symphonies. Patricia performs on viola and flute, and Paul performs on bassoon, contrabassoon, and various saxophones. Read more about them on our blog!