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Jewelry Making Workshops

January 25th 10am-1pm or February 22nd 4-7pm

Learn how to make a beaded pendant necklace with  Yellowstone Agate Jewelry’s Paul and Patricia Gates.

The course will be held at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel will go over designing concepts (including patterns, color combination and length), extensions/clasps/fasteners, crimping (single vs. double), how to use and open/close split rings and jump rings, how to select beading wire and supply sources, using pliers (round, flat, crimping, split ring, wire cutters, nippers). Two workshop options:

January 25th 10am-1pm: Jewelry Making and Lunch! Price: $50 (recently reduced!). Registration required. Includes:

  • All supplies (Beads, beading wire, bead boards and findings, local stone pendant of choice (green aventurine, snowflake obsidian, zebra stone, or mahogany obsidian)
  • Instruction from Paul and Patricia Gates
  • Competed beaded pendant necklace to take home
  • Lunch at Mammoth Hot Springs Dining Room
  • Coffee, tea, water during workshop

February 22nd 4pm-7pm. Spend the day exploring Yellowstone and then learn to make jewelry in the afternoon. Price: $25 (recently reduced!). Registration required. Includes:

  • All supplies (Beads, beading wire, bead boards and findings, local stone pendant of choice (green aventurine, snowflake obsidian, zebra stone, or mahogany obsidian)
  • Instruction from Paul and Patricia Gates
  • Competed beaded pendant necklace to take home
  • Coffee, tea, water during workshop

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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.

When not making jewelry, Pat and Paul continue their musical careers by performing with the Bozeman, Billings, and Helena Symphonies. Patricia performs on viola and flute, and Paul performs on bassoon, contrabassoon, and various saxophones.