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    Electronics and Soldering Workshop

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    If something electronic breaks in your house, who ya gonna call? NO ONE, because you've already learned how to fix it for yourself! Gain electrical independence and learn to make your own repairs, whether it's a computer, building pedals for a live music event or just stuff around the house that needs fixing. This class is perfect for those without prior knowledge of soldering and electronic components. Not only will you learn specific knowledge concerning the individual components involved in building a circuit, like resistors, capacitors, and diodes, but you will also learn how to properly solder these components together. In addition, you will learn various techniques and helpful tips as you construct your very own LED blinker kit!
    Electronics and Soldering Workshop

    3226 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago

    • Learn specific knowledge concerning the individual components involved in building a circuit
    • Gain hands on experience soldering different parts of a circuit together and make your own LED blinker kit
    • Feel confident repairing electrical devices around your home after an electronics workshop
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    Sandal Making

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    Sandals: the perfect comfort footwear for almost every occasion. With the right sandals, you can look equally stunning running around the city or frolicking at the beach. In this hands-on workshop, learn how to hand-craft your very own pair of sandals from scratch, using a variety of soling and strap designs. Choosing from a wide selection of hardware and leathers, you'll create and install straps, attach buckles, and decorate your sandals with the findings and hardware available. The best part is that you'll be able to show off your creation on the walk home. After mastering this valuable skill, you'll never want to buy another pair of shoes from the store again!
    Sandal Making

    3717 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago

    • Learn about the tools, materials, and process used to make leather sandals
    • Design, cut, build, sew, and decorate a custom pair from scratch
    • Learn about various leathers, straps, and buckles
    • Hand-craft your own pair of custom sandals to take home
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    21 positive reviews
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    Wine Glass Painting

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    Tired of drinking from wine glasses that just aren't as fun as you? During this wine-glass painting workshop, you'll learn to hand paint paint dishwasher-resistant designs to turn plain wineware into original, one-of-a-kind pieces. The techniques you learn in this class will allow you to create beautiful designer glasses for your own collection without breaking the bank, or thoughtful gifts for the wine-lovers in your life. Best of all, when you run out of things to say at your next dinner party, you can steer the conversation to your fabulous new creations. Why join this workshop? Wine art (get it)?
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    Wine Glass Painting

    2015 s. Laflin, Chicago

    • Hand paint wine glasses to make your own custom pieces
    • Learn glass painting techniques that won't wash off in the dishwasher
    • Display your creative side at your next party with your original works
    • Nourish your artistic side with a new hobby
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    23 positive reviews
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    Chan Luu Bracelet

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    Are you a fan of the popular and stylish Chan Luu bracelet? If yes, would you like to own one without spending hundreds of dollars? You're in luck! Take this jewelry-making class and learn the basics to creating your very own. No more window shopping or drained bank accounts for you -- not with the techniques you'll master in this class. With Ayala's Originals, practice quintessential techniques such as the cross-weaving bead work and soft supple leather cording. You will combine these two integral techniques to create your very own Chan Luu bracelet! While being instructed by a professional, design and create your own Chan Luu bracelet in the style that best suits you. Jewelry lovers unite; learn the essentials to customizing your own bracelet here.
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    Chan Luu Bracelet

    1511 Sherman Ave, Evanston

    • Create your own Chan Luu bracelet, in either a casual or elegant style
    • Practice cross-weaving bead work techniques and cording techniques with soft supple leather
    • Design and create your own knotted bracelet
    • No experience necessary
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    Nuno Felting for Beginnners

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    Take your DIY projects to the next level with this nuno felting class! Wet felting is the process of compressing animal hair together while immersed in warm soapy water to form one single piece of lightweight fabric, which can be repurposed into almost anything you can imagine. Express your creativity as you experiment with a variety of stitching and layering techniques to build up your felt into a wild variety of designs and textures. And who knows? You may just end up leaving with a new favorite hobby!
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    Nuno Felting for Beginnners

    1205 Crain St,, Evanston

    • Try out an utterly unique hobby as you learn the basics of wet felting during this art class
    • Create your own felt from scratch by compressing animal hair together while immersed in warm water
    • Practice layering and building up felt to create a variety of fun patterns and textures
    • Broaden your crafting horizons and open the doorway to a whole new world of DIY proj
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    2 positive reviews
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    Soap Making

    These days, there's no telling what's in the soap you buy in stores. In some cases, you might not want to know. DIY soap is the best way to eliminate that mystery. During this introductory soapmaking class, you'll be using goat's milk as the base to make a natural, gentle soap. A veteran soaper will first give you an introduction into the world of soap making techniques, then you'll be immersed in hands-on exercises that will lead to you producing your very own soap. At the end of the class, you'll even get to take two bars home with you. Of course, you might be too busy showing them off to friends to ever use them.
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    Soap Making

    1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia

    • Learn to make homemade soap on an organic farm
    • Get tips and tricks from a veteran soaper
    • Bring home two bars of soap that you made yourself
    • Delight in the simple pleasure of being able to make an everyday product yourself
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    DIY Bath Salts

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    Are you a bath or shower person? Do you find solace in a bubbly, soothing bath? Or are you fearful to sit in a tepid pool of your own filth? Learn to relax in the bath by creating your own bath salt scrubs in your favorite fragrance. Discovery Center helps scrub away the day in this all-natural process using only natural ingredients to make fresh-smelling bath salt scrubs. During this DIY class, you'll create two fragrances and different packaging for each. Whether you're using them as gifts, trying to freshly bathe with your new found scents, or even want to start a small business selling all-natural lavender-chocolate-orange bath salts, Discovery Center takes you to where you need to be.
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    DIY Bath Salts

    4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago

    • Learn how to create your own bath salt scrubs in your favorite fragrance
    • Use all-natural ingredients to create two fragrances of bath salts and different packaging for each
    • Explore your creative and crafty side in this fun, relaxing environment
    • No experience necessary
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    4 positive reviews
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    DIY Screen Printing Workshop

    A good aesthetic can be what makes your work stand out from the crowd. Learn how to make dazzling posters, t-shirts, flyers, and other projects using materials most people have lying around their garages and apartment. These quality printing skills will be the edge you have on all of your upcoming creative endeavors. Your style will transform to one that feels professional, eclectic, dynamic, and one-of-a-kind. Don't settle for mundane visuals when you can transform everything you produce into a captivating piece of artwork. Note: All supplies are included.
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    DIY Screen Printing Workshop

    1821 W Hubbard St, Chicago

    • Learn do it yourself printing skills that make your personal projects look like professional productions
    • Be instructed on how to make your own posters, t-shirts, flyers, and more
    • Transform everyday objects you have lying around into the beginnings of artwork
    • Possess the skills to make extraordinary works from modest budgets
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    Wet Felting: Make Slippers

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    Take your DIY projects to the next level with this high impact wet felting workshop! Wet felting is the process of compressing animal hair together while immersed in warm soapy water to form one single piece of lightweight fabric, which can be repurposed into almost anything you can imagine. Express your creativity as you experiment with a variety of stitching and layering techniques to build up your felt into a wild variety of designs and textures to customize your own pair of slippers. And who knows? You may just end up leaving with a new favorite hobby!
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    Wet Felting: Make Slippers

    1205 Crain St,, Evanston

    • Try out an utterly unique hobby as you learn the basics of wet felting during this art class
    • Create your own felt from scratch by compressing animal hair together while immersed in warm water
    • Make a beautiful pair of felt slippers to take home as a souvenir of your new skill
    • Broaden your crafting horizons and open the doorway to a whole new world of DIY project
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    2 positive reviews
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    Shoe Making: Patterns

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    Do you own a closet full of shoes? Or feel an irresistible urge to stop and gaze every time you pass by a shoe store window display? Maybe you missed your calling as a shoemaker! This full-day workshop will teach you the basics of shoe pattern making so you can map out those custom shoe designs that are floating around in your head just like a professional. Your instructor will focus on helping you develop a basic understanding of shoe structure, and how to design and modify shoes suitable for any foot size or type. You'll then gain hands on experience in creating sketches that can be used to bring your shoe creations to life. Get ahead in life, one foot (read: shoe) at a time!
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    Shoe Making: Patterns

    3717 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago

    • Learn to design professional patterns that can be used for making custom shoes
    • Gain a basic understanding of shoe structure and how to modify components
    • Satiate your need to create by making innovative designs
    • Launch a career in shoemaking or just gain entry to a new hobby
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    21 positive reviews

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