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    Introduction to Paper Marbling

    Losing your marbles? A little creativity couldn’t hurt. (Just ask Picasso). Stretch your ingenuity with a colorful introduction to paper marbling. Float swirls of paint on the surface of thickened water to spawn swirling patterns, and then learn to transfer that design to paper to produce a permanent print. While you immerse paint in water, find yourself immersed in a social studio ambiance designed to inspire. Learn about the materials involved, and master both classic and contemporary paper marbling processes. Finish class by creating two sets of paper coasters that are yours to keep! This is a class that knows how to keep the fun fluid.
    Introduction to Paper Marbling

    117B 11th St, Brooklyn

    • Learn to produce colorful prints during a hands-on introduction to paper marbling
    • Master techniques for creating unique patterns in both traditional and modern styles
    • Create several prints and two sets of paper coasters
    • Indulge your creative spirit by learning an innovative new hobby
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    Art of Floral Design

    Have you ever looked at a wreath and thought, “Pssshhh. I could make that.” Well, it’s harder than it looks. Perhaps this is the course for you. As an overview of flower design and arrangement, you’ll learn the mechanics of a floral vase design, starting with your own personal style. You’ll learn the different types of accents and fillers that create the base, and then you’ll create a centerpiece that pulls away from symmetry and flows with a natural design matching your aesthetic, color preferences, and occasion. Finally, you’ll learn to create a flower crown that brings together these techniques into a wearable and reusable personal statement. Not bad, for one day! Now go out into the world and try your hand one-upping that wreath you’ve been eyeing. You’ll dance circles around it!
    Art of Floral Design

    117B 11th St, Brooklyn

    • Build your own floral centerpiece AND headpiece, acquiring design skills along the way
    • Mingle with others in a class of floral decorating enthusiasts!
    • Discover the basics of foliage, how to properly care for each piece, and the ultimate combination of technique and placement that sets the tone of a room
    • Learn how each unique design requires a visual balance of color and texture
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    Create A Leather Wallet

    Looking for creative new ways to “hide” your money? Clad it in leather with the help of this 3-hour workshop! You’ll learn to cut, hole punch, hand stitch, and lace leather over the course of three hours of creative instruction. Make a classy wallet using premium leather, or go for a keyring, pouch, or card case. No matter your selection, you’ll be learning artisan techniques that you can take home with you, revolutionizing your crafting options in the process. Talk about getting your money’s worth.
    Create A Leather Wallet

    117B 11th St, Brooklyn

    • Learn to produce a leather accessory in this hands-on leatherworking class
    • Master artisan skills such as cutting, hole punching, and hand stitching
    • Create a wallet, pouch, card holder, or keyring
    • Indulge your creative spirit by learning an innovative new hobby
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    Leather Case For Laptop Or Tablet

    If the Fonz was a crafty tech nerd, what would he do? Create some hilarious Fonz memes, for starters. And drape his gadgets in cowhide, obviously. Honor your inner Fonz during this hands-on class. Learn to cut and craft leather to produce a stylish handheld case for a device of your choosing. Master patterning, cutting, and stitching techniques, with a variety of approaches demonstrated. Choose from high-quality leathers in black or brown, and used waxed thread to bring your project together. You’ll even have the option to add a handle or closure to give your project something special. We give this class two cocked thumbs up. Ayyyyyyyyyy!
    Leather Case For Laptop Or Tablet

    117B 11th St, Brooklyn

    • Learn to produce handcrafted electronics cases during a hands-on leatherworking class
    • Master cutting and stitching techniques under the guidance of a professional
    • Create a premium leather case for an electronic device of your choosing
    • Indulge your creative spirit by learning an innovative new hobby
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    Metalsmith Jewelry Design

    If you like yourself then you should put a ring on.. er, yourself. And don’t just take the easy way out and buy a ring -- MAKE ONE! In this class you will learn metalsmithing basics like sawing, filing and soldering to create your own silver ring with personalized designs made from silver sheet and rod. From the original draft to your final design, expert jewelry designer and metalsmith Nina Berenato will walk you through every step of the way and help you on your own journey or metalworking, jewelry design, and self-discovery. So next time someone says, “Where did you get that GORGEOUS bling?”, you’ll just have to say, “Sorry sweets, I MADE this ring, and there’s not another one like it in the whole world.” So unique, just like you!
    Metalsmith Jewelry Design

    117B 11th St, Brooklyn

    • Learn metalsmithing and how to use silver sheet and rod to create and personalize your own silver ring
    • Create and style your own pieces of jewelry that will resonate with your individuality, who you are, and what inspires you
    • Free yourself to an entirely new world of expression through your accessories
    • Make each piece as unique as you are, so that you can wear your personality on your sleeve -- literally!
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    The Art of Chocolate Making

    Okay, you’re going to a potluck but your friends are all catching on to your 32 Pillsbury Dough Tricks cookbook, and quite frankly you know you should try challenging yourself. What if you brought truffles? But like, not the kind you bought -- the kind you made, yourself? Allow Master Chocolatier Hakan Martenson to show you that Truffle Shuffle. You’ll learn how to temper and shape chocolate and open an entirely new world of chocolate creations. You’ll explore the qualities of chocolate, the creation of chocolate shells, and how to make your own chocolate filling. But above all, you will learn the art of creating your own personalized truffles. To thank us, please fit a full batch of truffles into a box with our address and drop off at the nearest post office. Kthx!
    The Art of Chocolate Making

    450 Washington St, New York

    • Learn to make your own truffles -- FIKA’s Master Chocolatier Hakan Martenson will guide you through this surefire way to win over your next potluck
    • Gain an understanding of how to temper and shape chocolate and open an entirely new world of chocolate creations
    • Explore the qualities of chocolate, the creation of chocolate shells, and your own chocolate filling
    • Gain a complete understanding of the physical qualities of this medium and the ability to create your own personalized truffles
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    Introduction to Sewing

    Sew much fabric. Sew little time. You’ve got a million and one ideas for designer looks, but your sewing machine has other plans. Mainly, haphazard zig-zags and thoughtlessly chewing up your pricey textiles. Turn the tables with this 3-hour sewing basics class designed for novices, and it won’t be long before you’re hosting fashion shows that won’t leave the audience in stitches. Get hands-on experience under the guidance of a sewing pro. Demystify the sewing machine as your work a project from start to finish. Learn to use patterns, select fabric, cut, assemble, and sew. In the process, you’ll produce a color-blocked canvas backpack that’s yours to keep! Next step: silk onesie.
    Introduction to Sewing

    117B 11th St, Brooklyn

    • Develop your sewing skills with a class for beginners
    • Learn the basics of using a sewing machine
    • Master the art of using patterns to construct projects
    • Finish class with a colorful canvas backpack
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    Wire Jewelry Design

    Express yourself! You don’t have to be an expert. This class is designed for those with no previous experience who want to learn how to start and finish a necklace and earrings. Gena Myint will guide you through every step -- she’s been doing this since she was a little sprout. Students will be introduced to hand tools and shown the best way to use them to make a loop, single/double wrap, interlinking beads, headpins and end closures. The completed project includes your own necklace and earrings. Just think, if you throw away the rest of your jewelry, you can tell people you’ve made every single piece of jewelry you own! Or, just take the class over and over until you get to a braggable ratio. We believe in you!
    Wire Jewelry Design

    117B 11th St, Brooklyn

    • Learn basic jewelry construction using fundamental techniques, such as wire looping and wrapping
    • Make a pair of earrings and matching necklace that you can show off to your friends because, after all, you designed and built it yourself!
    • Combine your personal taste with the ability to create your own handmade pieces
    • Open yourself to the possibilities of endless fashion combinations of the highest standard -- your own!
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    Bracelet Making

    Draping your paws in shiny trinkets are the order of the day during this “hands-on” workshop! Work under the guidance of a knowledgeable artisan as you learn to work with a jeweler’s saw to turn sheet metal and wire into wearable art. Get pointers on design and fabrication, and craft a bangle or cuff of your own envisioning. Sawing, filing, forming, and finishing are all covered. You’ll even learn to add personal details using stamping and hammering techniques. Pretty handy, huh?
    Bracelet Making

    117B 11th St, Brooklyn

    • Learn to produce metal bracelets during a hands-on introduction to jewelry making
    • Master design and fabrication techniques under the guidance of a professional
    • Create a cuff or bangle out of sheet metal and/or wire
    • Indulge your creative spirit by learning an innovative new hobby
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    Soap Making

    Are you feeling down? Well, you know what they say -- “Lather is the best medicine!” In this two-hour workshop, Erica Recto will walk you through the process of creating your own bars of soap. With an emphasis on the long-lasting quality of handmade and slow-made objects, Erica’s work results in high-quality aromas and colors that are integral to a well-made product. She will break down the process for you step-by-step to explain the basics of creating your own combination of scents and textures. By the end of the class, you will leave with your own batch (about 1 pound, or 4 bars) of your very own soap. We don’t think this class will make you sweat, but if it does, at least you’re going home with some fresh soap!
    Soap Making

    117B 11th St, Brooklyn

    • Learn the process of soap-making through step-by-step instruction and go home with your own batch of soap (4 bars)
    • Discover the basic ingredients and techniques required to create a personalized blend
    • Work with lye, oils, and scents in order to produce the perfect mixture for your skin
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    Introduction to Metal Fabrication

    Did a light just turn on inside your head? Well, now you can turn one on above your head, too. Learn how to build a lamp in Introduction to Metal Fabrication. This course brings together the practical skills of metal grinding and soldering to create a functional, contemporary copper lamp from pieces of copper piping. You’ll learn the qualities of copper as well as how to bend, form, and mold the metal into something amazing. Before long, you’ll start to understand how things are created, why they work the way they do, and how you can do the same the next time a light bulb goes off in -- or above -- your own noggin.
    Introduction to Metal Fabrication

    117B 11th St, Brooklyn

    • Create a contemporary minimalistic lamp from copper tubing, your bare hands, and a little know-how
    • Learn how to use a grinder, solder, and buffing wheel and how to assemble the final lamp that goes home with you
    • Combine grit and elbow grease to create something gorgeous to put in your home -- they make great gifts, too!
    • Learn how to bend, form, and mold metal into amazing shapes, and use this skill set for future projects
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    Custom Motorcycle Design

    So you just bought your first cafe racer, and you’re taking it out for a spin. The wind’s in your hair, the road is vast, and whoa -- what was that? Did that kid just throw an ice cream cone at your engine block? Good luck cleaning Oreo Blizzard off all 350 of your cc’s. What did he just yell? Nice scooter, dweebus? You’re not a dweebus! It’s time to pimp your ride. Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this workshop you’ll learn the basics of motorcycle design every bike owner should know and understand. Begin by learning the distinct characteristics for styles like cafe racers, bobbers and trackers. Discover different methods of customizing frames, tires, and custom seats, and how to bring a new life to your vintage bike. You’re on your way to building your dream bike. In the meanwhile, might want to get a poncho.
    Custom Motorcycle Design

    117B 11th St, Brooklyn

    • Learn the basics of motorcycle design and where to start when bringing new life into your vintage bike
    • Discover secrets to add your own flare and taste into your machine, whether you’re looking to make it faster, sleeker, rattier, or just plain unique
    • Review distinct characteristics of custom bikes to gain an understanding of options
    • Join a class of motorcycle enthusiasts and make new friends who share your hobby!
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