Bead Bistro
2501 S. WS Young, Dr, Suite 311
Killeen, TX  76542
254-432-5307
Store Hours | Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Closed
 
 

 

 

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Bead Bistro offers equipment, accessories for jewelry-making
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2016
Holden Wilen | Herald staff writer

For those with an interest in learning more about how to make beads and jewelry, Bead Bistro in Killeen is the place to go.

The beadery, located at 2501 S. W.S. Young Drive, has everything people need to make their own jewelry — from beading to metalsmithing — using needles, rivets or solder.

In addition, every Saturday the store holds a class focusing on different types of techniques or skills.

Last weekend, artist and silversmith Jeff Fulkerson taught a class in which he helped attendees make pendants.

“They will be using silver soldering techniques and metal-forming and texturing to set the stone,” Fulkerson said. “The goal is they can go home and do this themselves. I like to teach the techniques because the techniques are transferable. The technique they learned to make a pendant they can transfer to making a ring or earrings or a bracelet or a belt.”

Fulkerson said he first became interested in silversmithing when he was 16 because of his fascination with Native American artifacts. He read a book and taught himself techniques. Now, he enjoys sharing his passion with other people.

“God made me to make things. I have made everything from diamond rings to sky scrapers. ...I love jewelry because it’s pretty quick in the gratification, depending on how complicated the piece is,” Fulkerson said. “I love teaching and I love sharing. Some people are really secretive. I love to teach.”

Art jeweler Jeff Fulkerson shows a class how to use heat to make handcrafted jewelry at at the Bead Bistro Gourmet Beadery on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.  
A student welds a piece of a necklace during a class at the Bead Bistro Gourmet Beadery on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.  
Art jeweler Jeff Fulkerson discusses jewelry making during a class at the Bead Bistro Gourmet Beadery on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.  
Art jeweler Jeff Fulkerson talks with students during a class on making handcrafted jewelry at at the Bead Bistro Gourmet Beadery on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.  
  Art jeweler and silversmith Jeff Fulkerson demonstrates welding techniques during a silver-smithing class at the Bead Bistro Gourmet Beadery on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.
  Hand carved stones are displayed during a silver-smithing class at the Bead Bistro Gourmet Beadery on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. Art jeweler and silversmith Jeff Fulkerson taught a class on making handcrafted jewelry during the session.
  Bead Bistro Gourmet Beadery owners Dale and Bob Koebnick are seen in their Killeen store Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.