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Discover a dazzling array of beading classes that will unleash your creativity and teach you to design and create stunning jewelry pieces. From beginner basics to advanced techniques, these classes will empower you to express your unique style.

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Creative Beadwork and Beyond (Beginner/Intermediate)

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Unleash your creativity with unique beads, fiber, and wire jewelry. Explore new techniques and stitch combinations in this exciting class at the renowned 92nd Street Y. Beginners and intermediate students alike are welcome to join and discover the art of creative beadwork.

Saturday, Feb 24th, 1–3:30pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

Intro to Beaded Jewelry I

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Discover the secrets of creating stunning beaded jewelry with our hands-on course. Learn essential techniques like weaving, pearl knotting, and wireworking to craft beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. Unleash your creativity and turn your passion for jewelry into wearable art.

Monday, Apr 1st, 1–3:30pm Eastern Time

 (8 sessions)

Beaded Jewelry Independent Study (All Levels)

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Refine your beaded jewelry skills and explore new designs in this independent study course at 92nd Street Y. Learn advanced techniques in stringing, knotting, and weaving larger beads, while troubleshooting common issues. Prerequisite: Why Knot I & II and/or Intro to Beaded Jewelry I & II.

Monday, Feb 26th, 1–3:30pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

Intro to Beaded Jewelry II

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Take your beaded jewelry skills to the next level with Part 2 of this course at 92nd Street Y. Learn advanced knotting techniques, create stunning bangles and necklaces with easy seed bead techniques, and master wirework to make beautiful chains and earrings. Previous completion of Part 1 is not required.

Saturday, Jun 1st, 1–3:30pm Eastern Time

 (5 sessions)

Embellished Cuff

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Discover the art of embellishing cuffs by creating a stunning base of beads and then using various beads, cabochons, and found objects to sew through and enhance the surface. Unleash your creativity and explore the unique technique of "painting with beads" in this one-of-a-kind course. Check the Supply List for more information.

Tuesday, Mar 12th, 4–6:30pm Eastern Time

 (3 sessions)

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Basic Beading

Jewel City Beads @ 3820 Ocean View Blvd, Montrose, CA

Discover the art of creating stunning bracelets, necklaces, and earrings using a variety of beautiful beads and essential jewelry tools. Unleash your creativity and join us to master the craft of beading. All skill levels are welcome.

Wednesday, Feb 21st, 1–3pm Pacific Time

Chan Luu-Style Leather Wrapped Bracelet

Santa Monica College @ 1900 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

Learn to make leather wrapped bracelets like the ones designed by jewelry artist Chan Luu. Pick up tips and techniques for using different sizes of beads, silk thread, and leather cord, and find out how to make a special button closure. Give your bracelet an elegant or rustic appearance, and make it a single, double, or triple wrap around your wrist for a great look! Beginning and intermediate students are welcome.  All tools provided...

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The Art of Bead Knotting on Silk Cord

Santa Monica College @ 1227 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA

Learn the ins and outs of knotting pearls and other beads. Find out how to string beads and attach clasps when working with silk cord, and how to use knots to create "floating" designs. You'll have a choice of beads, and create a beautiful knotted necklace to take home. Bring to class a small towel, sharp scissors, and a ruler. Materials fee at class includes knotting tweezers. Please Note: This class also has a $25 materials fee that will be collected...

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Bead & Jewelry Basics

Santa Monica College @ 1227 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA

Earrings! Bracelets! Necklaces! Learn to make them all—and do easy repairs—in this hands-on basic jewelry workshop. We’ll cover stringing beads on various types of wire and cord, attaching clasps, wire-wrapping and looping, pearl knotting, bead weaving, and basic chain maille. You’ll complete two pieces of jewelry each week, and take home detailed instructions for future projects. Be prepared to purchase some jewelry tools in class at...

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Strands + Connections with Wild Lustre

Makers Mess @ 602 N Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA

Bronwyn Leslie of Wild Lustre will be in the studio for the workshop "Strands + Connections." Beading with Bronwyn involves learning beginning beading techniques where students will learn how to make a beaded collar energy shield, which is adjustable as a necklace. Q&A Q: Are materials provided?  A: Yes, materials are provided unless stated otherwise in the class description.

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Bracelet and Earrings with Felted Beads

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, IL

Learn the art of creating personalized jewelry with woolen felt beads at a renowned botanical garden. Get inspired by the stories of a knitter, shepherd, and small business owner while designing your own unique bracelet and earrings set. All supplies and tools were provided.

Wednesday, Mar 20th, 6–9pm Central Time

Beginning Native American Bead Work

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Always wanted to learn to bead? Learn two types of bead weaving and appliqué (embroidery) beading. Design and create three unique projects to take home for Thanksgiving. Supplies will be provided. For supply list, click here

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Basic Beading for Teens

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Let’s design and create some beautiful beaded jewelry! We will learn beginner bead work, jewelry design and color. You will leave with a finished piece of jewelry to wear! Basic jewelry tools will be used.  Note: All supplies are included.

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Polymer Clay Bead Making

Chicago Jewelry and Lapidary Art School @ 231 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

In this polymer clay bead making class you will learn how to make, shape, drill and polish a variety of beads from pre-made polymer clay cane. The series of projects are carefully planned to demonstrate several techniques and explore the limitless possibilities of mixing polymer clay with other media and materials.You will be making 3-5 beads in the class.

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Discover Crystals

Linda Z's Sewing Center @ 1216 E Central Rd, Chicago, IL

Embellishing with Swarovski crystals creates a one-of-a-kind piece that, if it's even available in stores, would be outrageous! Now you can learn to do it easily, beautifully & inexpensively! Note: Kits and supplies to be purchased at the center.

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Virtual Camp - Beading Basics – Jewelry

Dragonfly Designs

Ready to take your first step on your jewelry making journey? In this beginner beading class, get to know the tools of the trade, and all the techniques you need to know to start creating unique, dazzling beaded jewelry from scratch! Students will gain the knowledge and skill to create their own jewelry pieces. This class is a prerequisite for all other jewelry making courses. Projects  Single Strand Bracelet Wrap Bracelet/Necklace Earrings...

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Beadmaking 101: Moretti

Museum of Fine Arts @ 465 Huntington Avenue , Boston, MA

In this introductory class, students will learn how to make beautiful glass beads on a mandrel. After a discussion of studio set-up, safety, and demonstrations our experienced instructors will introduce students to the use of heat and gravity to shape molten glass. You will use soft glass, Moretti, to build these colorful glass pieces.  The class will alternate between demonstrations and plenty of work time. No experience necessary. Return...

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Beadmaking 101: Moretti

Museum of Fine Arts @ 123 Terrace St, Boston, MA

In this introductory class, students will learn how to make beautiful glass beads on a mandrel. After a discussion of studio set-up, safety, and demonstrations our experienced instructors will introduce students to the use of heat and gravity to shape molten glass. You will use soft glass, Moretti, to build these colorful glass pieces. The class will alternate between demonstrations and plenty of work time.  No experience necessary. All materials...

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Traditional Pearl Knotting

Sarapaan Beads & Jewelry @ 265 Washington St, Wellesley, MA

Good way to protect delicate beads from rubbing against each other, preventing the loss of beads should the strand ever break.  Learn how to knot silk/cotton beading thread with beads/findings to create a classic and beautiful necklace with fresh water pearl and/or semi-precious stone beads.

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Color in Motion Mobile

Multiplicity @ 1210 Avenue A, Katy, TX

In this 2 hour Project class, you will learn to: Properly use beading tools  Properly open and close jump rings  Perform basic wire wrapping techniques Shape artistic wire  Attach lengths of chain to wire wrapped beads  Wire wrap beads and shapes to wooden slices  Join all components into three varied lengths  Attach all three lengths to decorative driftwood  Create hanger from artistic wire WORKSHOP...

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Basic Beading

Multiplicity @ 1210 Avenue A, Katy, TX

Basic Beading and Stringing class Studio Rules: Closed-toe shoes required Long hair must be tied back at all times No loose clothing that could get caught in rotary tools

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Inspiration Ring : Metalsmithing Spring Beads

Spring Beads @ 421 Gentry, Houston, TX

Make Earrings and a Ring or just a Ring or just Earrings.... No Two pieces will be alike it's a blank canvas that you design on. Techniques: Forming and Texturing Soldering Bezel Setting Supplies: Ring Kit: $45 Tools: flush cutters filesrawhide hammer flat, round, and chain nose pliers metal shears All tools & supplies are available at Spring Beads; support your local Beads shop!

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Beading Classes Coming Up in Washington, D.C.

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Introduction to Beading

Beadazzled @ 444 West Broad St, Falls Church, VA

Learn about tools and materials. Construct basic earrings with headpins and beads. Create an 18" necklace on cable wire and learn how to finish with crimps. These techniques will launch you confidently into the world of bead stringing and design in just two hours.  Supplies: Basic Class Kit (available at the register) and enough beads in colors and styles you like to fill 18" of cord. Larger beads and a simple design for your first effort...

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Beaded and Bejeweled Mosaic Pendants and Magnets

Seattle Mosaic Arts @ 1325 N 46th St, Seattle, WA

Come create your own beautiful mosaic pendants and bottle cap magnets. Using an amazing adhesive putty called Apoxie Sculpt, you will design directly into your pendant and bottle cap bases. This wonderful product allows for great ease in adhering even the tiniest beads. Use a variety of beads and small tiles to create miniature mosaic treasures. Leave your mini mosaics with us to be grouted and come back in a few days to pick up your masterpieces!...

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DIY Studio: Beaded Wrapped Bracelets

MJCCA @ 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA

In this class, we will use different cords and beads to create a custom piece of jewelry. We will learn the proper technique of beading and how to add beads to your cord. By the end of the class, you will have a beautiful piece of jewelry to take home.  All materials are included.

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Discover the Best Beading Classes Near Me

From unique jewelry to elaborately decorated apparel, beading has endured since prehistoric times. Early examples of naturally punctured stones, seeds, and shells date to as early as 300,000 B.C.E. in Kenya and Turkey. 

Contemporary beads can be made from materials like semi-precious gems, glass, pearls and shells, wood, plastic, metal, and stone. They range from tiny seed beads to distinctive larger shapes and designs. Beading is a popular form of jewelry making, where beads are strung together on a cord or wire to create necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other accessories. Clothing, shoes, bags, and other fashion items can also be decorated with stitched beads.

In many cultures beading is functional. Native American tribes have a long history of using beads to create symbolic patterns on clothing and other items that are used to convey important messages. Beading is a versatile and creative craft that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels.

Why You Should Learn Beading

Beading is a creative outlet that is accessible to anyone. You can work on projects and store your materials in the smallest of spaces, and you need only a simple set of skills to create something truly original. 

Focusing on the intricate patterns and delicate movements required for beading is relaxing and meditative, and it can help you let go of the worries and pressures of everyday life. Beading improves your hand-eye coordination and is often used to help children develop essential fine motor skills and gripping techniques. 

Completing a beading project gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment, and unique beaded jewelry and accessories are an expression of your personal style or a treasured gift. Plus, you’ll connect with newfound friends who share a passion for the craft. You can join beading groups, attend workshops, or participate in online forums to connect with other beading enthusiasts and learn new skills.

Beading artisans sell their work at craft fairs, boutiques, and online shops. You can also teach beadwork to others, or create designs for others to follow. Join a national association like The Bead Society to learn about educational opportunities and connect with other beading enthusiasts.

5 Ways to Learn Beading

It’s not hard to learn the basics of beading, but once you have started you may want to pursue advanced techniques or even create your own unique designs. You can pick up some beads and thread and start beading, but having an experienced instructor makes the process easier. Try one of these avenues to become a master at beading:

  1. Take an in-person class. You can learn from an expert instructor, share your beading journey with other students, and take advantage of having tools and materials on hand.
  2. Enroll in a live online class. You’ll get real-time feedback from an experienced instructor and enjoy the company of remote classmates. Some classes ship beading materials to you, but you may need to provide your own materials.
  3. Watch self-paced, on-demand classes using online videos or tutorials. These are free and widely available, but you won’t have anyone to answer your questions. 
  4. Read a book from a library or bookstore. It’s great to have printed instructions to follow and a book is a great resource no matter where you learn beading. But it can be harder to learn from static photos and printed words, and many people grasp new techniques better when they can watch them being done. 
  5. Ask a local bead crafter to show you how. You can connect with beading enthusiasts at boutiques and craft markets, or ask at a bead store. You may even be able to gain experience as an apprentice in their workshop.

In-Person Beading Classes

When you take an in-person beading class, you enjoy all the benefits of in-person instruction and other makers to enhance and inspire your beading journey. Explore these in-person classes for beading. 

Creative Beadwork and Beyond at 92nd Street Y in NYC explores techniques and stitch combinations to create unique bead, fiber, and wire jewelry. Students should know basic bead stringing and knotting techniques for this class. The instructor will provide projects for beginners, but intermediate students are encouraged to explore their own designs. 92nd Street Y is a cultural and community center for the arts and ideas in NYC. They offer programs, events, and concerts, plus over 4,000 classes taught by talented professionals.

Die Forming Beads at Jewelry Arts Inc in NYC teaches you the ancient art of die-making 

hollow beads. All tools and materials are provided for the class, except for the die which you will need to purchase. Jewelry Arts Inc believes students learn best at their own pace, so they have a team of teachers and no more than five students per teacher. You can advance through your project as you are ready, whether you are a beginner or a more advanced student. All instructors are experienced jewelers and teachers.

Seed Beads at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, New York is a weekend workshop that will get you started on your own beaded journey. You’ll learn five different beginner techniques for beaded applique and create a small beaded accessory like a hair clip, brooch, or small sculpture. You’ll develop skills, styles, and tools to use in continued projects beyond the workshop. Class discussion will also touch on cultural appropriation and appreciation within the vast, international history of beadwork. 

Intro to Beads at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, New York will have you creating their very own wearable beads blown in glass, even if you’re a beginner. Students learn the process of melting colorful glass rods at the torch and how to use a basic set of tools to shape the molten material into their own beads. UrbanGlass was the first artist access glass center in the United States and is now the largest, serving as the primary studio of over 150 artists each year. In addition to the artist access studio, UrbanGlass offers classes, workshops, and intensives for students at every skill level.

DIY Workshop Wire Wrap Earrings at EatMetal, Inc. in Hoboken, New Jersey teaches you how to form and wire wrap beads. You’ll make simple wire forms from sterling silver round wire to create structures to adorn your ears and add semi-precious beads for more sparkle. All tools and materials are included and you get to bring home the bling. EatMetal, Inc offers classes and one-day workshops for small groups, which create an intimate and dynamic learning experience. Students use traditional techniques and contemporary ideas to handcraft precious metals, sterling silver, 18k gold, and combinations of 18k gold with patinated sterling silver. Plus, incorporate colored gemstones and diamonds in various shapes.

Basic Beading at Jewel City Beads in Montrose, California teaches you the skills to make bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. You’ll learn the proper use of jewelry tools and work with your choice of beads. Jewel City Beads carries all kinds of jewelry-making supplies and specializes in high-quality semi-precious gemstone beads, pearls, crystals, bone, and shell beads. If you like making jewelry or want to learn how then this is your place.

Bracelet with Felted Beads at Chicago Botanic Garden in Chicago, Illinois teaches you to design your own one-of-a-kind bracelet with woolen felt beads you create. You’ll use needle and wet felting techniques to make felt beads, choose accent beads, and string them into a bracelet. All supplies and tools are provided. Chicago Botanic Garden is a living museum and conservation science center uniquely situated on 385 acres on and around nine islands, with six miles of lake shoreline. It offers classes on a wide variety of topics.

Beaded Hoop Earrings at Multiplicity in Katy, Texas will show you how to create color patterns and weave wire to create a braided effect for beautiful hoop earrings. In Pearl and Tourmaline Choker at Multiplicity in Katy, Texas you’ll create a show-stopping statement piece with this pearl and tourmaline choker. You’ll learn how to string beadalon wire and how to add a focal bead or charm. Multiplicity offers classes and workshops led by experienced bead and jewelry/metals instructors. They love to inspire students’ creative sides and instill confidence in their ability to learn in a multitude of artistic mediums.

Glass Bead Making at Juggernaut Glass in Houston, Texas is a perfect class for beginners because no experience is needed. You’ll learn to make glass beads by coiling molten glass around stainless steel mandrels. All materials are included. Juggernaut Glass is a community of glass artists and instructors who specialize in lampworking or flameworking, a type of glassblowing. You can learn to work with glass in private or group lessons in a fun and safe environment. 

Virtual Beading Classes 

If there are no in-person beading classes in your area, online classes are a great alternative. You can learn from expert instructors no matter where you are, and you can work on your projects from the comfort of home. Plus, the time you save on commuting is more time for beading. 

You’ll often need to provide tools and materials when taking online beading classes. These are available from many local stores and online suppliers. You’ll need a reliable internet connection and a computer or device with a microphone where you can access your class.

Hammered Earring by EatMetal, Inc. is a live demonstration of how to make hammered metal earrings. You’ll learn how to make a jump ring, forge, solder, make findings, and finish your earrings. There will be an open forum for questions and answers and the instructor will discuss materials and techniques.

Are you ready to take your jewelry creations to market? Brainstorm Your Fashion Business for Adults by M SHOP is a think tank to brainstorm your business ideas with a premier fashion expert. It’s a jam session to flush out whether your ideas make sense and then fine-tune them. Figure out your next move, how much it will cost to start, how to reach consumers, and the best strategies for success. You’ll have fun with your ideas.

Private Group Beading Classes

If you don’t see exactly the class you’re looking for, Coursehorse can create a live online group class for you wherever you are. Private group beading classes are a fun team-building event for your business or a great way to spend time with friends. Making crafts together is an easy icebreaker and a way to get your brain engaged and your creativity flowing. 

In Virtual Polymer Clay Jewelry, you’ll learn the basic techniques to create jewelry out of polymer clay. Your unique jewelry designs can be as simple or as complicated as you want and customized to your taste. This class covers a variety of clay techniques, like rolling out slabs for minimalist-style earrings or crafting beautiful flowers for a keychain or brooch. Each participant will receive a polymer clay jewelry kit that includes 42 vibrant bars of oven-bake molding clay, five sculpting tools, and accessories for making earrings and keychains.

Prepare to craft your own clay beads in Virtual Clay Hand Building. You’ll learn simple pottery hand-building techniques to create a planter or candleholder using air-dry clay that doesn’t require a kiln. This workshop is perfect for a group that likes to be hands-on. Participants will receive all materials needed, including two pounds of professional-grade, air-drying clay and a set of ceramic clay tools that includes a modeling tool, a ribbon tool, a loop tool, a potter's rib, a wire clay cutter, a metal scraper, a needle tool, and a sponge.

Virtual Dot Mandala Painting teaches you how to create your very own dot mandala designs. Dot painting originated from aboriginal Australia and a mandala in Sanskrit means a circle representing the universe. Dot mandalas are an easy way to get started on the ancient art form. It's relaxing and meditative, which helps to awaken your intuition and creativity. Your instructor will guide you step-by-step through the process so that even novice painters will gain new skills and a beautiful piece of art. This private, interactive workshop led by a professional artist and instructor includes a dot mandala tool set, craft acrylic paints, and four-by-four-inch canvas boards. You can add a bottle of wine for each participant for an additional $30.

If you don’t see the course you’re looking for, Coursehorse can create a beading class just for you. Contact them through the Contact Us button on their website. Booking a class with Coursehorse is easy. Just estimate your group size, pay the minimum deposit, and secure your date. You can let them know your final group size up to one week before your class date. You can customize your event further for a $150 fee by adding games, requesting specific questions or a themed game, or adding another event with materials included.

CourseHorse recommends using the Zoom platform for your class, but they can accommodate Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx. Many courses can even come to your office or home space if you’d like.

What Will I Need to Learn Beading?

You just need a basic set of tools to get started beading, but if you try to make do with tools you have around the house it will probably lead to frustration. Invest in a few good quality tools to make your beading experience easier and more fun. The must-have tools you need to get started creating your own beautiful jewelry and beading projects include:

  • A Beading Needle
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round-Nose Pliers
  • Flat-Nose Pliers
  • Crimping Pliers
  • A Ruler/Tape Measure
  • A Bead Organizer
  • Adhesive, such as the E-6000

Next, you need materials to hold your beads together. You’ll probably want a variety of options to suit the project you are making, whether that’s earrings, a necklace, or a decorated pouch. Some of the beading materials you’ll need include:

  • Beading Cord
  • Memory Wire
  • Beading Wire
  • Beading Thread
  • Earwires
  • Clasps and toggles
  • Headpins and Eyepins

Finally, the part you’re waiting for. Not only is it necessary to have the right beading materials and tools, you are going to need some beads. Picking out beads is part of the fun of jewelry-making and developing your unique style. Beads can be grouped based on different criteria, like material, shape, production, process or treatment, origin, smooth or faceted surface pattern, or grade. As you gain experience working with beads you’ll probably develop a preference for certain styles. Some of the types of beads include:

  • Crimp Beads
  • Glass Beads that are matte, glossy, pressed, crystal, crackled, and more
  • Ceramic Beads
  • Firepolish Beads
  • Gemstones
  • Crystalove Crystals
  • Matubo Beads
  • Natural Pearls and Shells
  • Seed Beads and Bugle Beads
  • Wooden Beads
  • Cabochons
  • Lampwork Beads

Is it Difficult to Learn Beading?

Beading is both simple enough for a child to learn and complex enough to create fine works of art. If you struggle with finger dexterity or fine motor coordination you might find beading difficult. Working with very small elements like seed beads also requires good vision. Some people like to work with a lighted magnifier to make the close-up work easier on their eyes. With practice, almost anyone can enjoy beading and express their creativity in beautiful jewelry and accessories. 

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