First was Monday night's WireLace Floating Flower, a pin made with WireLace, Crystal Clay, crystals, and head pins. WireLace is a ribbon woven with very fine wire of brass, copper, or aluminum bonded with an enamel coating. I had been curious about the product, so I figured it would be a good idea to take a class from the innovator, Linda Hartung. We had a fun time and walked out of class with a finished flower.
|Here is my finished flower pin.|
|Here are some of the other flowers that Linda made as examples.|
|Bracelets made with WireLux, another of Linda and Tim's products. More about this later.|
On Tuesday, I took Soldering 1-2-3 with the talented and ever-patient Gwen Youngblood. This class taught us to cut, stamp, texture, and solder metal as we made two pendants of copper and silver. Thanks to Gwen, I conquered my fear of torches and walked out of class with two finished pendants.
Unfortunately, I had so much fun in class that I forgot to take any photos but you can visit Gwen's website at Metal Art Lab to see more of her classes.
Wednesday brought the Prong-Set Enameled Earrings class with Kim St. Jean.
My favorite of Kim's many samples of her work.
Thanks to Gwen's solid instructions in using a torch, I was more comfortable with fire and finished 1 pair of earrings.
Wednesday night was the ever-popular Meet The Teachers, where I spent a lot of time catching up with friends and admiring a lot of lovely jewelry. I couldn't resist taking a photo part of the line for admission.
Thursday was the Soutache and Bead Embroidery Cuff taught by Amee K Sweet-McNamara, otherwise known as Amee Runs With Scissors.
One of Amee's more colorful pieces of soutache jewelry
We did a lot of learning but didn't actually get very far with our motifs.
Friday was back to the 1970's (in spirit) as I spent the day in Joan Babcock's Introduction to Micro-Macrame. Although I joke about back to the 1970's, Joan's work is definitely up-to-date and we had a lot of fun learning our knots. My camera was broken by now but you can see some of Joan's gorgeous work at her website: Joan Babcock Designs.
So that was it for the classes this year. Tomorrow I will share my goodies from shopping.