Tuesday night, I took the Steampunk Trellis Pendant class with Irina Miech, which turned out to be not what I expected. I thought that we would be using the wire looping technique to make the base of the pendant, but Irina had a neat cheat.
Steampunk Trellis Pendant and Niobium Flower Ring
Moonlight Madness started right after class, so I wandered over to the shopping event to say hello to people. I actually bought some crocodile leather-it was just so dinosaur-y that I couldn't pass it up. I also bought a cute pair of flowers from Stephanie Sersich to make a pair of earrings.
Australian crocodile leather
Wednesday, I had a day-long class with Maria Richmond as we made Riffing on a Zipper, which taught us how to wire wrap zippers onto wire. Maria is a great teacher and we had a lot of fun. I am not finished with my pendant because I hit a wall with it's design but I intend to finish it once I can use my hands again. Wednesday night was Meet the Teachers, where I got to say hello to lots of friends.
Riffing on a Zipper
Thursday, I had a short class with Marti Brown where we learned to make a niobium flower ring. As usual, playing with niobium was such fun! Then the shopping floor opened at 4pm and I was busy for the next 4 hours. The main mission was to buy beads to cover a stuffed frog toy.
Froggy is surveying some of the beads that might adorn him soon. I didn't have the heart to tell him that they all won't fit on him.
Friday, I got to spend a few minutes with Kelly Stevenson of Back2Bead and his lovely wife Alicia. Although they have many tempting beads, I was good and only bought these etched daggers.
Etched daggers from Back2Bead
I also did my first wire crochet demonstration session at the ParaWire booth. I needed earrings, so I have been obsessed with crocheting the smaller gauges of wire.
One pair of wire crochet earrings
Another pair of wire crochet earrings
I also stopped at Trinket Foundry booth to see Cathy's new recycled glass with silver metal clay. Sadly, the earring pieces were quite popular, but I managed to find 2 shapes that went together. Who says that earrings have to match?
Recycled glass with silver clay decoration
Saturday morning, I took the Painted Pendants class with Eva Sherman-what a treat! I learned how to fold a sheet of copper so that it looked like crumpled paper, cut it into shapes, add enamel and fire it with a torch, and mount our creations into frames. I really liked this class and Eva is a great teacher.
A folded sheet of copper (top) and 3 finished pendants (bottom)
In the afternoon, I did a second wire crochet demonstration at the ParaWire booth.
Wire crochet earrings with pearls.
I also discovered a new tool at the ParaWire booth. I have been thinking about buying a few texturing hammers. My metal friends swear by the Fretz hammers, but I don't do enough metal and wire work to justify spending that kind of money...but I do want to do some metal texturing. This hammer with multiple texturing heads looked like a good way to get a number of heads for a decent price, especially since it feels balanced when you use it. I played with it a bit in the booth and can't wait to explore what it can do.
My haul from ParaWire
My friend Akiko Nomura surprised me with a pair of Ninja socks and some cute stickers from Japan.
Then it was out to dinner with friends on Saturday night before I headed back to the hotel to pack.