Friday, July 25, 2008

Fruits of Our Labors

After working hard all day on our jewelry components, here at last is a sampling of the fruits of our labors!
Mary, Sandi, Gayle, Debra, Rita, and I participated in the 10 Trippy Tricks 1 workshop today, learning the intricacies of 10 different bead wraps and wire links for jewelry making. We made S-clasps with and without wire-wrapped beads, worm beads, zigzag wraps, jump rings, easy links, simple S-links, caged beads, and much more. Afterward I set up my EZ-Cube photo studio and shot this image featuring some of our finished jewelry components.
The objective of this class is not to make a finished jewelry piece such as a necklace or bracelet, but to learn how to work with our tools (pliers, cutters, hammers), wire and beads in a classy and sophisticated way. We worked on flush-cutting wire properly, forging and texturing techniques with a variety of different hammers, measuring wire accurately, and handling our tools.
The result speaks for itself, I think: creative, durable, wearable jewelry components that are beautifully finished and ready to use in a future design.
Tomorrow morning we'll switch gears and use shrink plastic, high-quality metallic paints, and rubber stamps to make beautiful "Faux Metals" charms. After lunch we'll pull out our wire and tools again to make some new links and bead dangles for a Faux Metals necklace. Tune in tomorrow night to see a new post featuring some of our best efforts!

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