Saturday, August 30, 2008

Wire Jewelry Workshop a Great Success!

I had the best time teaching today at Brea Bead Works!
My popular "Faux Metals" necklace workshop is a full day of fun using artist-grade Polyshrink plastic, Lumiere metallic paints, deep-etched rubber stamps, and a heat gun to make some very cool charms. We also used 16ga copper wire to create easy S-links, sturdy jump rings, and a hook clasp for a necklace. We used headpins and small beads to make bead dangles, which add a sparkly touch to this eye-catching necklace.
Although my students' results were quite professional (the earrings pictured above were made by a student in class), this workshop is one of my easiest classes. Everybody had a great time and I thoroughly enjoyed the day.
I am kinda bummed about one thing. When I returned home to Idyllwild, I called my mother to let her know that I had arrived safely and she told me that I had missed an incredible rainstorm with huge thunderclouds and even hail. For a few hours, the gentle stream behind her house became a roaring river, and I'm so sorry I missed that...
Oh well, with autumn just around the corner, I have a few more storms to look forward to. It's been very hot and sticky here in Idyllwild, and I'm more than ready for a change. Meanwhile, I have a Wild Wire Women Retreat to prepare for—September 4-8—and I'm looking forward to meeting my five students. I still have two openings in the retreat slated for October 30-November 3, and four openings in my December 11-15 retreat.
I've also posted new retreat dates for 2009 on my workshop schedule, and I hope you can make plans to join us sometime. Students of all skill levels are welcome to attend!

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