Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Filming in Loveland

Here I am in Loveland, Colorado, at the film studio at Interweave Press.
We're shooting a 60-minute video on DVD to be packaged in my book, Contemporary Copper Jewelry. My book sales are doing very well and the publishers thought it would be a nice added-value to package future copies with a DVD that goes into some of the details of how to make jewelry with copper wire and beads.
You can get your copy of my book with DVD this November... I'll post a message the day it's released!
Here's my capable crew, from left: Garrett Evans, video studio manager, who ran the entire production of the shoot and manned one camera; Rachel Link, producer, who manned one camera and did a lot of other stuff; Rebecca Campbell, managing editor, who watched the taping on screen and helped with suggestions for placement within the frame, and also did a lot of other stuff!
What a great team—everybody was thoroughly professional and very nice to work with as well. We had a great time together and I'll always appreciate them.
On the camera at right you can see an image of Johnny Depp. They used this image to help keep my attention where it belonged, on the main camera. Needless to say, it worked!
After the video shoot I had an on-camera interview with Tricia Waddell, acquisitions editor and good friend. I worked with Tricia on two of my books published by F&W Media (Rubber Stamped Jewelry and the bestselling Bead on a Wire), and I really appreciated her kindness and professionalism. When she moved to Interweave Press a few years ago I wanted to work with her again, so I approached her with the idea of a book on using copper wire to make jewelry.
The rest is history... and we now have a terrific book to be very proud of. Contemporary Copper Jewelry came out last September and has sold almost 15,000 copies to date! If you're interested in purchasing a copy, click here. But keep in mind, it won't have a DVD packaged with it until they release the new version of the book this fall.
Interweave Press is also sponsoring a wonderful wire jewelry retreat in southern California this October: Weekend with the Wire Masters. Altogether 10 wire "masters" will be present to offer numerous workshops on using wire to make beautiful and unusual jewelry. I hope to see you there!
Happy wrapping,

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Weekend with the Wire Masters!

The folks at Interweave Press are sponsoring a wonderful teaching event in Southern California this October 28-31:
Featuring 10 experienced "master" wire artists and teachers, this event is sure to be very popular. If I wasn't teaching all four days myself, I would love to take some of the workshops offered by Connie Fox, Susan Lenart Kazmer, Dallas Lovett, and more.
My own teaching schedule is as follows:
Colorful Tribal Necklace (pictured above)
Thursday 9 am to 4 pm
Mixed-Metals Bracelet
Friday 9 am to 4 pm
Ethnic Coin Necklace
Saturday 9 am to 4 pm
Basket of Eggs Ring
Sunday 9 am to 1 pm
Registration opens April 20, so I urge everyone to take a look at the site, scroll through all the class offerings, and make a list of your first and second choices.
You can book your hotel room anytime; the discounted rate of $142 a night is way below the regular nightly rate of $309 (listed as such on both and
You need a group code (click here) to get this special room rate.
I hope to see some of you there!
Happy wrapping,

Monday, April 5, 2010

House is finally clean, now it's time for another class!

It seems to take a week to recover from a Wild Wire Women retreat. I love doing these retreats—they are my favorites—but afterward comes the endless loads of laundry, the vacuuming, remaking the beds, and cleaning up and reorganizing the workshop.
It takes a week. What can I say?
So now I'm fully rested up and ready to teach another great class over at Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations in Palm Desert: the Fisherman's Catch necklace. This is a really beautiful wire-working technique suitable for all skill levels, and it can be done in copper wire to save money on materials. If you have some big gorgeous beads you've been dying to embellish and make into a stunning neckpiece, why don't you join us this Thursday at Monica's?
To see the supply list, click here.
To register, call the store: 760-772-2400.
Monica's has a great classroom and a wonderful selection of beads to choose from. If you have a quilting friend, bring her along so she can shop for gorgeous batik fabrics while you make a beautiful necklace! The workshop is on April 8 from 10 am to approximately 5 pm. Busy, full of technique, but lots of fun and (I promise you), this technique is not difficult to learn.
I hope to see you there!
Happy wrapping,