Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Workshops in Alpena this weekend!

I'm really excited to let you all know that I will be traveling to Alpena, Michigan this weekend (Aug. 28-29) to teach two incredible full-day workshops at Art in the Loft.
Saturday's workshop is called the Grateful Heart Necklace and includes a ton of techniques that result in a spectacular showpiece necklace (pictured above). In this class you will learn to work with heavy-gauge wire to make a beautiful pendant, forged and textured, with elegant wire-wrapped tendrils that are used to suspend the pendant from a necklace of handmade links and bead wraps.
Students of all skill levels are welcome to attend this workshop, and the finished piece looks just as good in copper as it does in sterling silver wire, so please don't hesitate to join us. We anticipate small classes this time due to the economy, so it's an excellent opportunity to receive lots of one-on-one attention in a beautiful art space. If you've never been to Art in the Loft, you don't want to miss it!

Sunday's workshop is called the Autumn Dance, and it can be used to make a beautiful pendant (pictured above), or a necklace (pictured below). The necklace would take a really long time to finish, but I promise you that everyone will be successful at this if they take the class. You'll get a really good start on it, have a shaped and forged wire frame and several beads, pearls, etc. wire-wrapped in place before you leave.
Another option is to make a gorgeous cuff-style bracelet like the one pictured below. It's heavy, so perhaps you'll be smarter than I was and use smaller beads to make your bracelet. In any case, I'm going to show everything you need to know in order to make either a pendant, a full collar necklace, or a bracelet. If time allows, I'll also show how to make a brooch using this same technique.
We still have plenty of room available in both workshops and you can choose to attend either one, the other, or both! We'd love to see you there. For a signup sheet, click here.
Happy wrapping,


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