Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Final Class at Monica's for 2011

So this is it, my final class for 2011 to be held at Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations in Palm Desert. The "Silver Sampler" bracelet is a full-day workshop taking place tomorrow from 10 am to 4 pm. We will cover a whole bunch of techniques and learn several wire links and bead wraps that can be used in various jewelry pieces such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and the like.
With silver at over $36 a troy ounce (today), I suggest making your bracelet with dead-soft copper wire or something similar. I'm bringing only copper wire to teach my class. No beads required... although you could use some in your bracelet if you'd like to.
In class, we'll make:
Coil-wrapped beads
Double-coil wrapped beads
Heart links
Hook & eye clasp
Jump rings
Pendant dependent links
Worm beads
Double-spiral links
In short, all the fundamentals of wire jewelry 101 will be covered in detail! I hope you like the workshop. To access the supply list, click here.
To register for the class, call Monica's at 760-772-2400.
Happy wrapping,

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Class at Monica's Tomorrow

I'm finally back from Bead Fest Santa Fe (which was so much fun!) and ready to take on the two remaining workshops I have scheduled at Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations in Palm Desert.
First, my Worm Bead bracelet pictured above. It's scheduled for tomorrow, from 10 am to 4 pm, and includes twisting fine gauge wire, making wire-wrapped worm beads, bead dangles on headpins, and handmade jump rings. I'll show you how to make a cool clasp, too.
If you'd like to take this workshop, Monica has the supply list; please note that the bracelet looks great in copper wire as well as the sterling silver wire pictured. Register by calling 760-772-2400.
On March 24 I'm scheduled to teach the Silver Sampler bracelet pictured above. Of course, it can also be made using copper wire and still looks great at a fraction of the cost! Learn to make a double-coil wrapped bead, worm bead (slightly different from the worm beads we make in the class held tomorrow), heart links, Greek spiral links, jump rings, hook clasp, and more. A very full day packed with techniques, appropriate for all skill levels. I hope you can come! Monica has a supply list at the store.
To register, call 760-772-2400.
Happy wrapping,

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Packing for BeadFest Santa Fe

This weekend it's all about packing for BeadFest Santa Fe next week. I'm so thrilled to be returning to my favorite city in the US! Santa Fe is a gorgeous art town, and everyone I've met there has been incredibly enthusiastic about the arts.
All of my classes have some openings, so if you'd like to join us and take a class, by all means please do! On March 10 I'm teaching the Embellished Copper Washer Bracelet (pictured above), which is not featured in any of my books or DVDs. We make every single wire component by hand, and use copper washers from Harbor Freight that we hand-forge and texture with our hammers. By the way, I just checked the Harbor Freight web site and they have the package of 110 assorted copper washers on sale for $6.99 plus shipping! By all means, stock up.
The Santa Fe Bracelet pictured above is another all-day class that I'll be offering on March 11. It looks simple, but there's a lot to learn from this one. We'll make three or four coil-wrapped beads and a very sturdy handmade hook clasp. Then we'll make the wire knot links featured in the bracelet. Put it together with our without jump rings—everything depends on the length needed to fit a bracelet to your wrist—and add a counterweight bead dangle near the clasp. I'm bringing my Makita drill so if time permits we'll make twisted-wire jump rings too!
The Fisherman's Catch Necklace pictured above is a real favorite. Once you learn the freeform knotless netting technique, you'll be addicted to it! Take the plainest beads in your stock and turn them into knockout focal pieces in any necklace or bracelet you make... We'll also make twisted-wire jump rings and simple bead connectors to form a necklace. I'll bring samples of other jewelry pieces so that you can see some of the possibilities this design presents. Class is held on March 12.
On March 13 I'm offering two half-day classes: the Squiggly Wrap Bangle (pictured above) and Angel's Earrings (pictured below). Learn to make a beautiful wire squiggly that can enhance bangle bracelets, necklace components, or even beads for earrings. It's really fun. I'm also teaching a simple hook clasp for the bangle (not pictured).
I'll wrap up my week in Santa Fe with this final half-day class on March 13: Angel's Earrings. Make bead dangles, double-coil-wrapped components, an interesting spiral component, and your own handmade ear-hooks. This earring, as well as all the other jewelry pieces featured, can be made beautifully in copper wire as well as sterling silver. All classes are geared for all levels, so if you're a beginner by all means come on out for a class.
We'll be going out for margaritas afterward, and everyone is welcome!
Happy wrapping,

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Just Updated My Workshop Schedule

I just updated my Web site ( with a new workshop schedule, including several new dates for my Wild Wire Women retreats this spring and summer. You can find my latest schedule by clicking here.
My blog created especially for WWW retreats can be accessed here:
I'm also teaching next week in Santa Fe, New Mexico! I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it. Santa Fe is one of my very favorite cities, certainly in the US. It's a gorgeous art town, with amazing art galleries (all types of art, not just southwest), and the food is delicious. BeadFest is hosting the show and workshops, which take place March 10-13. If you were thinking about coming out for it, my classes still have openings. Just go to my workshop schedule and scroll down to see all of my offerings: schedule
I'd love to see you there. Be sure to stop by at meet the teachers night to say hello. If you have any of my books or DVDs on hand, bring them and I'll sign them for you. I will NOT have kits or supplies or books or DVDs to sell at BeadFest, unfortunately. But most of my students already have their own copies anyway. Be sure to bring yours for a free signing!
Happy wrapping,