Saturday, December 3, 2011

Wild Wire Women Retreat: Day 2

Day Two was very productive for all of us, as you can see by the photo above featuring the treasure-trove of jewelry we made! Pins and pendants with wire embellishment, knotless netting, beads & pearls, and lots of creativity...
I was thrilled to capture this photo of Kellie, actually filing a piece of jewelry she made. She likes to tell people that she never files her wire jewelry, but she does, and I've got the photo to prove it!
Kellie also has a store and she teaches tons of classes. Visit her Web site here: http://www.kelliesbeadboutique.com
Above you can see a closeup photo of Kellie's beautiful wire embellished pendant. A similar piece that I call the Silver Swirl Stick Pin is featured in my latest book, Arty Jewelry IV.
Here's a picture of Susan, proudly holding up her finished knotless-netted pendant...
And Stephanie, displaying her beautiful pendant as well.
The photo above shows just how talented Stephanie is: She not only made a gorgeous wire stick-pin, she also designed and made the lampwork bead (embellished with a starfish) adorning it. And here's good news: She sells her beads! Check out her Web site here: http://www.stephaniebeads.com
Ivy played lounge lady while we all worked really hard all day!
Amongst many other techniques explored in class today, Susan tried her hand at torch-fired enameling. She's now addicted to making her own enameled headpins (as am I).
The photo above shows all three pendants made today with knotless netting. Great job, ladies!
And here is Susan's stick pin which can also be worn as a pendant. I'm so proud of my students.
Stephanie had a little time on her hands this afternoon, so she made a second stick pin. The incredible lampwork bead you see here is her own creation.
After a long day working in the studio, we all went out to dinner at Arriba's Mexican Restaurant. Some of us started with a generous bowl of Abundigas soup.
Stephanie's about to dig into an enormous plate of yummyness!
And look at that grilled burrito... I ate half of it and that's the best I could do.
We returned home rather late, but naturally we had to finish off our adventures with another jewelry photography session. This time I gave the photo styling over to Stephanie, who did a fantastic job, don't you think?
Be sure to tune in tomorrow for Day 3 of our Wild Wire Women retreat!
Happy wrapping,
Sharilyn

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