Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wild Wire Women Retreat: Day 3

It's the end of Day 3 for us, and, as always a bittersweet feeling accompanies the last supper, the last sip of Tuaca, the last laughs of a weekend filled with fond memories and much laughter. We also made lots of jewelry and learned many new techniques in wirework and torch-fired enamel jewelry making.
The picture above shows the bracelets we made during the Silver Sampler Bracelet workshop—obviously we used copper wire!—which included a variety of techniques: hook & eye clasps, coil-wrapped beads, tapered worm beads, heart links, twisted wire jump rings, and more. It's an intensive, full-day workshop, but we also managed to fit in...
...torch-fired enamel jewelry, including enameled headpins and multicolored cage beads! What a blast. I mean this literally, because we had to open the windows to the studio to let in some fresh air, and it came in with a blast! We're having some very cold weather just now. But what fun to form our own cage beads with heavy-gauge wire and roll them in a variety of different colored enamels, torch-fire them, and enjoy our own creativity.
This project is also featured in my latest book, Arty Jewelry IV.
I am so proud of my students, who were fearlessly creative and threw themselves into their arty explorations with such abandon! And they made some truly gorgeous jewelry. What nice ladies they are, too. I will miss them very much!
Happy wrapping,


Jenni said...

Love the enamel cage gorgeous with their varying color...and tapered worm beads ......intriguing! I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the work of your retreat. Your students all did such wonderful work.

KayzKreationz said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time all 3 days. The jewelry produced looks wonderful. I'm so wanting to try to figure out how to make the caged beads so I can try enameling some. They all did great work.