Well, it's Sunday night and that means the end of another unforgettable weekend retreat with three "Wild Wire Women" who traveled a long distance to learn some new jewelry making skills. The Ethnic Coin Necklace pictured above was made by Jackie.
The two Metallo del Fiore bangle bracelets pictured above were made by sisters Jackie (left) and Ronnie. The bangle pictured below was made by Jody. Don't you just love the vintage buttons they used in their bangles!
Pictured below you can see Jody's Ethnic Coin Necklace, which features textured coins, copper tack rivets, heavy-gauge twisted wire jump rings, coil-wrapped eye-pin loop links, and figure-8 links. You can't really see the textured copper tubing beads she made as well, but they show up in another photo.
Jackie and Ronnie made beautiful fold-formed earrings, with handmade ear wires. We explored fold forming on our first day, followed by the Metallo del Fiore bangle bracelet, and we made ear wires plus tons and tons of wire links and knotless netted rocks today.
Yesterday was devoted to the Ethnic Coin Necklace, including textured copper tubing beads. The necklace below (with a knotless netted rock) was made by Ronnie.
I taught lots of different wire links today, including three different ear wires, Celtic knot links, coil-wrapped beads, caged beads, knotless netting, jump rings, and more. It was quite a day! Below you can see the beginnings of my found-object necklace, which needs a few more links and a clasp before I can artificially age it in liver of sulfur.
We all learned so much over the weekend, it's difficult to grasp what we've accomplished in just three days. We also ate (a lot!) great food and had a good time getting to know each other. I thoroughly enjoyed this weekend's retreat and I'm sorry it's almost over now.
My next retreat will be held the last weekend of August and there are three openings available. If you're interested in attending, please email me quickly and I'll get you some information.