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Spellbound by the allure of a glittering vintage rhinestone paste brooch or an antique buckle? Want to work magic with that unique lock or old metal flower? In this workshop, I'll help you transform your treasured vintage and found objects into a beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.
If you've ever struggled with design or felt your pieces just don't "work," this is the class for you. Design is one of my very favorite aspects of jewelry making and is essential to beautiful pieces. I'll walk you through my creative process in a thoughtful, in depth way and show you how I relate each element together harmoniously into a spellbinding composition. Your learning experience will be enhanced by several "Design Challenge" projects. For each of the first six weeks of class, you'll be challenged to complete a successful design based on a design element prompt. At the end of each Design Challenge week, I'll hold a live Facebook chat to discuss that week's prompt. I can't wait to see what you come up with!
While this class is heavy on design, interspersed throughout will be plenty of "Technique Essentials." We’ll be covering lots of techniques including numerous methods of cold connection and exploring many ways to work with found objects. You'll be using your own unique objects as I show you various ways to modify them and work them into your jewelry designs. There are so many little tips and tricks tucked away in this class that I can't possibly tell you all of them, but here are a few of the things we'll be doing:
- drilling through metal, bone, mother of pearl, shell and stone
- cold attachments with rivets, wire and eyelets
- working with a butane torch
- bead stringing
- crimping, three ways
- working with vintage rhinestone clasps
Sprinkled throughout the workshop you'll find my "Focus on Focals" videos. Each one focuses on working with a particular found object. These are some truly fun projects which include:
- working with vintage rhinestone jewelry
- transfer image onto a vintage leather coin purse
- my unique image transfer onto chandelier crystals
- found object tassels
- working with a fabric focal
- design, design, design...
This is an online class unlike any other class I teach and I'm so excited to offer it to you! I hope you'll join me and discover The Alchemy of Objects.
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Start: Feb. 14, 2014
End: April 20, 2014
The workshop will run for just over two months on my private classroom site. Videos will be posted over the first six weeks of class. One "Design Challenge" will be posted each week, along with other accompanying videos. At the end of each week (as my travel schedule allows) I'll hold a live facebook chat to discuss the design element of the weekly challenge.
Once the videos are posted, students will be able to view them at any time. This means you can work in your jammies at three in the morning, if you like! I will be available the entire duration of the workshop for questions and troubleshooting. PDF's of the tools/supplies list will be provided after registration.
Registration will remain open until April 6th. After registration, I'll email you a username and password for the classroom. You should receive it within 3 days of registration. Once in the classroom, you will be able to access the tools and supplies list and watch a few intro videos. I will also email you an invitation to our Yahoo group and our Flickr group.
There will be an online group site for you to post questions, photos, comments and chat with each other and with me.