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Class dates will be from Oct 2 through Dec 6, 2015.
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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.
What else you'll get when you take an online class with me:
As a pioneer in online jewelry making classes, I strive to make sure my workshops are of the highest quality. They include highly detailed jewelry making videos that you'll be able to watch as many times as you like; no driving, no airfare, no hotels and no schlepping your heavy stuff! You’ll have continual access to my classroom. Like to work in your jammies?...the videos will be at hand…a click away…any time of day or night, for you to view as many times as you want. One of the most important, and enjoyable, aspects of my online classes is the private social media site I provide. You'll have the ability to post photos of your work, chat with other students, post questions and get the answers you need. My workshops are fluid, work-at-your-own-pace classes with a friendly, classroom atmosphere.
To see what previous students have graciously said about my classes, please click HERE!
Important: I accept Paypal payments only. Please make sure that your Paypal email address is the one you would like the classroom password sent to. Make sure your full name is included in your paypal payment information. Also, add my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org to your email address book to allow my emails to come through.
Due to the online nature of this class, no refunds once your registration is complete and you're provided the class password.
Start: Oct. 2, 2015
End: Dec. 6, 2015
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 begin on Sept. 21 and run through Nov. 1, 2015.
Your Paypal payment registers you into this class. After registration, I'll email you a username and password for the classroom. You should receive it within 3 days of registration.
Important! Make sure to add my email to your email address book so my emails will come through. If you do not hear from me, please check your spam/junk folder. If you don't see my email with the log on information, contact me via email: email@example.com, my website, or facebook. If you have not received the log on information within 3 days, and it's not in your spam email folder, that means your server/firewall has rejected it. You may have to use an alternate email address (gmail works well) or recruit someone on your end to help.
Once you log into the classroom, you will be able to access the tools and supplies list and watch a few intro videos.
There will be an online group site for you to post questions, photos, comments and chat with each other and with me.
Artistic integrity is an important matter...please be mindful:
Sharing of log-on information and/or class material with anyone who hasn't paid full price for the class is unethical and is not allowed. Please don't share. By registering for this class, you agree to this and to the copyright terms listed on my sites. Classes and class material, online or otherwise, my not be reproduced or taught in any venue, in whole or in part. Please do not share passwords or class material with anyone who has not paid the full fee for the right to access the site or information. Sharing with unauthorized individuals is considered stealing.
All works of art, jewelry and photographs within this website are protected under U.S. copyright laws and international conventions. No portion of the artists' works or statements may be duplicated, downloaded, reproduced or altered in any way.
Designs from this class are the sole property of Deryn Mentock and may not be duplicated for profit. Techniques from this class may be used in any way you like.
What my students have said:
Diane: Could this class get any better??????
Julie: I couldn't have said it any better about what this class has done for me! It has been absolutely wonderful and exactly what I needed to get out of my comfort zone and also to sort of set myself in a design/style direction.
Pollyanna: This course is at a very high level of learning. It goes way beyond merely copying a project or even learning new techniques (although there are lots of good ones here). Deryn is masterfully pushing us to learn some quite complex ideas & principles and apply them in our own unique ways!
Melissa: You are a wonderful teacher. I was a professional trainer for 10 years before I became a stay home mom and began my business in jewelry making. It was a natural transition for me to teaching jewelry. It is rare to find REALLY good instructors and you would certainly be among them.
Leigh: Thank you so very much, Deryn! This class was truly amazing. I always feel like my design and level of craftsmanship grow when I am pushed out of my comfort zone. You have managed to do this for me. You are a wonderful teacher!