Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Earring Finding Class

I will be teaching an earring finding class at Bead Paradise on Saturday, August 21st.

I was tired of having the same old, store bought earring findings for all my work. Now that I know how to make my own, I believe my earrings stand out more. I will still buy some of the niobium ear wires though, the bronze colored ones go great with some of my BronzClay stuff.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Sonata Ring

Yesterday I took a fun, short class on wire wrapping rings at Bead Q. My dear friends Mary Ann and Deb also took the class. We started out using copper to practice with - I had no idea how easy this is.

For the practice ring, I used the bronze Art Wire in 24 gauge for the coil and 18 gauge bare copper wire for the base. I had a great vintage bead from a necklace my great aunt gave me to take apart.

For this beauty, I used 24 gauge wire for the coil and 20 gauge for the base. Deb gave me the gorgeous bead from a strand that she bought at Bead Q - I made the coil part right before I left on this one. When I got home it took me no more than 5 minutes to complete it! Well, then it took a couple minutes more to dip it in LOS and clean up with steel wool. Guess what I'll be making more of?!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Industrial Chic Contest

Susan Lenart Kazmer is having a reader challenge using her new Industrial Chic components that are being carried at Michaels - I just saw it on her blog Objects and Elements today. The deadline was at 5:00. I think I submitted my entry at 4:50 - I hope it got there in time!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Art by the Falls

This morning we are going to set up my tent at Art by the Falls. This is my favorite show. I'm bummed that the forecast is calling for rain both days, but I will keep my fingers crossed and hope that it holds off or just misses us like in years past.

Here are just a few pics of what to expect: