Monthly Archives: July 2008

Lots of new techniques

I have been trying to get things ready for my open house on Friday and Saturday of this week. I have been working on a few different techniques and the results have been kind of fun. I just wanted to try something different for a little bit.

I call these two “CHAOS” because that is what they are. The first is made with copper sheet and beads and sterling wire. The second is copper, sterling, Swarovski crystals and Fancy Jasper cubes.

These next two are inspired by Kathy Frey. I was just playing around with some shorter lengths of wire.

I believe the stone on this is a strawberry quartz. you can see through the stone really well, which is why I decided to do the piercing on the back. I am so excited to say that I think I am getting better with my piercing work.

Again, more pieces inspired by Kathy Frey.
The first picture in this group is made by my good friend Cheryl. I love the colors in this one and if it doesn’t sell quickly, it might just be added to my personal collection. The second is a black onyx.

The blue “stone” is a fused glass piece by a friend of mine, Donna Cason. I bought 4 or 5 different pieces from her with the intention of making angels with them, as I have done here. The second piece is called Rose Love. It is a rose quartz.

Summer 2008 Schedule

Is it July already?
Help me celebrate in my new jewelry studio and classroom
with a class or two.

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New location + New Studio = Open House
New location

Well, it finally happened.
We finally found out that we are remaining here in Ohio for another 3 years. We
bought a house and I have built the best studio and classroom ever and am
excited to get some classes going. My new location is only 2 miles from my
previous one. It is much closer to eating and shopping as well.

3858 Woodglen Ave
Norton, OH

Open House

Please join
me for an open house on Friday, July 18, 6:30 – 9:30 pm and Saturday, July 19,
2:30 – 7:30 pm. View and sign up for upcoming classes and projects, purchase
finished jewelry, eat yummy food and best of all, view the new studio. Bring a
friend and receive 5% off classes and 10% off merchandise.

Class information:
Classes are currently taught in
Norton/Copley and at Grand River Beads in Rocky River. We can also put together
a class at your place if you would like. Just give me a call and we will work
out the details together.

In every class, all materials are provided
unless otherwise noted. You only need bring yourself. If you prefer to work with
your own tools, you are more than welcome to bring those as well. Please mark
personal tools prior to attending classes.

Have you already taken one
of the classes listed here?
No problem. If you have already taken one of
these classes you are still welcome to take it again. I promise I will push you
to the next level with extra exercises and ideas. Each time you take a class you
should walk away with new techniques, a better comfort level and different

Norton Location Class Deposit:
To ensure
your place in any class a non-refundable $25 deposit is required. The deposit
will be applied to your class fee. It will be refunded in full if a class is
canceled or rescheduled for any reason. The deposit can be paid by Cash, Check,
Visa/MasterCard/Discover Card or PayPal.

All classes are taught by
jewelry artist  Melissa Muir. You can see Melissa’s work on her website and on her Design Journal

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Try It, You Just Might Like It

I have been working on a
series of mini classes. Each class is 1 1/2 hours long and is designed to let
you try your hand at a particular technique before committing to a more in-depth
class. As with each of my classes, all materials are included and you will
always return home with a finished piece of jewelry. Each class assumes NO
EXPERIENCE with any of the techniques.


Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 –

Introduction to wire jewelry
In this class you
will create a bracelet while learning the proper way to create an eye pin and
simple loops. You will be introduced to the various tools and materials used in
jewelry making and proper technique.
Price: $25

Tuesday, July 29, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Introduction to

This class will introduce you to some of the tools used in
making soldered jewelry. We will work with a small torch, sterling silver and
copper wire to make a simple, yet elegant pair of earrings.

Tuesday, July 29, 8:00 – 9:30

Introduction to wire wrap jewelry
In  this fun class
you will work with square and 1/2 round wire (as well as learning what those
are) to create a simply stunning sterling silver and pearl pendant. This is a
great introduction to the Wire Wrapped Pendants class.

Thursday, July 31, 6:00 –

Wire rings
In this class you will learn to make a
simple knot ring. You can bring a bead or crystal if you would like to use it in
your design. We will talk a little about shaping and hardening the ring. We may
actually be able to make a couple of rings. They go pretty fast.
$25 – additional rings are $7 each

Thursday, July 31, 8:00 –

Intro to cold connections
This class was
developed to show different ways of connecting multiple pieces of metal together
without the usage of a torch. We will create a simple and fun multi metal
pendant in this class.
Price: $25

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Fun Classes for Children
Prince and Princess for the Afternoon

don’t know about your girls, but mine LOVE to be a princess. This class is open
to children ages 6 and older. I do have a couple of boys in this class and we
will have some appropriate activities for them as well. Our princesses will be
making their very own crown, wand and necklace. The princes will be trying their
hand at knotted bracelets and their own “magic” wands.

Tuesday, July 22, 1:30 – 4:00

Working with resin

Resin is very versatile
and can be used to create some really neat effects. Children can bring small
pictures, beads or other small artifacts to include in their pendant. They do
not need to bring anything, as many other materials will be

Tuesday, August 5, 1:00 –

Price: $20

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Introduction to Soldering
Have you wanted to take your jewelry making to the next level?
Have you wanted to create secure connections in your jewelry? Well, this class
is a great step in the right direction.

In this class you will learn the
basics of small scale table-top soldering. You don’t need a big scary torch to
make beautiful jewelry. We will discuss the basic tools needed as well as many
facets of security so you can safely create. This workshop is a pre-requisite
for other metal smithing classes. You will learn to make secure connections with
rings, pins and various findings. During the class you will finish one bracelet
including clasp.

The class fee is $100. All materials are included. There
is no need to bring any tools, unless you prefer to work with your

Scheduled class times and locations:
Saturday, August 16, 2008    10:30 – 3:30  Norton,
OH     330-294-0177

Saturday, August 9, 2008    
11:00 – 4:00
   Grand River Beads, Rocky River, OH    

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Wire Wrapped Pendant
Learn to wrap a cabochon with square and 1/2 round sterling
silver wire to make a beautiful and unique pendant. You can expect to finish at
least two pendants.

Prerequisite: There are no pre-requisites for this
class, however, you will find this class much easier if you have had the
Introduction to Working with Wire.

All materials are included, including
silver and cabochons . There is no need to bring any tools, unless you prefer to
work with your own.

Scheduled class
times and locations
Tuesday, August 5, 2008  6:00
– 9:30pm 

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Intro to Wire
Are you tired of just stringing beads? Perhaps you want to add
a little pizzazz to your jewelry. This class is ideal for beginners and
self-taught wire workers.

Taking this basic wire class will enable you to
get the most from the other wire classes. We will make a complete bracelet while
learning to work with wire of various kinds and the correct use of hand tools.
You can expect to learn how to make wrapped loops, jump rings, figure-8’s,
clasps, and a variety of other components. You will also learn about wire types
and gauges, which is best to use for various projects, etc. Bring your beads
(size 10 mm. or larger) to class.

All materials are included. There is no
need to bring any tools, unless you prefer to work with your own. We will not be
working with sterling silver for this class. You may purchase sterling silver
wire for an additional fee if desired.

Scheduled class times and
Thursday, August 7, 2008     6:00 – 9:30

Price: $45

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More classes coming soon!
classes will be listed soon. Please check my design journal for the latest
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Happy Birthday to Me

Well, today is my birthday (at least it is for about 20 more minutes.)
My poor 8 year old has been sick all day and my hubby has to work the
evening shift at the hospital so needless to say it was pretty
uneventful as far as activities go. So naturally, I spent some time in
the studio while everyone else was napping. All of these pieces are a
bit more raw and organic than my usual work, but it sure was fun to
break away from my normal style for a bit while I tried out some new
techniques. I bought a couple of new books and they have been so
inspiring and fun. The first is Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet by
Mary Hettmansperger. It is full of very organic shapes and everything
just looks like it has been left outside in the elements of nature for
a while.  The second book is Elegant Wire Jewelry by Kathy Frey. I had
looked at this one for a long time, but finally decided to break down
and buy it. I am really glad that I did and am looking forward to
working with some of the other projects in there.

I am running behind on getting my new class schedule out. I should have that done by this week. I know I said that last week, but it really will be done this week. I have most of them on my calendar and I am just trying to finalize everything to make sure the schedule works.

With that
said, here are some of the pieces that I made today and last night. I
know that my wrapping in some of these isn’t all that great, but I
guess practice will make perfect. Wink

The earrings are copper washers. Smiley Dang I love those things! The pendant has actually been textured with my rolling mill, but I didn’t get a shot of the texture, but trust me, it is really cool.

Front and inside shot of this next pendant. The outside texture is from a textured hammer.

Copper and sterling