Well, North Carolina was FANTASTIC! We were in this house right on Lake Gaston. The weather started out beautifully and turned slightly colder as the week went on, but still tolerable. I learned so much this past week. I would have updated sooner, but on my drive home I came down with a cold and spent the first three days this week in bed. Yesterday I spent some time updating the look to my shopping site. Stop by and see what you think.
Okay, here are a few of my projects. I have a couple more that still need to be photographed.
These are my two first tube set pieces. It really isn’t all that hard. The hardest part is finding a tube that fits your stone, or a stone that fits your tube.
One of the ladies at the retreat taught us how to make a wire prong set pendant. I am looking forward to trying this a little bit more in the future.
This is a very simple forged bracelet. I have seen the tutorials and such for it, but haven’t tried it until this past weekend. I love how simple and elegant it is.
I tried my hand at a technique called Kumihimo. It is a Japanese braid. Riley is looking forward to trying this one out herself.
I played with different fold forming and forging techniques and made these lovely leaves. We did a gift exchange the second night we were there and the lady that had me gave me a pair of leaf earrings she had done. They are exquisite! They are very light weight and you hardly notice you are wearing them.
Another thing taught was this woven treasure bracelet. I still have a ways to go on mine, but I will get it there eventually. This is onother great one that I can teach Riley easily. She is looking forward to that as well.
We also learned different braiding techniques with Wire. The first one in this picture (on left) uses 17 wires, the middle uses 5 and the last one uses 9.
I have a few other things in mind that I am looking forward to trying out. Now that the laundry is done and I am feeling somewhat human again I will be working on all of that starting tonight. Oh, I have also decided that it really is time for a new torch. A real torch. A BIG torch. Hopefully I will be able to manage it before the end of the year.
Comments and suggestions are greatly encouraged and very much appreciated.