Merry Christmas from my family to yours. I hope you all had a wonderful day. I have had a fun and busy day with my family. We started off by opening presents, and get this, my kids let us sleep in until 9:00 am. I wouldn’t have dreamed to allow my parents to sleep that late. I am really surprised that my 8 year old allowed us to. Such great children I have been blessed with.
My wonderful parents got me a belt sander for Christmas. I was so excited. That means I can refinish some of my tools, plus I use it to help taper wires when I am not in the mood to hand forge them all. Yes, I do cheat from time to time. One of my good friends gave me the most amazing chainmaille bracelet she had made. Am so lucky to have such good friends. We were showered with great family games, movies and yummy snacks. Of course, I have to drop about 45 pounds in the next 6 months so I will look good for all the pictures I am going to be in when I visit a friend in Indonesia. YAY! I am bound and determined to go swimming with the turtles and other exotic fish, stuff my face with fabulous foods not found in the US and just have an all around good time. So I will have to share all the yummy snacks. Anyone want to come over and help me out?
After a late breakfast, one of my friends and the owner of Beads ‘N More, came over and we played with jewelry making for a little bit. We were working on a few projects that we will be teaching this next month. I have a couple of others still in the works in my studio and will hopefully have them finished this week so I can post pictures of them. I did happen to finish a couple of the projects and here they are.
The first piece is for the introduction to soldering. This will be held on January 13th in the Norton Studio and on January 22nd at Beads ‘N More. It is very affordable and you will get to try your hand at a simple soldering project. It doesn’t have to be exactly like the one pictured, but we will be focusing on the tear drop shape and talking about how to shape it so it looks good every time.
The second pendant is one that we will be doing on February 7th at Beads ‘N More. I wish the picture looked as good at the actual piece. The actual piece is shiny and just plain pretty. You will learn all about coiling, joining multiple pieces together with wire and adding various beading embellishments. This opens the door to so many things. They will both be fun classes.
I also had the opportunity to toss around a couple of ideas with
Estelle about a fabulous class I am going to offer. I will offer it at
the Norton Location for sure and I am almost positive we will offer it
at her place as well. I am going to hold a design master class. It will
be at least one night and one full day. I still need to work out the
particulars on that. But the first night we will discuss design
elements, go over some different techniques and then you will be given
a challenging project to make. I will provide more information about
Another thing I have been thinking about is starting a Metalsmiths Guild here in Ohio. I have not been successful in locating one and I think it would be great to have one. I would keep it pretty informal, as I would just be doing this by myself. If you are interested in joining this, please let me know and I will get in touch with you soon about the particulars. If you have any ideas, I would also love to hear about them. I am thinking right now we would meet at least once a month, share a technique or two, give a demo and have time for networking. I would like to get this up and going by February.
Oh, I was looking at a few things on the web tonight and came across this post on the Art Jewelry Website. It is so much fun to find myself in places like this. I found this post about how to ball up the ends of your wire using a torch. They used a blurb from my article and even one of my pictures. The picture, by the way, was taken by my good friend Ellen Hamburg. Thanks Ellen!
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and may your new year be a blessed one. Thank you all for making my year a wonderful one. I love to read the comments you leave me. I try to respond to them all. Just click on the comments link under any of the posts and you will be able to read my response to you. It really keeps me going to know that people do actually read my blog. It makes it so much more fun to know that when I post, it will actually be seen and read by other people. I even have 35 subscribers to my blog. I know there are more than that that actually read it, but it is still kind of neat to know that at least 35 of you find my blog worthy enough to actually follow. Thanks so much for that! I do appreciate it!
I will probably have another post to make before the end of the year, but if not, Have a great New Year Everyone!