Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Today's blog is all about what it is that makes you step back, laugh, ponder or mentally wax poetic about life in general. For some, a good mantra works wonders. I don't have a mantra, but in class you've heard me say many times, "This is art....not science". Everyone usually giggles when I say it, but it is really how I view the learning process when it comes to jewelry making. It's really an axiom and is meant to serve as a way to remind you to be forgiving of yourself. Everyone wants to be a pro, even if it's your first class. Anyone who has ever moved wire knows that learning to control it is a very humbling experience. But remember the first time you got it to do what you wanted? Hallelujah! You felt really good and probably thought for the first time, "I can do this"! And you can. I promise you. "Practice makes perfect" is another axiom or adage that is so true when it comes to wire working. One great way to learn how to work wire is to do a simple line drawing. Put the point of your pencil or pen on a piece of paper, look away, make a simple doodle, and then lift your pen. Look at what you've drawn and then with your tools, try to turn a piece of wire into that doodle. Knowing what your tools will do is half the battle. "Practice on copper, perfect on silver" is a prescient piece of advice, especially in times like these. Some students try to start a design with silver thinking that they may want to do it only once, especially if it's a lot of work. I say, bah hum bug! "Any great design worth doing once, deserves a repeat performance"! Hopefully I've given you some food for thought, and as always, let me know what you think. Oh yeah, that's Jax and Lola at the top, pondering the meaning of life. It's important to appear indifferent when you're a cat!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
www.breabeadworks.com to find the class listing under workshops. A repeat of this class will be on March 14th. I would love to see you at either class!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
www.pasadenabeadanddesignshow.com for all the details. Ciao, bellas!
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Today's class, Filigree Heart Pendant Necklace proved to be quite challenging for my victims, er, I mean my students, but I think everyone developed some skills they will either continue to master or vow NEVER to do again! Wrapping takes patience and a little skill, but also developing a rhythm and knowing when to give it a rest is really important. Usually your hands and fingers will tell you when it's absolutely, positively the time to stop. But by then, pulling your hair out or waterboarding would seem more attractive. All kidding aside, when my students perservered and finished their heart, I could tell they were really pleased and liked their pendants. So what's my point? Don't give up. Just give it a rest and revisit your project later. Oh...and take two advil and send me a pic when you're done! Thanks Ladies, for taking the class. You're real troopers!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Happy New Year's everyone! Here's to a better year than the last. I thought I'd give you a peek at one of the Christmas gifts I made for Andrea. Since this past summer, I've made more DoubleWave Pearl Cuffs than I ever thought possible. So when I held my last DWPC class on the 18th of December, I thought it was time to make one entirely out of Swarovski crystal. I had toyed with the idea for months, and Christmas gave me the perfect excuse. I also used square wire for the first time and some of my Grandma's vintage Swarovski crystal beads. Andrea loves it and it's an heirloom piece of sorts. All because long ago I took apart some of Grandma's costume jewelry and ended up with a great stash of vintage beads. My challenge to you for this month is to break out some vintage beads or deconstruct something and turn it into a new piece. Send me your shots. I'll post them on my blog!