Saturday, January 5, 2013


 Metal Clay Tube-Bead Bracelet #B130586 

 Metal Etching 101 #B130417, #B130586, #B131713
(3 different sessions)

 Metal Clay Embellished Bracelet #B130590

 Mixed-Metal Layered Acid-Etched Earrings #B130574

Etched and Riveted Metal Bracelet #B130788

It's only 144 days until the biggest jewelry spectacle on the planet.  Of course I'm talking about The Bead & Button Show held every June in Milwaukee.  Registration for classes opens January 8th at noon Central Time.  If you are planning to attend, then you've already been poring over the ample class catalog.  This years offerings look great, as always.  This will be my second year teaching at the show.  I taught last years' classes with my great friend and teaching partner Gail Lannum.  Gail and I really enjoy teaching together.  We both have different strengths and we have a lot of fun together.  Last year was so great.  The students were fun and eager and Gail and I had a blast teaching at such a venerable show.  The show was kind enough to have us back, so we're doing it all over again.  This year we're teaching 7 classes (yes, we are crazy!)  All of our classes are appropriate for beginners (one of the bonuses of having 2 teachers is that we can give students more attention) but they will be challenging enough for experienced students as well.  Students will walk away with finished pieces from all of our classes.
Our classes include a silver clay bracelet that combines lampwork with leather, 3 acid-etching 101 technique classes, a bracelet class that combines acid-etching, silver clay and riveting, an earring class that combines acid-etching and metal fabrication, and a bracelet class that combines acid-etching, riveting and metal fabrication. Wow, are we gonna be tired?  It's going to be a great week of jewelry technique and fun and we would love to see you in one or more of our classes!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at:


Unknown said...

I purchased a tool from you not long ago, and finally had a chance to check out your handmade creations. (Your little gift was so enticing that I just had to learn more!). I just wanted to say that I find your work beautiful and fascinating. Your pieces appeal to my love of nature and beauty, and in a romantic, old-fashioned way. You've worked magic in bringing it all together in a unique and beautiful way. I'm going to keep an eye on your work, and hopefully make a purchase someday! Thanks for sharing!

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Cristina Leonard said...

Thank you for your kind and generous words! It's nice to be appreciated and yes, if you ever need a gift for someone, or yourself, I'll be here. Perhaps we'll meet at a show someday!

cottasofia said...

Interesting designs,Those are really nice and quite creative! I Like all of them Very Much, but first one i like the most..

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