Tuesday, December 20, 2016


 Buttercup Earrings in Silver and Bronze (B170742) 

 Dangling Bead Earrings (B170751)

 PMC Fine Silver Bracelet (B170678)

 Fine-Silver Shadow Box Pendant (B170704)

 PMC Fine Silver Earrings with Scratch Foam (B170688)

 Twisted Bronze Bracelets (B170850)

Boho-Chic Disc Earrings ( B170927)

It's that time again! Today online browsing for the 2017 Bead &Button Show opens. This means that you can see the photos and class descriptions online, where more complete information than what's in the catalog is located.  My teaching partner and friend, Gail Lannum and I are back this year with some brand new classes and a couple of past favorites. Online registration opens January 3rd at noon central time. You'll have until then to peruse the catalog or delve more deeply into the class descriptions online. If you have any questions regarding our classes, please feel free to contact me for more information. We hope to see you in Milwaukee!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


I haven't been here in a long while but got a nice surprise that I thought I'd share. I was away last weekend and when I checked my Facebook feed I found that the Society of North American Goldsmiths chose me for their maker profile of the week. When you work alone, as so many of us do, it's easy to think that no one appreciates your work or even sees it.  This was a nice way to start a week that's focus is being thankful. 

See my profile here: Cristina Leonard SNAG Maker Profile 
See the latest SNAG Newsletter here: Riveting News

Sunday, January 3, 2016


It's that time again. Although June seems so far away, it will be here before we know it. Tuesday, January 5th at noon central sign-ups for the 2016 Bead & Button Show begin. I'm so pleased to be teaching again with my teaching partner and friend, Gail Lannum. This year we're teaching four classes that we're really excited about. Please have a look and feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. I can be reached here at the blog comments or at jewelry@cristinaleonard.com.

Monday, June 6th-Treasure Necklace
This class combines metal clay techniques such as carving, scratch foam, molding, etc. with design and assembly. Students will have a great opportunity to work with PMC 960 (a high karat silver that is a combination of PMC3 and PMC Sterling),beads, wire and chain and leave with a finished necklace.  
To learn more about this class click here.

Tuesday, June 7th-Shadow Box Pendant
This is one of my favorite metal clay projects. Again we'll be using 960 for its superior strength and beauty. Students will have 50 grams of silver to work with and will leave with at least one completed pendant. 
For more information on this class click here

Wednesday, June 8th-Twisted Bronze Bow Tie Bangle
This is a new take on one of my all-time favorite pieces of jewelry to make and wear. Students will have ample time to make multiple bracelets, which is great because they are so much fun to wear. In this class we'll learn to make the hot twisted wire for the bracelets and well as forming, fabricating, and riveting. This is one not to be missed!
For information on this class click here.

Thursday, June 9th-Scratch Foam Charms
Scratch Foam is a type of sheet Styrofoam often used for print-making and other art applications. It's cheap and easy to use as a mold making medium for metal clay charms. Students will have 25 grams of PMC 3 which will make many, many charms, pendants and earring or bracelet components. There will be plenty of time to assemble our charms into finished pieces.
For more information click here.