Sunday, May 15, 2011


Julie's bracelet and my button (Sunday's class)

Tuesday's class is the ginkgo leaf. This photo is from the last time we offered the class.

Thursday's class is riveting!

This week I have 3 classes at Bead Haven in Cedar Rapids. On Tuesday, May 17th, I'll be teaching a PMC ginkgo leaf pendant with a nice, heavy-duty fine silver bale. I love this class because I love ginkgo trees (did you know that ginkgo trees have been on earth longer than most kinds of plants?)and I think it's nice to be able to make a closed bale that is made at the same time as the metal clay pendant and fired right on to the piece. No soldering needed!
On Thursday May 19th, I'm teaching a beginning riveting class. We'll use brass escutcheon pins to rivet a brass dragonfly stamping to a copper heart. We'll discuss wire gauge/drill bit sizes for ensuring a proper fit for making a secure rivet as well as metal texturing and patina of metals with flame.
On Sunday May 22nd, I'll be teaching a class on bronze clay buttons in the morning and then Julie Campbell will teach a bracelet class in the afternoon. Julie's will teach a leather and stone wrapped bracelet with a button closure like the ones that are so popular right now. The buttons that we make in the morning of course won't be ready for the afternoon class so Bead Haven will offer my bronze buttons in the kits for the class. You can use you own hand made buttons for your next bracelets, as after you make one, I'm sure you'll want to make several (I'll be staying for Julie's class because I LOVE this bracelet and can't wait to learn how to make it).
If you're interested in any of these classes please contact Bead Haven at

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