I really like the change of seasons, with colors and new items to look at.....
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Last chance this summer to get a PMC retreat at Perlz in Kelseyville, CA. I really like teaching in a workshop environment, there is plenty of time and space to explore good technique and branch out where the students lead me. Here is the blurb from Perlz, check it out and sign up!
In the spirit of full disclosure, Kelseyville is my hometown, and has a special place in my heart. Time moves slowly there, the summer days are hot- cool off in the lake! There is still a drive in movie theater, and the best county fair....
And yes, I promise to post more often, it's been a busy couple of weeks.....
Emily B. Miller joins us for a guest instructor retreat - this one focused on Precious Metal Clay (PMC). If you’ve been waiting to try this miracle material that starts as clay and fires with a creme brulee torch or a kiln into pure silver, or if you’ve tried to learn how to use it on your own only to be frustrated - now’s your chance!
Join Emily in August to study PMC for three days, covering basic techniques with PMC, stone setting, firing, finishing your pieces, creating hollow forms like beads and making rings.
Sign up for an optional 4th day - come back and embellish your PMC with gold leaf!
If you like, stick around for an optional 4th day - or night, actually - and add gold leaf to your fine silver pieces with the Asian technique of Keum Boo, from 6 - 8 pm on Monday evening. Highlight and add design with shapes and brush strokes of beautiful gold. Learn how to permanently bond gold to silver with heat and pressure at PMC and Keum Boo Gold Leaf.
Tools and texture materials available to share during class. Kit fee covers enough material to make loads of charms, beads, and rings. Light refreshments provided.
Advance registration for this class is highly recommended. Call to reserve your place as soon as you can!
KIT FEE: $175 due and payable to the instructor, first day of the retreat
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Just to keep it fresh I really like making things other than jewelry. As anyone who makes jewelry for themselves knows storage is always a problem. I had this flash the other day while prowling the aisles at Urban Ore, a salvage yard in Berkeley. So, I took home this great drawer for 3 bucks, cleaned it up, painted it, and put copper tubing across for necklaces and bracelets. I did add a flat piece of wood on the bottom so it stands, but I think this will eventually hang on the wall. It was so much fun painting with those little samples from the paint store, you should try it!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
When I was in Tucson for the biggest bead show in the western hemisphere I bought a quilt top. I spent 24 dollars on this awesome crazy quilt, fabrics from the 50's -70's I think my sisters had skirts made from some of these fabrics. I had two pieces of fabric for the backing, one from Jeanne Marc in SF purchased in 1983 (26 years...not bad!) and a piece of bead fabric with an unfortunate pepto pink background. I even had cotton batting for the inside. I tied the layers together and hemmed the edging. It's crazy quilt all the way around. Did you know you can get quilt tops on ebay? See you there.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
In an ongoing effort to decrease the number of PMC parts, pendants, beads, and charms I have sitting around I made a new necklace tonight. I love the look of stringing with bullion wire, so I made some extra to cover the softflex where it met the chain and clasp. The crimp covers rock too, making the transition to the clasp seamless.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Remaking a piece of jewelry.