Category Archives: Tutorials and Workshops

A Winter Night’s Crafting Workshop

My students are the BRAVEST and MOST CREATIVE students in the world.

Hard at work!
Hard at work!

 

Crafting Crafting Crafting!!!
Crafting Crafting Crafting!!!

This past wednesday a group of devoted artists and crafters braved SNOMAGEDDON 2014 to join me for an awesome hour long jewelry workshop.  Despite my nearly hour late arrival (did I mention snowmageddon?  The roads were terrifying.)  13 awesome ladies at the Orion Township Public Library  made the trip more than worthwhile.  These guys were sooo much fun!

It’s not a wonderland when its covering the interstate…

Racing against a 9pm deadline these hardworking creatives designed some simply stunning pieces…

Alice Cruz Modeling her trinket necklace with bird and vintage button
Alice Cruz Modeling her trinket necklace with bird and vintage button
Blurry Close up Alice's design
Blurry Close up Alice’s design

 

Lee modeling her elegant design...I wish I had gotten a better close up.  It's BEAUTIFUL.
Lee modeling her elegant design…I wish I had gotten a better close up. It’s BEAUTIFUL.

 

I forgot to write down your name.  I suck.  But this was a custom piece made almost entirely from her own trinkets with some sophisticated touches on a playful concept
I forgot to write down your name. I suck. But this was a custom piece made almost entirely from her own trinkets with some sophisticated touches on a playful concept

 

Elaborate design with filigree and semi-precious stones
Elaborate design with filigree and semi-precious stones

 

Elegant design with button, heart and cross pendant.
Elegant design with button, heart and cross pendant.

 

I am so proud of everyone’s designs…I wish I had been able to document them all.  And I’m truly grateful for all these artists for coming out in the wretched weather and playing with me.

I hope to be back to the library soon for more crafty shenanigans…I’ll post the photos here :)

 

 

 

 

 

How to open a jump ring– Worksheets for Workshops

“How do I open this jump ring so it closes again?!!!”

Such simple little things, jump rings, and yet so TRICKY. Open them wrong and they will NEVER EVER close tightly again. Open them right and POOF! they make it crazy-simple to assemble jewelry.

This is the absolute most basic skill to learn when you start making jewelry.
If you take one of my workshops it is the very first thing I teach you (aside from which kind of plier is which).

And in case you forget after the class (or if you never get to take one) here is an awesome tutorial on how to do it right so the the little buggers will close again.

JumpRing1

JumpRing2

JumpRing3

After you’ve attached the ring to whatever it was you wanted to join, close it by reversing the steps.

Wa-Pow!

You have a neatly closed jump ring.  Go you!