Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Whole Lot of Jewelry Making at Beads and Bangles

It was a a wild and crazy weekend of hammering, bending wire, making fanciful mixed media charms and beads, playing with PMC clay, and learning jewelry skills at the annual Beads and Bangles weekend. Forty-nine enthusiastic artisan/crafters packed the nine introductory jewelry classes (most classes were full to capacity and them some). All went home bedecked and bespangled.





The "Faux Pewter" Make-N-Take at Friday night's opening reception was an absolute blast as everyone fashioned pendants that looked convincingly like metal from very humble materials - cardboard and hardware store aluminum tape!








There were two classes making jewelry with Precious Metal Clay (PMC) - one using Copper Metal Clay to make earrings, and one using Silver Metal Clay to make bracelets.










Lots of pounding going on in Cabinet Shop for the Hammered Wire Jewelry class - noisy but a lot of fun.













One of the great things about Beads and Bangles is the variety of somewhat offbeat jewelry classes, like the Handmade Beaded Bracelet class. Students made memory wire bracelets but it was really all about the beads...which students created out of some decidedly non-traditional jewelry materials.











Or, the Junk Drawer Art Charms class in which students made charms out of, well....junk. However, the results were anything but!





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