Thursday, March 31, 2011

She Ornament


My final class project for Silver Bella is the sparkly ornament created in a class taught by Beth Quinn.  She had all the supplies we needed in a little kit which included the miniature wire dress form.  The funnest part of the class was coating the wire with glitter.  It got everywhere!


The wings of the She Ornament are made from wire mesh with a bit of gauze and then a teal colored silk leaf glued together.  We stitched on some beads for added texture and then coated the wings in sparkly mica flakes.  Beth and her lovely assistant (whose name I wish I could remember) passed out some books for us to cut out meaningful words.  I chose the word beautiful and then found the word artist.  This isn't meant to be a conceited description of myself.  It represents what I was feeling at the time of the class.  It was the last one for the weekend, and I had met so many amazing women-all of them artists and each one uniquely beautiful.  My own inner artist had been reawakened during the workshop, and I was feeling such joy.  Beautiful Artist captured the essence of my experience at Silver Bella.


I added another book phrase to the She Ornament's skirt along with some sewn on buttons and sparkly beads.  She is a very sparkly ornament and looked lovely on my Christmas tree.  One more mention about Beth's assistant.  I feel so bad for not remembering her name!  She was so sweet to introduce me to author Jenny Doh who was the featured speaker at the closing dinner for the Silver Bella workshop.  I had brought along one of her books hoping to have it signed.  I mentioned this during the She Ornament class, and Beth's assistant remembered and brought Jenny over to meet me and take a picture.


That's me on the right wearing my Chatelaine Necklace made that morning.  Jenny Doh is on the right dressed to kill!  I can hardly wait for registration to open tomorrow!  It's like waiting for tickets to your favorite rock band to go on sale!
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Bonaparte's Gift

This is the last day of March and my first time posting this month.  Yikes!  Where did the time go?  Registration for the next Silver Bella workshop opens tomorrow, April 1st.  It's time to finish posting my projects from the last one!



Bonaparte's Gift was my first jewelry making class ever.  It was so much fun and the one class where I managed to complete my project before class ended! 


Kari Meng of French General gave us some great tips on the proper closing of jump rings and how to use jewelry making tools. If nothing else, I can now repair some of my broken necklaces without having to take them to a jeweler. At the end of class, I bought a bracelet kit but have yet to finish it-of course. I'm afraid I have forgotten some of the things I learned in the class so someday I'll have to find another jewelry class so I can maintain the skills I learned.

 
So many beautiful charms on this necklace!  We were even shown how to properly glue the resin charms onto a metal base.  I love wearing this peice!
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