When you're in the garden and you're picking your fresh string beans... notice the curvature on the spiraling vines... notice how they end in elegantly formed buds waiting to flower.
When you're walking in the park, look up from your feet and notice the trunks of the trees reaching up to the sky, embracing the sunlight with a perfectly shaped canopy of leaves.
Translating these beautiful gifts of nature into works of wearable art, takes nothing more than inspiration and desire.
And maybe a technique or two!
I've spent the past 6 years teaching the newly inspired to create unique, one of a kind jewelry by giving my students, sound and traditional techniques.
The more we learn, the more we want to learn! And so given the latest change in our lives (CoronaMaddess)... I've been attempting to put my classes online. Struggling with that is the fact that I want to share the more advanced techniques but find it challenging to do so via the internet vs my regular hands on classroom.
I've decided to build more ebook tutorials to share these techniques and also hold Open Studio events to prepare us for the learning of them.
I hope you'll be patient with em while I create for you.
Stay well my friends! Stay inspired and stay tuned for some amazing things to come.
Much love and always, many thanks for your continued support.
Whew! I'm getting there! Thank you all for your continued emails and support. I've typed, created and posted my brains out... Here's the developing class schedule!! There will be more coming this week as I get them added. Stay well and safe my friends. I miss seeing all of us so much! I hope you'll have the chance to register and give my Virtual classrooms a try. I've also been creating free video tutorials if you're not ready to do the online class thing or can't financially do it just yet. <3 #InThisTogether
Here is what's ready for online classes!
I will be contacting some of my students directly, this week too! <3
Here's my new calendar!
Here are my classes upcoming... there will be more coming soon too! ;)
See you soon.
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Hi Friends! If you haven't noticed yet, I'm building a bunch of free wire wrapping tutorial videos. It's in my Menu links but you can also click here and go there.
Click here to visit my new YouTube Channel and subscribe to get notified when new videos are published!
The videos are complete with material measures, tools list and links to buy them if you need them. Otherwise, just click any of the videos and enjoy! Each step has an instructions panel and they all are in real time motion. Not slides.
If you can support my efforts during these weird and tough times, please visit my store and see if anything special touches you. I also sell ebook wire wrapping tutorials there.
Otherwise, please enjoy my free projects and please keep me in mind when things return to normal in our world.
My hope by making these free videos is to keep your heart uplifted and inspired during these uncertain times. I also hope that it gives my mineral and fossil community of friends something else they can do with their beautiful materials!
Stay well and safe friends. Check back on my Free Tutorials link because I'll e making a bunch of them. Wire wrapping basics, wire weaving and some kids projects too! All skill levels to maybe even challenging. I'm always available on email for questions.
Thanks for your continued support!
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Due to the nature of recent events, I wanted to write an update about my classes and how I will be handling them moving forward.
First, I've decided to reduce my class sizes from a maximum size of 12 seats to 6 seats.
This allows for an empty chair between each student.
It might not be known, so I will share that I have always cleaned and disinfected my classroom tools after each use and will continue this with even more detail. The cabochon stones and beads that I use in class were also washed prior to using them for classroom. It is my long time habit of washing my natural materials after I shop the bead and rock shows.
I prefer you stay home and take care of your health and/or your families. So if you have registered for a class and are not well to attend, or for family health reasons, decide you should not attend, I will be happy to reschedule you to a future class date without issue.
As of today, I have decided to not schedule classes between the dates of March 23, 2020 to April 24th, 2020, nor will I be taking private students during this time.
As most of us know, I also work for the Colorado Mineral and Fossil Show and had classes scheduled for April 10-12, 2020. THE NEW SHOW CLASS DATES are May 15-17, 2020.
Thank you for your continued support! I'll be working on a lot of new jewelry designs and digital tutorials in the meantime.
I will be back to write more later on this, but in consideration of the recent events...
I'd like to remind all my students and friends, that if you've been to the rock or bead shows and/or stores and have made purchases.... to wash your beloved beads and rocks before handling them too much once you get home.
Most gemstones in any form, can be safely washed in warm water and soap. Please check with your local supplier if you're not sure about washing your material.
Virtual hugs to all. Elbows and toe taps when I see us next in class!
Several of my students ask... "how do I get better?" and while we all know that it takes PRACTICE, patience and creative experimentation, there's something important I'd like to share with you...
There's no such thing as a 'bad' or 'dumb' question... no such thing in a Perfectly Twisted world anyway. Questions are a key to getting better. When I was a 'newbie' to wire wrapping and jewelry making, I purchased tutorials, I attended classes and I YouTubed until the cows went home.
But what helped me most was to learn that most good artists who are sharing and teaching their work don't mind if you ask! I love sharing my tips with you, I love helping you challenge yourself and I love to see you grow and be excited in yourself and your wire work.
Take a class!
I took classes from very good teachers. I practiced and I'm still grateful that I was made comfortable to ask questions and learn with a bright heart. My teachers, online and live, were generous and warm, welcoming and helpful. I appreciate them and love being the same for my students. <3
I love this pendant! I designed a reversible wire weaved pendant for an oblong or oval, drilled focal bead. This allows you to show both sides of your gorgeous stone or glass lampwork bead.
It's a great frame for those new to wire weaving. You can create endless designs with this wire frame. You can do slight modifications and make this design work for round focal beads too!
It's ready in my Etsy store as well as here in my website store.
Click here to make the purchase!
Enjoy!! And thank you for your continued support!
I'll be teaching this pendant wrap at the Colorado Mineral & Fossil Spring show, April 10-12, 2020! Hope to see you there too!
What I can tell you for sure, is that these aren't easy, so give yourself a break. ;)
Here is a quick picture tutorial of the channel setting I've just finished. I'm using four, 22g, round sterling silver base wires and about 3 feet of 28g, round sterling weaving wire. The gemstones are 4mm round facets... no holes....lots of patience.
Prepare all four 22g base wires by making them straight, then hold together slightly fanned.
Weaved 1 on 1 for approximately 1/4 inch.
Then bend the two inner frame wires, 90 degree upright.
Continue to weave but change the pattern to a figure 8 or infinity weave. Be careful to keep both frame wires separated and even while weaving. Weave a figure 8 for approximately 8mm... there will be approximately 2mm to either side of the gemstone... less if you can manage it.
Set the gemstone onto the bottom weave.
Carefully bend both inner frame wires back down and over the gemstone.
Continue to weave 1 on 1 for another 1/4 inch... repeat for as many gemstones as you are setting.
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