It's not a good thing to be overly obsessed with any one thing...where's the self control...Yes....I'm asking...?
Another bead show...yes...you heard me...another bead show.
Oaks, Pennsylvania...right outside of Valley Forge...BEADFEST.....great weather...perfect for the 90 minute car ride and a class with the brilliant Kim St. Jean
I can now say I've had classes with 3 magnificent teachers...Susan Lenart Kazmer, Linda Larsen and now Kim. Such a change of pace for me who taught in the craft industry for a zillion years, to be taking classes from others.
so, our goal was to make a pendant using copper and some new techniques, well new to me anyway.... like brazing... that I'd never seen before....and wire weaving.
The finished pendant...(this particular finished one shown below)....by Edie Malin from the class
Like FABULOUS, HUH !!!
and...here's the class....in action...
and, sitting on the end in the black T shirt my friend from Jersey (and also a superb teacher hersef), Lena Pfeifer
we each got to choose a stone...I picked a malachite
and Kim carefully explained how we'd measure the metal and then saw it....which I did for the first time back in Linda Larsens class (April BEADFEST) and clearly remembered to NOT have a death grip on the saw!!!
Saw it, buff it, brush it, steel wool it, OY...it's like housekeeping...not that I know much about that...
pickle it, buff it, brush it, wipe it, anneal it....jeeeeez...you just got it clean now you make it black again...
then we're gonna make the fabulous little balls on the end of the copper wire...my FAV part I think
Kim explains how to figure where to place the holes for these little prongs and the rivets
and we progress
cause now we're gonna anneal again and BRAZE...
I'm freakin afraid !!!! But I did it
I loved it !!!
I feel like I want to braze everything....
and now we have to buff, and polish and clean it AGAIN
BUT, LET ME TELL YOU...I HAD A SUPER GREAT TIME.
I didn't quite finish it, but I will at home...I just have to weave the thin wire & bend the prongs.
and now....ta da....I want to show you some of KIM's beautiful work....she also has a BLOG
NOW, IF THAT DOESN'T INSPIRE YOU....NOTHING WILL !!!
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