I am back from Bead Fest Spring with plenty of new treasures! Besides shopping, I also took two really great classes. First up was Steel Wire Warm Up with Brenda Schweder.
Brenda taught us about the characteristics of steel wire, how to work with it and finish it (so it doesn't rust). She also showed us a variety of stunning pieces she created with various gauges. The workshop inspired me and has me eager to try out this wonderful and inexpensive wire. Can't wait to get my hands dirty! If you are interested in working with steel wire, check out her book Steel Wire Jewelry.
On Saturday evening I took a class titled Textured Copper Cuffs with Eva Sherman, owner of Grand River Beads. Eva showed us how to anneal copper with a torch, texture it, form it and rivet it. She also brought in some gorgeous cuffs that she created, wetting our appetites.
She then set us loose to create two-three cuffs of our own. It didn't take me long to get over my torch phobia either! Here is what I created...
Both Eva and Brenda were fantastic instructors! I really enjoyed each class and my newly acquired knowledge. Can't wait to create! By the way, both classes will be offered at Bead Fest in August!
My treasures from Bead Fest will be posted next week...stay tuned for some gorgeous beads and findings!