Now that I have my DSL back I can share some pictures from the two classes I taught last Friday, July 15 at the Thousand Islands Art Center. The morning class was called Beaded Cabochon Pendant. The students were very enthusiastic. None of them knew how to do peyote stitch. I did not expect them to. The class was about learning to do peyote stitch and making a completed project in the 2 1/2 hours that we had.
They all did very well. I think I should have made the class at least 3 hours, as a couple were not quite finished. There were 7 students so I was busy. They were wonderful, helpful to each other and very appreciate of my handmade ceramic cabochons. I had a great time.
Student bead work around my wild grass cabochon
Student bead work around my wild leaves cabochon
Student bead work around my cluster daisy cabochon
Two of my students working away and enjoying each other's company
It was quite a hot day and we were very happy that we were assigned the ceramics studio since there was cross ventilation and excellent light.
Copper Bracelet Class
From about 1:00PM to 5:00PM I taught the copper bracelet class. The above pic is a collage of the bracelets we made and my model.
Student bracelet. Love that detail around the edge of the disk with the "c" riveted to it.
I can't tell you how much the students loved hammering away on the blank pieces that were included in their kits. I cut out all the copper disks myself and drilled holes in all of the washers. I hand punched the holes in the copper disks since they were 22 gauge copper and soft enough for that punch. But the washers were much harder and I had to use my drill press to make the holes.
Disc Cutter for the round pieces
drill press for drilling the had copper washers.
Students working. Tools everywhere. The noise was incredible at times. That is why we were in ceramics studio!!!
Student Bracelet. You can see how individualized they are. Gorgeous original stampings on the round disk with the "e" riveted to it. Everyone did a rivet, dapped, use patina, use a screw rivet, textured, hammered and were very creative.
She domed the toggle clasp. A very nice touch.
She put a flower on the toggle clasp and made lots of wild stampings. And she had on some incredible jewelry she had made.
I love it that she stamped "River" on her bracelet. Clayton is such a beautiful river town and has such a wonderful vacation feel to it. I love coming here.
This was the model from which I made the kits for the class. I love how the students worked their own individual magic on these components.