It’s been almost a week since I wrote my last post (I’m not counting yesterday’s reblog about the Bling Ball Bracelet Giveaway that I hope you entered). I was in Philadelphia for Bead Fest taking classes in metasmithing and wire weaving. I cannot wait to apply these techniques to new Junebug Jewelry Designs.
One of the best things about the classes is the fact that you walk away with completed projects you can show off when you get home. In my first class, I created this gorgeous bracelet and ring. The technique used for these pieces is the one I’m most excited about.
I also took a Fold Forming class and made these two cuff bracelets.
My final class was a wire weaving course taught by Margaret Aden, an absolutely AWESOME designer who can do some amazing things with wire. The class was like a knitting circle, because wire weaving is slow and steady like knitting. It was fun chatting with classmates about too many topics to name. But the best part was walking away with this necklace and knowing my hands were responsible.
And, yes, I have dabbled in wire weaving in the past. In fact, here’s a pair of earrings (now sold) where I used that technique.
However, the necklace design created in Margaret’s class has opened my mind to a whole new world of possibilities. Plus, she taught a new way of weaving that results in a much cleaner design.
Even with these new skills, I’ll always be a fan of beading. Today, I added this necklace to the Junebug Jewelry Store.
I love the multi-strand design and earthy look. Layered necklaces are very much “in” this season.
Have you completed your entry for the custom Bling Ball Bracelet Giveaway yet? This is your chance to get a design made to fit your wrist and created in your favorite color scheme. Enter today!
Until next time…