In late September I was asked to teach a class in jewelry making at NOVA Labs. After a bit of back and forth we set the date for the evening before Halloween, Tues Oct 30th. It was set up on Meetup just before the Norfolk Mini Maker Faire and fortunately we didn’t get washed out by the storm. For the first class I’ve taught in years I decided a good starting point for beginners would be wire wrapping.
We had a good turn out for our first jewelry class. Netting two gentleman, three ladies and one pint sized maker.
Everyone in the class learned to create basic loops, wrapped loops, the use of jump rings, split rings, forms and mandrels. They also learned about head pins and eye pins (including how to create their own eye pins) used to make accent drops and components for linking into chains.
These are frequently the most needed skill to start makers on a path to creating jewelry and other accessories to meet their own personal taste and needs.
Our class yielded a set of brand new skills & a level of interest in our Makers that showed their passion for learning.
Everyone had fun, picking through the bead buffet and deciding what to make. Asking questions about how to do this… and why do you do that….usually followed by “Oh you mean all I need is THIS to do THAT?….. cool.”
My youngest student was heard to say that she wanted a tool set of her own for Christmas. But Dad thought requests for tools were to be encouraged sooner rather than later, so I wonder – is she already brandishing new pliers and cranking out wrapped beads? I certainly hope so, girls and a love of tools is a marvelous thing.
Our father daughter team out paced the other adults by quite a bit. Once our 7 yr old dynamo learned the basics she was off and running with minimal help. Truthfully, I was impressed overall by everyone’s quickly developing skills.
Using just three fairly common tools the members of our class put together a variety of jewelry pieces. No two a like, not counting earnings. Toward the end of class were several comments about needing to pick up one or more of the tools they used to add to their own tool sets, apparently they already had at least one if not two of the needed tools.
Many thanks to my enthusiastic Makers. Because of you my first class a lot of fun.
Carrie Hafer (aka Driia)
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