We rushed home after class to show our proud creation in context, an ornament on our tree.
Well grounded in the constellation of making crafts is jewelry. The variety of techniques is vast and their application varied. Tonight Carrie conducted a special holiday season class wherein she applied the techniques of jewelry making to creating Christmas tree ornaments. One result you can see to the left.
The important secret to success with this form of jewelry is cutting a groove around the perimeter of large beads. Wire is used to form loops, ornament, and hold the whole piece together. This groove provides a path for the wire to grab and secure the large beads.
Using a disk grinder with the proper jewelry bit adjusted to the right height we cut grooves in beads. This tool can also be used to smooth, polish and grind surfaces at various angles. As it cuts, the system is cooled by water. We were fortunate that Carrie brought it in, showed us how it worked and actually let us use it for our art.
This is just the latest class offered by Carrie; if you’re interested in crafts then contact her.
A few pictures of our floral bead ornament making are after the break.
A critical early step is to cutting of a groove in the bead to serve as a track for the wire to hold firm.
Using beads of various sizes and colors bound by wire we were taught how to construct ornaments and then set free to make our own.
Master jewelry artist and class instructor: Carrie!