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First Class Taught in the New Art Studio

It is so nice to get back to teaching again, and to have the space to teach in.  Just loving the New Art Studio!!  Such a great creative energy in my new space!!  If you know me you know I love creating and I love teaching.
I am a little slow with this post, as you know life and work sometimes gets sometimes gets in the way.

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of teaching a Precious Metal Clay (PMC) Class to a student named Pat.  Pat declined to be photographed, but I did take pics of the projects we worked on.  It was a fun class.

In this pic we are sculpting some of the PMC.

For those who don’t know anything about PMC, it is like modeling clay.  You have to keep it moist while you work with it.  You can roll it, press it, draw on it and/or carve designs in it, just like modeling clay or FIMO.

Here are some of Pat’s pieces she was creating in Class.

You can see some of the tools on the table, cookie cutters, textured sheets to press designs into the clay.  It is a lot of fun to work with.

After you are done sculpting and the clay has dried, you can clean up any rough edges on the pieces, and the put them in the kiln and fire them.  Two hours later, presto you have a metal pendant.  In this case we used Silver Clay and it comes out .999 Silver, better than Sterling Silver.

Below, Pat’s finished pieces.  Three after polishing, one before polishing up.

And my finished pieces.

  I would love to teach a class for you, and love to share my knowledge with you.  Contact me to arrange your class.  Click here for more info on classes:  “Classes I Teach”

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Amber Small Bead Necklace With Swarovski Crystals

I thought would share with you a pretty little necklace I made in 2009.  It has 4 very small amber handmade (lampwork) beads which I made under my torch.  I strung my handmade beads with Swarovski crystals, sterling silver beads, and seed beads.

Closeup of my handmade beads and the Swarovski and silver beads.

I would love to design a one-of-a-kind special necklace for you.  Please contact me.

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Holiday Greetings

Hello everyone.  I trust you had a wonderful holiday season.  My family and I had a fantastic Christmas!!!  Haven’t done much jewelry making the last few weeks, and have not posted to the blog.  With the closing of my art gallery, getting ready to leave for vacation and being gone, there was not much time to make jewelry.  I just posted a couple of pendants to my Etsy Shop. So for today’s blog I will show you those.

This Necklace has a carved bone pendant, 2 of my handmade (lampwork) beads, and copper beads, strung on a Sterling Silver Chain.  To see more pics and find out more info click here:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/65488100/carved-bone-pendant-copper-beads-on

Blue and Red Pendant is fused glass with 4 of my handmade (lampwork) beads strung on red rubber cord.  To see more pics and find out more info click here:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/65487462/blue-red-fused-glass-pendant?ref=v1_other_2

Coming soon, I will post a blog on making fusing glass pendants.  I will also be entering some pieces in the Manatee County Fair and will keep everyone apprised on that project.


Wishing a very prosperous New Year to everyone.
Christina