Aside from written beading and jewelry-making tutorials I don’t teach. However, jewelry artist Susan Lenart, does and she is fabulous! Over the years I have taken many classes from Susan at the Bead&Button Show and I’ve always learned something new. Now, I have recently completed her “Intentional Metalsmithing” course and I can’t say enough about how wonderful it is! Whether you are a beginner or experienced jewelry-maker, you will learn so much and believe me, it will jumpstart your creativity! The video course is comprised of six modules, each teaching different techniques and every single module is fantastic! I learned so many ways to improve my soldering techniques as well as bezeling stones with filigree wire and building art jewelry pieces from scrap, etc., and unlike group workshops, the video course is like have Susan give you private lessons that you can watch again and again. Registration for “Intentional Metalsmithing” is opening soon…sign up to get on the wait list! Below is a collection of jewelry I’ve made since taking the “Intensional Metalsmithing” course (sorry, these aren’t for sale right now…I’m still too emotionally attached to each piece!).
And here are a few closeup shots with descriptions…
A Series of Asymmetrical Earrings
I love to wear earrings that don’t match! I find them far more interesting than identical pairs of earrings. Materials used in this collection: Sterling Silver, Fossil Walrus Tooth, Carnelian, Amethyst, Rutile Quartz, Cherry Quartz, Garnet, Aquamarine, Citrine, Honey Quartz, and White Coral.
Bangles and Stacking Rings Collection
Materials used in this collection: Sterling Silver, Fossil Walrus Tooth, Carnelian, Tourmaline, Pale and Milky Aquamarine, Lemon Chrysoprase, and Coral.
“Pray Box” Pendant
Materials used are: Sterling Silver, Lapis Lazuli, Garnet, and Kyanite.
If you’re wondering what a prayer box is, I’ll explain… a prayer box is a container imbued with power by placing a special message or written word (i.e. courage, strength, love, etc.,) inside the piece, thereby imparting that attribute to the person wearing the prayer box. The message can be etched or drawn on the interior of the metal before the box is soldered closed. The word can also just be written on paper,which of course will burn when the box is soldered closed, but…it’s the thought that counts, isn’t it?