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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Netted Bezel Lace Rings Class was a big success!

A few years ago, while practicing the netted lace  style of wire wrapping,  I designed by quite accident, this new technique of creating a very secure and attractive laced ring.  I call it netted bezel lace because of the beautiful designed lace that envelopes the stone. 

I have since then written my own tutorial, and soon publishing it for sale.  We had our first class using my tutorial yesterday in my home studio - Studio PMR.

The class was a big success and I felt good that my students learned this technique and can now use the tutorial  for ring making . The tut is so versatile that with practice it can be used for making netted bezel lace pendants.

Even though it was more advanced, and took them quite a lot of time to complete, most all of them were able to take home their finished product to show their friends.  It is my hope that my classes will continue to grow this Summer and into the Fall.

I do like to stress that the first time you create , it might not be "perfect", but with practice you can make some beautiful jewelry.   A fun and relaxing atmosphere is what I like to strive for in my classes....... 

As you can see from pictures... it takes concentration to learn this technique... but we still had FUN!

Very determined to finish their ring today!

Although there have been other tutorials written,  mine is totally  different from any other ....I feel  this one creates a more secure and attractive ring.

If you are interested in my classes, we meet on Wednesday mornings on the 3rd or 4th week of the month.  Next month the date will be June 24th 10:00 AM- 1:30 PM and we serve brunch , have FUN and take breaks!

Next class will be " Tree of Life " Pendants and using my written tutorial that is totally different from others .......  I also like to give you a list of tools and where to purchase them.  I give lots of "experience tips"  to my students that help keep them from making the mistakes I made while learning..... We would love to have you join us for a class soon!

I serve my students a morning brunch so they can take breaks and feel free to relax!

If you cannot attend at my home studio and can find at least 5 or more students,  I will travel to you for a class session.......

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Monday, May 11, 2015

My mother was an inspiration and always there for me!

My mother was an inspiration to me... and I owe so much to her .  Since yesterday was Mothers Day,  I  do realize how much my mom is missed by me and my brother.  She has been gone since 2003 and there is not a day that goes by that  I am not reminded of "how much I miss her".

She was not always easy to get along with, however,   she was always available to me and I could always just pick up the phone and call her no matter what time of day it was.

I think most of us take our parents for granted... and we don't realize how quickly they can be taken from us.  Especially those who lead such busy lives ...whether it's our children's activities,  school, careers,  friends,  the gym, extra curricular activities  or what ever keeps us busy.   We should NEVER be too busy to just pick up the PHONE (not the texting only phone)  and carry on  a real conversation that requires using our voices.  Our moms have sacrificed so much for us.... so that is the least we can do .....just make that call!

What has happened to this new generation of young families???  They just dont have the same priorities as the generation I grew up in.  

I always stayed very close to my mom and called her at least 2 -3 times a week.  I am very lucky if I  get a call  from my family once every 3-6 months. 

Although grandkids are pretty good at calling, as they get to a certain age.... it does begin to get less and less more frequent.  The once a month call turns into once every 2-3 months. 

 I realize that their lives are getting really more social and busy with activities,  but it does not make it any easier to deal with and you don't miss them any less.

I miss both of my parents so much and would give anything to have them both back to talk to!  It really hurts to grow older and less important to your family..... I guess we get to the age that we are not needed as much!

My  big brother has just moved to the gulf coast and  much closer to me,   so I am really looking forward to spending more time with him very soon....  

Hope your Mothers day was full of love and family....  even though mine was pretty quiet around here , I know I am loved ! That is what matters most!

Monday, May 4, 2015

My Classes are Growing!

I am getting excited about all the possibilities in creating that my new students will be experiencing in the next class "Netted Bezel Lace Rings".  Experimenting with this new technique in lacing bezel rings is so much fun to do! Next class will be Wednesday May 20th at 10AM -1PM

My students help me decide what will be taught in our classes.  Before the end of my classes, I  ask them what they want to see taught in next few months... and they tell me!  I also like to get feedback on how much they learned and how well that I taught and what I can do different to help them learn what they need to to be successful. I allow them to ask me questions in my classes... I feel this is important and helps them feel better.

Our next class will be taught in my home studio in Milton, Florida and will be a window to expand the creative opportunities to all who dare to show up for it.  Most of the class time is " hands on" teaching instead of lecturing and they get to take home at least one or more tutorials they can study at home.

Lacing techniques are the "next step" to mastering a very beautiful framing technique for pendants and rings and this is what I will be teaching this next session.

If you want to expand your jewelry making into some very beautiful artistic creations or just join in to have some creative fun... then you wont want to miss this class.  I do not pressure my students to have perfection the first time... because this is not the most important thing in my class.  I like to stress that my students "have fun" and not worry about how perfect the first piece is.... and to just know that will happen with practicing the technique at home.

You know experimenting with creativity is how I have built my designing and jewelry art business to what it is today..... and it continues to grow every week that I spend creating and teaching.  All of my students are expanding as well,  and growing into into very creative and talented jewelry artists who will one day learn their "special niche" that makes them love what they do and want to awake everyday just to create beautiful artwork.

Classes do fill very fast .... so contact me very soon if you want to "play" with us!

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