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More classes

This week I took a 2-day Intermediate Lampwork class at Starleen’s Studio. She is an excellent instructor and really bends over backward for her students. These are beads from Day 1 here. The pink beads are a “striking” (read finicky) color called Rubino Oro, one of the best pinks out there. The one with flowers was done by Starleen, but it looked good with the encased frit beads. To their right is a study of how different families of glass act when molten, so they’re just plain rounds & spacers. Stringer/twisty application is in the center (staged on a goldstone stringer to get them to sit right), a Sahara bead (looks like a round candy corn), and an aqua feathered tab (sounds totally 80’s) . Day 2’s beads had to stay in the kiln to anneal, so I’ll get those in the mail later.

On Saturday my friend Mary and I are heading to NYC to take Sharilyn Miller‘s Twining Vines class. She lives in California and doesn’t come out this way much, and she’s one of the country’s top wire workers. Her book Bead on a Wire is one of my favorites.

New classes are starting at Sparkles, too! I just posted my December schedule.

As much as I love surfing the web to see what’s going on in the world, what I really need to be doing these days is making jewelry for the upcoming shopping season. Forgive me if I don’t post as often, the highlight of your day though it may be. I’ll try to slap stuff up on the Sneak Peek page as I make it, just to throw you guys a bone (you who are here for new stuff).

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New toys

Today I played around with my new disc cutter and dapping set. These earrings are the result. I cut discs out of sheet copper using several blows with a hammer (and then wrestled the disc cutter apart). Then I hammered the discs to give them a bit of texture and domed them using the dapping set. I drilled holes with my Dremel and added some freshwater pearls. I expect the copper to patina over time, which will give a more subtle look.

Can you tell I’m ready for fall?

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Happy Anniversary

I have been making jewelry since I was 6, either giving it away or selling it to my mom’s friends. When we moved to Delaware in 2003 I was really into decorating and sewing and gradually getting into beads again (all my supplies fit into a shoebox at that point). A year later I was having lunch with my pal Debora Haughton and wearing a necklace of brown sea glass wrapped in copper wire to show her what I had been working on. She said, “Cute necklace. You should sell that. I’ll have a party for people to come buy jewelry this summer.” I had sold my jewelry to people who asked, but I had never thought about having a trunk show or selling it to stores (like Debora also encouraged me to do). And that is when/why/how I went pro. I didn’t sit around thinking of how to get rich quick or what jobs I could do from home (the thought of commuting in my socks enamored me). God just dropped that one in my lap and I really feel a peace about what I do. Thank you to all those people who have helped AnneMade Jewelry grow in the past 2 years!