Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Frozen Charlotte and Jewelry

Learn how to make this!
Frozen Charlottes and Charlies...
having a party after the lights go out....
Can you believe how tiny?
New shrine "before" soldering
New earrings for sale Etsy
Boy do I have fun making jewelry! I have been busy as you can see. I am thrilled to announce a new class that I will be teaching at Gilding the Lily on April,25....RUN, don't walk to her blog to sign up as we can only seat 7 people and as of this morning, minutes after it was announced, there is already a sign up! Nancy Jamar is the bomb! She owns Gilding the Lily and has a keen eye for just the right kind of ephemera, jewelry and so many unusual vintage findings...you got to go see her store in person! I feel very fortunate to be a part of her stellar line up of fantastic teachers. This particular necklace has NEVER been taught and is fashioned with GTL students and patrons in mind. It has a little bit of all the things I like...soldering, silver wire wrapping and miniature assemblage. Here's the scoop:



Charlottes Necklace~ Frozen in Time
Instructor~Robin Dudley-Howes
310-787-8704
akasha@shadesofakasha.com
robindudleyhowes.blogspot.com
11-4:30p
Teacher fee $60
Kit fee $35 payable to teacher at class (includes Sterling Silver wire, Frozen Charlotte and everything else to make the necklace except tools)
Level: Intermediate and up

Description

Over one hundred years ago in a doll factory located in Thuringia, Germany, Frozen Charlotte dolls were manufactured. These hard to find treasured bisque dolls, broken and not, become trophies when found and are coveted by mixed media and jewelry artists making them HIGHLY collectable. It is the resurrection and collection of these enigmatic figures that guided me to make this necklace exclusively for Gilding the Lily. You will learn some great tips and techniques in soldering, wire wrap and miniature embellishment…making a tiny tiara for Charlotte, preserving her in a miniature vial and attaching it to a beautiful sterling silver and vintage finding necklace that you will learn how to make. How fun is that! The kit will have ALL the sterling silver wire, chain and findings needed to make the necklace PLUS your very own Frozen Charlotte and the story behind her, a vial, pearls, glass glitter, vintage and new findings. All you need to bring is:

Jewelry pliers: flat nose, chain nose, small and large round nose. Wire cutters. Please do not bring pliers with teeth.

Soldering iron and equipment if you have it.

Please note that I will patina all the wire ahead of class. Directions will be given on how to do this at home along with general class notes. It is helpful to have some knowledge in wire wrapping and soldering for this class. Please contact me if you have questions.



On another note...... I want to give a big THANK YOU to HEATHER BLUHM for working with me in creating the new look for my blog. I wanted to go for a bohemian,gypsy theme and she nailed it. Check out her site to see all the other work she has mastered for more blogs. Thanks Heather!! You can click her name above or see her logo at the bottom to go to her blog.

20 comments:

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

once again, I'm so envious of your stash!

I just tried to get (I think it was) a lot of 150 on eBay - but I wasn't home when I got outbid.

If you ever find all your frozen charlottes who are without arm missing, you can probably just send the detectives to my house. ;-)

BellaLunaArts said...

Hi Robin,
I'm so excited about your new class at Lily! I had such a great experience with you last time I can't resist taking another.And those little Charlottes!!!!So very cool, their pics are wonderful and inspiring!

Lola Enchanted said...

I wish!!!!!!!!!!!! Those little babies are just adorable!!!! I too am envious of your stash!!!!!~

Maija said...

Your blog looks beautiful!!!!
I wish I could go to your charlotte class!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Those are amazing creations! ALL of them!

Ramona said...

Talk about fun blogs...sister you wrote the book! Thanks for stopping by to say howdy and...howdy right back at you. I love those babies! Great blog~a~rama!

Smiles ~ Ramona

Lisa Gatz said...

Thanks for the history lesson, I've often wondered about them.

I SO wish I could make the class! I will one of these days.

Recycled Rita said...

I love all your charlottes in the rice(?) That is an awesome picture! Where do you have them displayed? In the front porch? Oooo La la! Just yummy!
karen...

Recycled Rita said...

I love all your charlottes in the rice(?) That is an awesome picture! Where do you have them displayed? In the front porch? Oooo La la! Just yummy!
karen...

La Donna Welter said...

So very tiny!

Brenda Seaholm-Wampler said...

you hit the frozen mother load!!! WOW!

Denise said...

Congrats on the new class... and your earrings are very nice.... You gals that make this jewelry are very talented..... It is not my thing but I love to go and see what you all are up too........ AND your blog looks great! It is nice to have a little help from our friends.....

TattingChic said...

Oh, this is awesome! I so wish I had the extra cash right now! Ironically I can now drive up there as I have a new car now, but because of the car payment I can't afford the class for now, LOL! Oh, well! :)

Steph said...

Ohhhhh what a cool collection! Lovely necklace and earrings!

Sarah Zambiasi Art said...

Thats an incredible amount of Charlottes & Charlies... I thought I had a huge amount! I am curious to know where you found them:)

Sweet blessings, Sarah.

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Halo Hill said...

Oooooh, I wish you were closer! I love to solder, and love this piece!

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