Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Rosary Class and Updates

I have listed two more bottle art dolls on my Etsy and more Frozen Charlottes. This Saturday (Aug.8) I will be having a demo and trunk show at Piecemakers in Costa Mesa to promote my classes. I'm working a henna party on Sunday and teaching a rosary class Monday night!!! Plus my family wants me to come to San Diego and go camping this week! I need a clone!

I met with Andy yesterday at Handmade Galleries in Sherman Oaks Ca. and it looks like it's a go. Great gal and store. I should be teaching there this fall and will probably rent a booth space to sell my wares. As most mommies know trying to keep up the domestic duties, work and make things to sell is quite a balancing act and it makes me a little nervous to commit on a consistent basis but then on the other hand having a commitment, goal or deadline more often then not opens new techniques and ideas. Wish me luck!

Lastly, I have been asked to teach a rosary class. We have 3 seats left. The Here are the details:

Location: Topanga Canyon (contact me for addie)
Date: Monday night, Aug.10
Time: 6-9ish
Fee: $40
Level: Beginning
Kits are available for $20


The beauty of a rosary has no boundaries. It can be simple and practical or over the top gorgeous! So much so that you will want to wear it. Catholic or not the techniques you will learn in this class will serve as a stepping stone for other rosaries and jewelry as I guide you into making the perfect links and jump rings. The following is a list of supplies and resources you will need.

Beads or crystals with holes big enough to fit through your wire

Cross and connector

3-5 feet of 20 or 22 gauge wire. Either of these gauges should fit through your bead. Any gauge higher than 22 is too weak. Do not buy craft wire or wire purchased from a craft store. It will break eventually and I won’t be able to show you proper jewelry construction. My suggestions are sterling silver round half hard (not fine silver), gold-fill round half hard, brass, copper or bronze. Please make sure you get half hard if you choose sterling or gold. I will explain why in class.

Most wire can be purchased through thunderbirdsupply.com. Sometimes your local bead store will have sterling or gold. Copper and brass can usually be found at your local hardware store in the plumbing section (I love my Ace Hardware). Bronze wire can be purchased through cooltools.com

Pliers: small or baby round nose, flush wire cutters, chain nose. Optional: flat nose and large round nose. Some words of wisdom about pliers. Do not bring tools from your dad or husbands tool box and no pliers with teeth. We are making jewelry (so to speak). Bring jewelry pliers. My pliers of choice are made in Sweden from Lindstrom. Swanstrom is good as well. If you plan on making lots of rosaries or jewelry, invest in good tools. Resource: riogrande.com

Optional supplies: bead caps (double the amount if you will use with each bead), spacer beads.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Recycled Rita said...

Hey Robbie,
I am still coming...you still have me right? Let me know...karen...

Narrative jewelry said...

Hi Robin (or may be your clone...)

Hope you find time to do all what you have to do...

It's a pity i can't come and have this so interesting workshop. I love all things rosaries (except the cross) and am curious about what you gonna do with them.

Good luck.



Lisa Loria said...

Hi Robin:
I wanted to thank you for last Saturday's class at Gilding the Lily.
Love my soldered pendants and I have ordered my glass grinder and all of what I need to be off and running.
Do you ever do boutiques or shows?
Take care,
Lisa Loria

Dianna said...

Oh, I blew it..... I wish I knew you were at Piecemakers today. I was just hanging out and would have loved to come by and visit. I wish you luck on getting it all done, I know how it is with commiting and all. But your amazing so you can do it.

rivergardenstudio said...

I love all of your new work and the way you photograph it! Your workshop sounds wonderful... Roxanne

Holly Loves Art said...

Oooh I just love it here, Robin! It's fun to come for a visit and such beautiful things to see... LOVE the cat sculpture below. It's amazing! Loving these gorgeous rosary necklaces. I rarely get rid of anything vintage but for some reason I must had given away my rosary beads that I got in the 80's... during the big Madonna craze! I used to layer them with other jewelry. It was so cute!

Keep up the beautiful work!!!

rebecca said...

my darling...so missed you at art unraveled. could not be the same without you, and your "side kick".
love to you and so happy for your new gigs!