Here is a heads up on my favorite place to buy sterling silver wire. From July 29th-Aug.1 Thunderbirdsupply.com is having their quarterly super sale!!! You get the 500 oz price on any amount of forged metal supplies plus lots of other sale stuff. And their shipping options won't send you to the poor house.
On another note, Whimzy in Irvine is having me teach for the first time at their lovely establishment Sunday Aug.8. It's my tube earring class and they only have 2 sign ups meaning if we can't get at least 6-8 students the class will be dropped so if you have been wanting to take this class sign up now! All materials included (sterling wire, real garnets & pearls, findings, class handout) $55, 1-4pm. Go HERE to register.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Price: $60 (no materials) or $100 (all materials included)prepaid by 7/29
Over 100 years ago in a doll factory located in Thuringia,Germany, “Frozen Charlottes” dolls were manufactured. These hard to find treasures, broken and not, have become trophies when found and highly collectable among mixed media artists. It is the resurrection and collection of these enigmatic figures that guided me to make this necklace and share my techniques. You will learn Robins signature wire wraping techniques , soldering and miniature embellishment….making a tiny tiara for Charlotte, preserving her in a miniature vial and attaching it to a beautiful sterling silver & vintage finding necklace that you will learn how to make! Class fee is structured two ways: $60 for class only, material list below or $100 includes sterling silver wire, chain, vial, antique charlotte, vintage rhinestone findings and ephemera and everything else to make the necklace. All students will need to bring their own jewelry pliers and soldering equipment (list as follows). If you do not or can not bring your own soldering equipment, Robin charges a studio fee of $8 to use hers, first come first serve. Questions?
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Two back to back fabulous classes!!!!!!
Come join me for a last minute class this Friday July 9 at the GARDEN OF BEADEN in Upland Ca. 11-1p. Learn how to make the cutest wire nests to add to earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, mixed media and more! No experience or fancy equipment necessary. Bring your wire cutters and jewelry pliers if you have them. $45 includes enough material for 3 nests!!! Contact them ASAP (909) 949-7107
ALSO this Saturday July 10, Piecemakers Costa Mesa CA. 11-3:30. $50 fee includes LUNCH (yummy) and a good amount of supplies. Call 714-641-3112 to pay for class.......there's only a few seats left! Turn a plain bottle into a doll, necklace or vessel for keepsakes. Robin will show you fun and creative applications using wax, wire, assemblage, collage, solder, fibers, buttons, rusted metal, broken ceramic and doll parts . We will cover your bottle with salvaged, repurposed and new ephemera and turn it into a unique conversation piece. You should be able to finish 1-3 bottles. If time allows, we will learn how to paint a simple rose onto your chosen surface. Robin will supply one small bottle for each student, beeswax, wire, soldering iron, paint, melting pot, cheesecloth and expendables.
1 or more small and medium size (2-8 inches) old or new perfume and medicine bottles
Ephemera to personalize your bottles. This can include: chain, charms, vintage lace, buttons, broken jewelry, doll parts, toy pieces, millinery, keys, pearls, vintage text and patterns etc.
Optional: Hakko Soldering Iron, 40 Watt, Model 455 and equipment, beeswax, glitter, mica, small paint brush, annealed steal wire, pliers and wire cutters