Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Twisted Sistah Choker and Cuff Workshop

So many of you have requested that I offer my Twisted Sistah class here on the Central Coast of California after I returned from Adorn Me! Well, I have selected the date and here are the details. I have expanded the 1-day class and created a 2-day class just for you. Not only will we be designing the Twisted Sistah choker but a cuff as well and making our own fused fine silver chain.

The workshop will be July 10 & 11 and take place in my cozy studio.....so seating is very limited. The flyer above has the full scoop. Just call or email me if you are interested in securing your spot in this great workshop. Resin, free-form wire wrapping, wire weaving, and fusing techniques will be presented.
Hope to see you!
Ta Ta

Monday, March 15, 2010


For those of you who were not able to join Riki and I in our February "Charming Romance" class, we have a few spots left in our April 10 & 11 workshop. The workshop will be held in Riki's studio here on the beautiful Central Coast of California. This workshop is packed full of techniques -- basic PMC and molding techniques; basic metalsmithing using mini hardware to connect your metals; etching and assemblage of a one-of-kind charm bracelet. Click on the above flyer for more details. You may contact me via email to secure your spot: belladonna1351@charter.net.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Etsy Listings


I have finally listed a few items for sale on my Etsy store which has stood empty for ever so long.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Truly Adorned

These are just some of the beautiful faces and souls of my students that I was privileged to spend last week at ADORN ME! with. It has taken me a few days to catch my breath, unpack, and ruminant on all of the inspiration, genuine warmth, friendship, laughter, support and magic that seemed to be a constant at this premiere event. I commend Linda and Chuck Young on the execution of a 1st rate mixed media jewelry art retreat. Speaking from both a teacher and student's point of view, everything ran smoothly, the hotel was beautiful, the staff accommodating and attendees so kind, welcoming, and full of creative energy. Thank you to all of you for making my first teaching experience at a national retreat a superb one. I loved teaching, loved all of you who chose to spend a day or two with me in my classes, loved the classes I participated in...loved it, loved it!

Here are a few of the Twisted Sistah chokers in progress.....aren't they divine! Resin filled bezels stand drying, eager to join the encrusted chokers as well as chains and wire wrapped beads. I was so very PROUD of my students, they did a beautiful job of their pieces.

Meet Karen. Karen chose to hang a gorgeous vintage rhinestone piece from her choker....it was all that I could do to keep myself from slipping that piece into my bag....simply stunning, Karen! Karen was also in my Encrusted Viking Knit Choker class and in the picture on the right is weaving her Viking Knit.

And then there was VENDOR NIGHT. What a blast that night was. I truly didn't know what to expect and was over-whelmed by the attention my pieces received. I returned home with only a few pieces and am so very grateful for those of you who purchased my creations. May you wear them in good health and feel the love that went into each element.

There was a lot of picture taking amongst the artists. In the photo above you see (from left to right) Ruth Rae, Amy Hanna, Stephanie Rubiano, Pam Garrison, and yours truly. In the photo on the bottom left you will find Jane Salley, Keith LoBue, and Richard Salley. I took Keith's "Back to the Chain Gang" class which opened my eyes to a lot of new tricks. I must say that Keith has such an infectious smile, exudes a charming charisma and so, so extremely talented and a generous artist.

And then there are the FRIENDS.....both new and old. Look at those sweet smiles of my treasured friends Diane Cook and Riki Schumacher in the upper left....you've got to love them. In the next picture is Charlene Gray, Melissa Manley and myself as we dine on yummy Tex-Mex food. Charlene was SUCH a help to me at Adorn Me! helping me set up my class and vendor night. Charlene's heart is huge and I so appreciate her friendship and giving spirit. Thank you Charlene! Then there is Melissa Manley.....what a talented lady she is. I was introduced to enameling as I participated in her Hard Candy class. How exciting it is to add one more technique to my jewelry. In the bottom left photo, it's us Three Amigas again (Riki, Diane and I) in addition to Charlene in the back and sweet Deryn Mentock.
Oh my goodness then there are my new friends Rice Freeman-Zachery (with two dots over the "e" and pronounced like "Lisa" but with an "R") and her charming hubby Earl. Rice and Earl are writing a book on art retreats and were at Adorn Me! all week taking photos and taking notes. Rice writes for several of the Stampington publications....I know you have read her articles. What a "colorful" couple Rice and Earl are. I loved their clothes, their wit, their unabandoned laughter and joy of life. Rice hand dyes all of her and EArl's clothes and has such fun with color. I purposely highlighted some of the words in this section in orange as that obviously is Rice's favorite color. I have a new appreciation for ORANGE!

Now I would like to share a few of the new treasures I returned home with. Look at this outstanding hand-hammered copper bowl Melissa Manley designed. The following words are hand stamped into the bowl "The self is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere." ~C. Jung. Melissa was so very sweet and gifted me with the beautiful enameled bead wrapped in leather and tied with string. Thank you Melissa!

And Yes I was one of the lucky ones who purchased (actually traded) one of Riki's hand etched boxes. Riki did such an amazing job of these little gems.

These rings practically jumped out of their artfully decorated boxes and onto my fingers when I first set eyes on them. I had the pleasure of meeting Lorena Angulo from San Antonio on Vendor Night. I was so taken by her metal clay work. Her card reads "handcrafted artisan jewelry with soul" and soul these pieces and their maker truly do possess.
Well, that gives you a recap of my week in the heart of Texas. Great fun! News Flash....Within the next few days I will be listing some of my jewelry for sale in my Etsy store that has been empty for ever so long. Hope you will come by for a visit to see if there is a piece or two that you just can't live without.