Thursday, May 19, 2011

Community Enrichment Classes

Lately I've messed around with various things to fill my time. I need to volunteer but I also want to take a class. I love being in school. I do better when I am held accountable for something. I am not so great at self-pace classes, online, or tele-classes. In fact, I stink at those. I just don't have the discipline to do what I need to complete the class, as I would an instructor lead class.

My very first class jewelry project - Double Loop Chain
About ten years ago, I took a jewelry class in San Diego. I had a great time. I met a really nice woman, Deb, who I still keep in touch with. She is an incredibly talented jewelry designer. She really helped me take the next step in jewelry making. I have to give credit to her for teaching me to knot and work with silk. I love knotting pearls and over the years I've knotted thousands. Also, I love working with wire.

The photo above is a double loop chain made with 50 feet of 18 gauge round fine silver wire. The difference between fine silver and sterling silver is fine silver is .999 pure silver whereas sterling silver is .925 silver. Working with fine silver is cost prohibitive these days for this woman's pocketbook but I still mess around with sterling. This finished necklace is 29" long. This a very easy chain to make and the only tools required are a dowel, round nose pliers and wire cutters. Leave a comment if you would like me to email the written instructions.

What's on the Calendar this Summer?

Well, I just signed up for beginning acrylic painting. The class cost $59.00 at my local community college. I have messed around with painting before and I love doing it but I don't know squat about technique. The few art classes I have taken covered painting to some degree.  Specifically I took 3 classes - 2-dimensional design, 3-dimensional design and for fun Sumi Painting.

The Sumi Painting was a disaster. I just couldn't load the brush or hold the brush properly because I have too much upper body weakness. It really does require a certain amount of control to perfect the strokes. Below is a fine sample I found on google images of a Sumi painting created by an instructor.

I am really looking forward to this adventure in acrylic painting and look forward to sharing my experiences.


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Anonymous said...

Hey Kristen, such fond memories of going to school with you. I wish I could meet more precious people like you anywhere. Thanks for the high compliment on my jewelry making. I think I need those direction on the chain. I need to make a new bracelet. I love your beautiful designs too. I sure to miss you and love you. Take good care of yourself and I want to see what you paint in new class. You go girl!
your buddy
deb, san diego