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Saturday, 18 July 2009

First workshop

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This is somewhat a backdated post since the workshop was in June but I reckon I have to just get it done or I'll have even more backlog of stories to post. There's still the glass bead making and metal clay course that I wanted to talk about and I'm going for a beginner silversmithing course next weekend already! I've just got a feeling that next month ahead would probably be just as insane! I'm pretty much done with all the jewellery making courses already but then, there's still some visitting to do!

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Seeing how much free time I have, Aunt Jenny asked me one day if I would like to conduct a jewellery making workshop at Funky Pots. She told me to come up with a simple project which can be done by beginners, prepare the leaflet and what not and she can help me to put up the advertisement in Funky Pots.





I gladly said yes. I feel like I needed some variety in the things that I do. Making jewellery has become a little monotonous already and I just think it would be great to have some form of an an interaction with people, especially with jewellery maker enthusiasts alike!

Somehow, without too much deliberation, I already knew what the project for the first workshop would be. A bead charm bracelet. :)



I'll tell you why I think a this is great for a beginner's project.

For one, you basically learn the very basics in wirework which will then allows any beginner to explore further in this craft of jewellery making. The fundamental basic here is the making of 'lolly loop' and the opening and closing of jump rings. With the knowledge of these two, anyone can go on creating more jewellery pieces; necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

Secondly, I think charm bracelet are very effective, in the sense that it uses only simple techniques to bring about great result, which does in fact serves as a great confidence booster to go on making jewellery.





This is Sarah. She has been hanging out in Funky Pots West Bridgford doing pottery painting for a while now. When Aunt Jenny first encouraged her to join the workshop, she was a little hesitant because she was worried that she might not be able to finish completing the piece during the workshop and it appears to be a bit difficult to her.

Aunt Jenny nevertheless manage to persuade her to join the workshop and she got hooked with jewellery making ever since! LOL... Yes, she found out that it was not that difficult after all!

And one thing you'll realize through this project is how much the final piece actually says about the maker. Very interesting...... like some sort of a personality test or something...... LOL...








Ouh, and my students were very fast learners too! ;) Or..... they actually had a good instructor! :P




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2 hollers:

corra said...

Can I join the class please? I will fly there and you will hire me, is that okay? XD

Wendy Sue said...

LOL, corra....!! Well, you can always fly here but I dun think I can afford you lor. Maybe we can have a joint workshop tho.... you'll teach wirework n I'll teach beading. ;)

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