Returning to Class
April 10, 2013
I had so much fun in the last session of Adult School that I signed up again.
This time it’s all earrings…my favorite things to make.
And learning all sorts skills and techniques…some review and some new.
Last night, oh my!
I have to say that there are only a few jewelry making areas that I swore I’d never get into.
Polymer clay, chain maille, and seed beading.
Well, last year I tried poly clay and loved it for certain things I was making.
Granted, I’m only doing some basic cookie cutter and paint kinds of beads.
Last night in class, Pam presented us with trays of sterling jump rings in four different sizes
and told us to grab some baggies and start counting out some.
My gut started churning…oh, no, Chain Maille, I thought.
Do I even have the eye sight, let alone patience for this??
The earrings we were going to tackle used the tapered Byzantine weave.
Or as some call it, Idiot’s Delight. I’d buy the idiot’s part.
Supplies: sterling open jump rings
24 22 g. (0.6mm)
24 20 g. (0.8mm)
24 18 g. (1.0mm)
4 16 g. (1.3mm)
This is where my appreciation for Pam as a teacher soared even higher…
she was so patient, calm, and encouraging with all of us.
Bringing our little messes to her to correct.
Then sending us back to work with an “atta girl”.
While I readily admit that these earrings have interesting detail in the weave
and a wonderfully fluid movement, this is a ONE OF A KIND for me!
Glad I gave it a try, but don’t need to do that again. I’ll leave it to the experts.
Speaking of which…David Plumlee.
If you’d like to see some fabulous chain maille, he’s one of the best around…