Monday, January 9, 2012

Bead and Button classes

Registration opens tomorrow.  Don't forget that Cristina Leonard and I are teaching 4 classes at B&B.

Metal Etching 101 is on Wednesday evening

Riveting: A Keepsake Pendant is both Friday evening and Sunday morning

And the Mixed-Metal Layered Acid Etched Pendant is all day Saturday

I've been going to Bead and Button for what seems like ages. Probably from the 3rd show that they ever held. I've only missed one since I started attending.  This will be the 12th year for the show.  The first was in Portland and all the rest have been in Milwaukee. 

Cris and I meet there about 4-5 years ago. We took a class fact it was a class with Anne Mitchell. We struck up a conversation and we've been BFF's ever since.  Every year after that we've managed to take most if not all our classes together.  This year is a new adventure for us in that we are teaching....and it's going to be a blast!!!!!  There are quite a few basic techniques being taught in each of our classes and we're going to make it fun. So sign up early and often. :))

If you've never been to Bead and Button you really need to go.  They advertise it as the biggest consumer bead show in the world and they are right on that.  I've been to quite a few bead shows and this is the largest and by far the best.  There are over 750 classes over 10 days and the vendor exhibit has over 360 booths.  First time attendees usually get blown away by the size, choices, and the shopping...and shopping....and shopping. 

I still get blown away.  It's an extended week of catching up with old friends and making new ones.....of learning new techniques and making some really great jewelry pieces....and buying lots of treasures in the vendor exhibit.  At the end of it I am exhausted...but a good exhausted....fill with lots of memories.

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