Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bead and Button Classes -Post Show

I haven't had a chance to post about Bead and Button.  After the show I went right back to work and then 9 days later went to the PMC Conference.  It was a very hectic month of June. 

The classes went really well.  Cris and I taught 4 classes.  The first etching class had 19 people in it.  Big class.  And it was held on the show room floor which didn't make for ideal conditions.  We could hear all the booths being set up for the vendors exhibit so we had to overcome the noise.  But it was a great class.  Everyone got a couple of pieces etched and tried both the PNP paper and drawing on the metal using a Sharpie marker as the resist. 

Our second class was also on the show floor and this time it was our class making the noise....it was a riveting class. It was fun to see women who had never rivetted before come out of class with that skill.  I remember the first time I had to rivet. I didn't think I would every be able to do it.  I've found that there are many things in metalsmithing that might seem daunting....come easily with practice and a good teacher.




The students in the Mixed Metal Layered Pendant Class got to learn both etching and riveting while making a pendant....or earrings...or a ring.  They all made great pieces. 












We ended Sunday by teaching another etching class.




It was a fantastic experience and a bit surreal.  Cris and I met at Bead and Button in a class.  Over the past 5-6 years we have scheduled most of our classes together.  And here we were....teaching...at a national conference. 

My partner in "crime" ...and all other things that are fun....

2 comments:

Kumi at Malie Kai Designs said...

I loved your Metal Etching 101 class! Both you and Cristina are great teachers and looking forward to what you will be offering next year at B&B!! Hugs!

Gail said...

Thanks Kumi...it was great having you in class!!