Story Booklace: an Intensive Three Day Journey into the Magic World of Jewelry Designs II

Back by popular demand is the wonderful booklace design, this time executed in nothing less than sterling silver.  This time around, too, the booklace can be worn either front or back, as both sides bear intricate designs:  the front (or back, if you wish) is hammered with either a poem or a statement, and the back is adorned with a vintage brass bezel, filled with resin and then attached by eyelets to the booklace cover.  Dangling from the bottom is one of my round sterling and resin charms, (one will be included in your kit), to be adorned with whatever bead or gemstone or trinket you wish. 

The pages within?  Whatever you wish.  This time, pages are left blank, so that they can be filled at leisure with handwritten sentiments.  You may wish to collage each page and then cover with protective mica before binding. 
We’ll have the pleasure of a very relaxed but technique-filled three days to explore the following applications:

  • Metal word hammering (how to keep the lines straight, how to center the words on the silver
  • Metal patina with liver of sulfur
  • Metal drilling and punching
  • Resin work (setting, curing)
  • Eyelet setting
  • Mica work
  • Wire bead drawing
  • Wire wrapping, including the “Nina knot”, my “honeysuckle vine” wrap, briolette wrapping, hook formation, and ribbon attachment
  • Copper mesh work (marginal)
  • “Cocoon” fabric and wire wrapped bead formation
  • Stone, glass, and porcelain drilling
  • Bead stringing with crimping beads and beadalon wire

The three day format will provide ample time for exploration of a variety of designs and one on one instruction with many reviews of techniques.