Monthly Archives: June 2009

The Hammers in Lower Metals

One thing I really like about Penland’s metal studios are the abundance and availability of tools and equipment that many of us may not have access to in our own studios or workshops.  This is the rack of hammers in … Continue reading

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Assignment (or Challenge) One

The first day of class, I was excited, not sure what the class would bring or how it would be, but definitely looking forward to it.  After introductions, we gathered together to discuss jewelry, art, design, and creativity.  Then we were … Continue reading

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The Door to Lower Metals

This is the sign leading to what is called Lower Metals.  Penland School of Craft has two metal studios – one is upstairs and called Upper Metals, the other is downstairs and called Lower Metals.  Both times I have been at … Continue reading

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Seashells and Ceramic Beads

I think many of us that make handcrafted items are influenced at times by the seasons – I know I certainly am.  Summertime can inspire designs using shell, wood, and other beads that bring the beach to mind or have … Continue reading

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Yvette Earrings

I had these little olivine briolette beads and tiny teardrops and really wanted to use them in a pair of earrings.  The trick was figuring out how.  The first decision was what to string them on – beading wire or … Continue reading

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Bead Weaving Thread

For bead weaving, I use Nymo and C-Lon thread.  The little spools of thread in the bobbin case and the large white cone of thread are Nymo.  The three tubes of little spools are C-Lon.  Both are very strong given … Continue reading

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Yellow Flower Pendant

This pendant was made using the same technique used for the blue flower earrings, except I made two different components and developed a way to link the two components together.  It was not easy to get through.  I mean – physically.  The … Continue reading

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