Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Flameworking class: Cabochons for Snap Jewelry

Join me on Saturday, April 16th for Snap To It! Cabochons for Snap Jewelry.  See below for class info.
 If you've followed me here or on Facebook you know about the interchangeable snap jewelry I've been having fun making for the last couple of years. It's a trendy, fun way to make collectible jewelry that will coordinate with clothing.  To a flameworker it's a chance to perfect one's cabochon making skills, which can be transferred to other more traditional bezel setting techniques as well as this latest popular interchangeable jewelry style.  I'll be teaching this in a new class offered in my home studio in Los Gatos, CA on Saturday, April 16th.

As far as I can tell, it started with a company in Amsterdam called Noosa, that offered stylish, Boho jewelry that featured snap-in components called "chunks", made from metal, stone, ceramic, wood, glass, resin, and more. You can unsnap them and put new ones in every day to match whatever you're wearing, and the jewelry styles offer something for everyone. The trend has caught on and now there are a lot of companies making similar jewelry styles that all fit the same snaps. Brands that are generally interchangeable are Noosa, Ginger Snaps, and more. Snaps (also called chunks, poppers, and snap charms) come in different diameters and as many styles as there is imagination.

In the class we will learn all about cabochon mandrels and how to use and maintain them, how to size your work to fit the mandrels, what designs work well in this format, and how to finish them when they come out of the kiln. You'll also learn how to source and/or make jewelry that accepts these snaps, and how to display them at shows.

Students should bring any glass colors that they want to work with, didymiums, and any tools important for your most common designs.  To purchase and save your seat in this class click HERE.  If this class fills I will add a second one on Sunday, April 17.  If you prefer to pay by check or cash, just send me an email to save your spot.


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