Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Mixed Media Art Charms & Jewelry
I'm not exactly sure how I discovered the new Art Charms group at Yahoo, but before I knew it I had joined. I have never made jewelry, and I don't count the one class I took in college years ago because it was totally uninspiring and unproductive. It ranks down at the bottom of my college experience along with the weaving class I took.
The group was started by Peggy Krzyzewski and Christine Hansen, very talented artists who have had years of experience teaching jewelry making, metalworking, and making lampwork beads. Of course, I just had to purchase their book Making Mixed-Media Art Charms & Jewelry.
This book is a wonderful resource because it opened up a whole new world of making art charms and also because it is great for the beginner as well as experienced jewelry makers. As a group, we have been going through the book chapter by chapter trying all the techniques. The really fun part is all the incredible swaps, and there is no pressure to participate, it's a matter of choice. So far, I've participated in quite a number of swaps and have received amazing charms in return. Experience in this group ranges from new to very experienced. The focus is on having fun creating, and members are so supportive and willing to share. If you'd like to learn to make amazing art charms and have fun doing it, this group is for you!