I have designed the classes and workshops with all skill levels in mind.  The focus of the retreat is more on creativity than on difficult class projects.  You'll be stretched creatively all weekend to think outside the box and work nature into your jewelry in new and unexpected ways.

All class supplies are included.

Amazing Metals

Learn to cut, texture and shape metal into three different leaf shapes. We'll discuss and practice several ways to patina the copper leaves and they will be used in projects throughout the weekend. You'll created hand-forged leaf bead caps from copper to use with the hibiscus flower project.  Students will finish this class with a collection of leaves and bead caps.

Autumn's Splendor Polymer Clay Leaves, Berries and Acorns

Discover how to create polymer clay leaves that have an inner glow and capture the richness of fall's color palette.  Students will explore creating heapins from polymer clay and metallic powders. Learn to shape and secure the clay and wire for endless design possibilities.

We'll end this session with several ways to use the headpins and pendants including instructions for the Oak Leaf Pendant and Leaf earrings projects, shown above.


Hibiscus Flower Buds

Discover how easy and fun it is to form polymer clay into hibiscus flower buds for pendants and charms. You'll create a handful of blossoms during this class. Learn how to antique the flower buds and shape the wire into vines. To finish this session we'll use wire and headpins to transform the flower buds into two styles of pendants, shown below.


Autumn Treasures Necklace & Bracelet

In this class students will create wire components and findings for a necklace featuring the leaves and berry headpins. Create beaded beads for a splash of color and texture in this design.

The same techniques will be used to created a beaded bangle.

During the classes we'll discuss variations and design options for your own jewelry designs. Students are encouraged to experiment and get creative! 

Step by step directions and kits for these projects will be included and covered during retreat.