Scratch ‘em Up Fine Silver Earrings

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Instructor: Despina “Espie” Buoncristiani
Despina Buoncristiani, aka “Espie” has been intrigued with jewelry making since she was a teenager, taking apart old necklaces and creating new pieces with the vintage beads that were harvested. As an adult, with her graphic design background, it seemed a natural progression for her to revisit her creative past, now utilizing her design skills to create unique jewelry pieces. Despina’s early creations were mostly beaded projects, which she sold during trunk shows at Nordstrom. For the past few years Despina has been working with Metal Clay. She received her Art Clay Silver Level I Instructor Certification in September of 2013 and her Senior Instructor Certification in June of 2014. She has been teaching Metal Clay along with a variety of other jewelry making techniques at local bead shops and shows for the past 4 1/2 years. Today Despina enjoys mixing her skills in Metal Clay along with her old school metalsmithing techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces. ln the pursuit of advancing her skills, she continues to educate herself, learning new techniques which in turn she shares with her students. You can see what Despina has been up to lately by following her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DespinaBuoncristianiJewelry and/or Instagram at DespinaBdotcom.

Currently not available.
Skill Levels: All- Metal clay and torching experience helpful but not required.
Dates/Times: July 26, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $125

Join me to create a one-of-a-kind pair of Fine Silver dangle earrings, which you will design your own custom texture for! This is a technique you will love to use over and over again. Once your components are constructed they will be refined and put into the kiln to fire. Once fired, you will construct your earwires and connecting loop with Sterling wire and solder them into position. Lastly, a patina will be added to bring out the beautiful texture you created. These are certain to become one of your favorite pair of earrings!

Previous metal clay experience is helpful but not required to successfully complete this project. Torching experience helpful but not required. If you have any concerns about your experience level, please call or email Despina to discuss.

Class Fee includes use of tools, consumables, Fine Silver Clay, Sterling Silver wire, and Silver solder.

To register and pay for this class please call 626-963-8541 or email Despina at despina@despinab.com.

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