Artisan geode/druzy toggle clasp

A To Bead True Blue Workshop [select another show]

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Instructor: Laura Stamper
Laura grew up in the expanses of rural Minnesota. The natural beauty of the countryside greatly influenced her creative endeavors. “I was always making things with mud and drawing animals on walls,” Laura says. Today she creates one of a kind wearable sculptures that celebrate nature and the female form. “I have never had a shortage of imaginative and creative thoughts,” Laura says. “The work often leads me to see new things that my hands are anxious to make.” Much of her inspiration is rooted in story. Each piece of miniature wearable sculpture has its own personality and its own story to tell. Laura studied as a painter with an emphasis on portraiture. “My first love was painting and illustrating. When I approach a new piece, I think in terms of color, composition and negative space.” In 1991, the creative process drew her to work with clay. Laura began by drawing whimsical pictures on her ceramic pieces and glazing them. In 1993, she took the process one step further and sculpted the porcelain to make her jewelry. As the work evolved, Laura developed a desire to work with metal so that she could incorporate the porcelain miniatures with other materials. In 1996 she studied with an accomplished goldsmith to learn techniques in jewelry fabrication. For several years, she created animals and sculptural portraits in jewelry.

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Location: To Bead True Blue
Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: January 28, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Fees: $90 » kit included

This is the perfect class for beaders who would like to try their hand at silversmithing. Students will design and make a one of a kind focal toggle, using a slice from an agate geode. Basic fabrication techniques will be taught including an intro to non traditional stone setting skills and techniques in embellishments.

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