At least that's what it did to me. So, when I found out she was going to start offering online classes I jumped at the chance to take my jewelry making skills to the next level.
The Build Zone is all about the basics. So far, I've learned how to put a patina on silver and copper wire with both Liver of Sulphur and fire. I've learned how to wire wrap beads in a way that's less formal and stuffy and more artistic and expressive. I've learned how to make jump rings, twist wire, create links, make handmade clasps and re-use vintage clasps and elements. I've also learned how to use various hammers to both harden and decorate wire. I've learned design principals. I've learned how to use a torch!!
Needless to say, I'm having SO much fun!
Below are a few pictures of my first completed necklace. It is made with sterling silver wire, aquamarine and amethyst beads and in the center: moss quartz. I chose this particular stone because at its heart is a tiny crystal castle filled with magic... at least that's what I like to believe. :-)