On to the workshops! The first one was called "Back On The Chain Gang" and over two outrageously hot days (I am talkin' about the weather people - sheesh!), Kieth taught us how to make our very own beautiful jumprings and clasps and fancy links. He got us to experiment with steel wire so that we understood its properties and led us through the very beginnings of chain making to the final clean and polish.
These are some of the samples that Kieth showed us - most he made althought there are a couple he found as well.
Here is some of the work we made. Some of us couldn't resist making our links and so forth into wearable pieces.
I really like the way JoJo took the skills Kieth taught us and just ran with it, imbuing her work with her very own style!
... no, no, not "walk like an Egyptian" - he told us to go home and use the process we had learned straight away. At least once because then it will stick in your brain even if you don't get to revisit it for a while. So I did. This is what I made ....
I may need to make several hundred more of these to make them as pretty and as finished as Mr Lo Bue's but thanks to 'teach', I am on my way!
That is enough showing off for now. I will share some more. Soon.