Friday, June 26, 2015

Colleen Moody Ornament Class

I am so excited to announce that Colleen Moody will be teaching a mini workshop for us South Bay girls on October 24th!! It's hard to imagine that anyone doesn't know this amazingly talented lady, but just in case you're new to her, her work has graced covers of Somerset's Art Doll Quarterly, many articles have been published with her creations, she travels far and wide to teach & she offers killer workshops in her gorgeous home in Danville. Colleen will be selling her one-of-a-kind dolls and creations in some upcoming events...if you can get to her table fast enough, you might be able to snag one of these beauties!! You better believe I'm going to be'll see this wobbly pregnant lady - big curly hair blowing as I sprint (LOL) to Colleen's table!!

If you would like to attend one of these events, here are the links for three upcoming delights!

Ok, back to class...teeHee. Seating is limited to 12, so get your seats early on - first come first seated!!! Here are the details ya'll, oh and the paypal button is set up on the right tab.

What: Snow Princess Ornament
When: Saturday, October 24, 2015 (11-5pm)
14090 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Cost: $85
Lunch: Subway, Starbucks and Los Gatos Pizza are near by for lunch or pack a brown bag
Snacks & Water will be provided

You will receive a pre-sculpted (dry) ornament and will also sculpt your own from scratch.  You will finish the pre-sculpted one in class and will have your sculpted piece to finish at home.  So basically you're getting 2 ornaments for the class price!! WooHoo! No experience required - Colleen is an amazing teacher and you'll be blown away at how tremendous your Snow Princesses come out! I will warn you in advance, paper clay creations are very will want to cover your tree and home in them for all seasons.  This truly is a class you won't want to miss!!

Supply List.

paint for bodice (sample is in blue)
1/4 inch wide ribbon
handkerchief or bit of fabric for skirt
lace for underskirt approx 3.5 x 16 (optional)
sewing needle
medium paint brush
short liner brush

Monday, March 2, 2015

Diane Cook Summer Workshops

Diane Cook

Mixed Media Jewelry Artist

Jewelry Designer/Teacher

Diane has created art since she was 6 years old, but it wasn’t until she attended her first art retreat in Hampton, Virginia, did the artistic life she yearned for suddenly begin.  That’s when she discovered dreams really do come true….as now, she is living it!
Her love for using vintage jewelry and components, especially vintage rhinestones in her designs, has become an ever constant source of inspiration.  When not teaching and designing jewelry, her love for photography and mixed-media art, constantly keep her preoccupied.
Diane has been published in Belle Armoire Jewelry, Artful Blogging, Somerset Memories, Jewelry Affaire, Marie, Jewelry the zine.  You can also find her work in several books, Bead Soup by Lori Anderson, The Missing Link by Cindy Wimmer, and in a mixed media art competition book published by North Lights, called Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media.  She was also a contributing artist in Kristen Robinson’s eBook, The Romance of Mixed-Media Jewelry, and was honored to be a Guest Curator for, sharing her story of how Art Saves, in May, 2010.
Diane has joyfully been making art, designing jewelry and sharing her love for teaching full time, since retiring in 2010.  She teaches two online classes each summer at an online art retreat, called Artful Gathering, and teaches locally as well as nationally, having taught at Art Unraveled in Phoenix, Arizona, Adorn Me in Houston, Texas, Gilding the Lily in Fullerton, California, Studio Crescendoh in Santa Ana, California, Ephemera Paducah in Paducah, Kentucky and at ArtBLISS in the Washington DC area.  She also is a core instructor for Vivi Magoo Presents, which has jewelry/mixed-media art retreats in Round Top, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona.

Now that we've shared this tremendous talent with you, we would like to introduce her classes scheduled for this June 2015!  Doing a happy dance, because I absolutely cannot wait to do both of these classes -- and I know you're gonna freak out too!!!

What: Repoussé Hearts
When: June 19 2015, from 10-5
2196 Lincoln Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
Cost: $175 (kit included)
Lunch: Southwestern Chicken Salad, Tomatillo Dressing & Chips and Salsa
Lunch is Lexi's treat, so you can keep playing without worrying about traveling for food!

Repoussé, a method of decorating metals in which parts of the design are raised in relief from the back or the inside of the article by means of hammers and punches.  The name repoussé is derived from the French word pousser, “to push forward.” This ancient technique, which has been used extensively throughout the history of metalworking, achieved widespread popularity in Europe during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.
If you have been waiting to try this technique, wait no more.  The time is now…as I will share “my style” of designing repoussé hearts, which will be the main focus in this class.  And, how about adding another great technique to the mix…torch fired enameling!  Yes, you’ll have the option to add a bit of enamel work, including the technique of sgraffito, to your design, which makes for many beautiful and unique combinations. 
Forging and annealing heavy gauge wire will also be covered and is an option to use in class, if you desire a choker.  But, if that’s not your style, bring along a bit of extra goodies to complete a necklace.  Whatever you choose to design, it’s sure to delight.  Come join me for the day, as we work some metal magic.

Class Handout & Heart Patterns
Brass Wire, Round & Square
Micro Attachments
Sanding Pads & Synthetic Steel Wool
Tiny Screwdrivers/Nut Drivers
Soldering Stands/Torches/Fuel
Fire Bricks/Heat Resistant Surfaces
Quenching Bowls/Pliers
Dremel Tool/Drill Bits
Face Masks/Disposable Gloves
Texture Hammers/Brass Mallet
Metal Stamps/Chisels
Patina Solutions/Finishing Wax
I will have a couple of the following for use in class, but bring your own if you don’t want to wait:
Metal & Hardwood Dapping Sets
Heavy Duty Cutters & Safety Glasses
Student Supply List:
Brass &/or Nickel Silver Sheet Metal, 22-24 gauge, at least 1- 6”x 6” piece
Copper Sheet Metal, 22-24 gauge, at least 1-6”x6” piece
(24 gauge will only be used to Repoussé in class.  22 gauge can be used as the base/bail or additional embellishment)
Jewelers Saw/Saw Blades (#4/0, 5/0 or 6/0) or
Metal or French Shears (I prefer French)
Bench Pin
Metal Jewelry Files, #2 (flat &/or half-round) & Needle Files

What: Encrusted Cuffs & Earrings
When: June 20 2015, from 10-5
1709 S. Main St., Milpitas, CA 95035
Cost: $130
Lunch: Please pack a brown bag lunch or Jack n Box is across the street
Muffins and Water will be provided by Lexi


Cuffs are so easy to just slip on and go.  So….what do you say?  Let’s make some that are over the top, and dripping with your favorite gemstones, snazzy beads, pearls, or vintage goodies, such as rhinestone buttons, vintage lace, or super cute charms.
And, just so you have some cool hoops to match your gorgeous cuff, I’ll show you how to design these too.  Come join me for a packed full day of bending, layering, winding and wrapping.  It’s going to be FUN!

Materials supplied by Instructor plus use of tools includes:
Sanding Pads
Patina Supplies & Renaissance Wax
Disposable Gloves
Torches & Fuel
Fire Bricks & Heat Resistant Surfaces
Quenching Bowls & Pliers
Power Max Flush Cutters or Fat Daddy Cutters  

Students should bring:
Brass or Copper Wire, 12 gauge, approx. 40-46”for each cuff & 6” for each set of hoops
Copper, Brass or Sterling Silver Wire: 20-22-24 gauge (make sure the wire fits thru the holes of your gemstones, or other goodies) (Please patina your wire before coming to class, if possible)
Sterling Silver Wire, Half-hard, 20 gauge, approx. 2’ per pair of hoops
Sterling Silver Wire, Half-hard, 22 gauge, approx. 4’ per pair of hoops
Gemstones, variety of sizes (8-6-4-2mm), (I like to use a variety of raw & mystic gemstones)
Pearls (Keishi, Freshwater, Coin, Seed)
Small Foil Lined Glass Beads &/or Czech Glass Beads, Seed Beads &
Gemstone Drops (drilled top to bottom), or your choice of bead for the hoops
Beading Mat
Pliers: Chain-Nose, Flat-Nose & Round Nose Pliers
Metal Hole Punch Pliers, 1.25-1.8mm
Square Mandrel, Large seen here
Wrap & Tap Pliers, Large seen here or Bail Making Pliers, Large, 6x8.5mm seen here
Nylon Jaw Bracelet Bending Pliers seen here
Wire Rounder Set or Cup Bur seen here or here
Flush Cutters
Ball Peen Hammer
Rawhide or Plastic Mallet
Steel Bench Block
Bench Pad or Rubber Bench Block
Flat Jewelry File, #2
Tape Measure, Flexible

Optional Supplies:
Vintage Rhinestone Buttons-a variety of sizes & shapes
Vintage Keys (such as a Diary Key)
Tiny Vintage Watch Faces
Tiny Charms or other small goodies that can be wired onto your cuff
Vintage Lace or Sari Silk
Work Light, preferably battery powered

Questions? email Diane at Website:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kristen Robinson and Ruth Rae April Workshops

The Story As Told

With Kristen Robinson and Ruth Rae
When: April 17, 2005 6-9pm
Where: Intrepid Thread, hosted by Lexi Grenzer
1709 S. Main St., Milpitas, CA 95035

There is something quite magical about old books and the stories locked within them. Join Kristen and Ruth as they walk you through creating this wee little etched metal book with a plethora of secrets locked within. To top things off a custom bale created with etched metal as well as a wee little birds nest will be composed to finish the tale.

Please Note – All metal will be etched for you ahead of time, as time will not permit us to do so in class. Kristen and Ruth will provide etching instructions to anyone that is new to etching.

Kit Includes:
Etched Metal
Etched Bale
Silk Ribbon
Pearls and Crystals
Book Text
Please Bring:
Flat Nose Pliers (or forming pliers Kristen will have these for sale as well)
Round Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters
Tin Snips

Bench Block and Bench Pillow
Metal Jewelry File

Sweet Bliss – Plaster and Wax Collage

With Kristen Robinson and Ruth Rae

Where: Intrepid Thread, hosted by Lexi Grenzer
When: April 18, 2005 10-5pm
1709 S. Main St., Milpitas, CA 95035

Plaster and wax do not sound as though they are perfect together or sweet by nature; however there is no doubt they truly are just that. Join Kristen and Ruth as they teach you an innovative and very charming way to integrate wax, plaster, paint and cardboard to create a lovely piece of art. Different styles and samples are sure to inspire you to leap out of your current creative box and delve right into an entirely new realm of artistic fun! Everyone will leave class with at least one completed piece.

Kit Includes:
Plaster Wrap
Fabric Scraps

Please Bring:
Scissors – These Should Not be Your Best Scissors As They Are for Plaster Wrap
Acrylic Paint
            - Assorted Colors of Your Choice In Your Palette (at least three)
            - Crème Acrylic Paint
#2 Pencil
Paint Brush
Paint Palette or Plate
Cup for Painting Water

Craft Mat
Rubber Gloves if you are sensitive to plaster
Heat Gun – We will have these on hand to share

Cross-Over Apron

With Ruth Rae and Kristen Robinson

Where: Intrepid Thread, hosted by Lexi Grenzer
When: April 19, 2005 10-5pm
1709 S. Main St., Milpitas, CA 95035

Included in Class Cost:
A cross-over apron pattern fits sizes (6-24)

Supply List:
Sewing machine
*Free motion or darning foot (optional)
*Regular sewing foot
*Ruffler foot (only if you have it. I will show you a few different ways to make ruffles)
Pins (optional)
Sewing machine threads to go with your fabric and a color for free motion.
Iron and iron pad - an iron and mat is available at the studio to share as well
Scissors or rotary cutter and
Cutting mat (optional) - a large mat is available in the studio to share as well
You will be providing your own fabric, here are the dimensions needed:
**2 yards medium weight fabric (this is for your apron and pockets.)
1/2 yard or 1 yard of fabric if you want to make a lot of ruffles. ( I often use a few different fabrics when I make ruffles)
Any embellishments like Lace, ribbon, trim or buttons that you would like to use
You will learn how to cut out your pattern and design and sew your crossover apron and how to free motion sew words and doodles on your apron as well as how to make ruffles and a fabric flower.

*This optional foots are for those of you who have them. You can absolutely make the apron without the three foot options.  They are used for embellishments and free-motion writing of words.

**Keep in mind that we are doing our class at Intrepid Thread, one of the Bay Area's most delicious fabric stores.  It's a hidden treasure, and you can find patterns & fabrics found no where else!!!