Beau Dangles

Handcrafted Jewelry — Designed to be Different

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Okay. Not all of it. Just one week. But what a week!

I took “Introduction to Jewellery Making” at Red Deer College. It was one of numerous courses offered as part of the College’s Summer Art and Fine Craft Workshops. (Unfortunately as each course ends they delete it from the website so you aren’t able to see the array of offerings.)

The class was taught by Calgary goldsmith and metal artist Linda Chow. Not only does she do beautiful work she’s an amazing instructor.

She seemed to know exactly when to introduce new ideas and techniques so that we weren’t overwhelmed but also weren’t waiting to tackle something new.

The course focussed on working with metal, mainly copper and brass. There were 11 women in the class and although a few had done some work with metals most of us were beginners. We learned so many things — cutting and sawing, sanding and polishing, riveting, soldering, layout and design, colouring.

And we surprised ourselves with how quickly we gained confidence using acetylene torches. 🙂

The women in the class were such a creative group, sharing ideas and offering feedback.

As the days unfolded the techniques we were learning began turning into wearable art.

By the end of the week, our classroom looked like a jewelry store.

Copper and brass cuffs …

More cuffs, a necklace and earrings …

And more …

In addition to this introductory class Linda also offers a week-long self-directed course. I’m already looking forward to taking that one next summer!