I recently taught my first jewelry repurposing class and I was so impressed with the creations made by the fun group of women that attended. With some basic hand tools, a few demonstrations and a treasure trove of reclaimed beads, vintage pendants and mixed metals, we made diverse and beautiful renewed pieces of jewelry that can be enjoyed again.
Bringing treasured pieces that were broken, missing a mate or lost a bit of their inspiration, attendees arrived ready to learn at The Greenhouse at Ana Apple, a creative space for children of all ages to cultivate creative curiosity and develop community. Because we began with their own pieces with personal significance, we went beyond a general jewelry making class by creating one-of-a-kind pieces unique to their style and personality.
Making wearable jewelry designs, especially when working with existing objects, requires problem solving and sometimes out-of-the-box thinking. Devising attachments for Claire's fantastic redesigned necklace meant getting a little creative with wire shapes -- which happily worked out! Finding the appropriate length to finalize the piece was a quick process of trying on and adjusting. It's always great to have a second pair of eyes to offer feedback!
One of the things I enjoyed most was the community and rapport that quickly developed in the group; the ladies were happy to share their supplies and extra materials, cheered when a challenge was resolved, gave great feedback and style advice, and admired each other's finished pieces. That was the other thing I loved: how awesome the finished pieces turned out! The variety of looks that reflected each woman's individual style was a treat to see. Almost everyone left with a piece they could wear out the door.
Are you ready to try it for yourself? The next Jewelry [Re]Design class is scheduled Saturday, April 30! Grab a friend and sign up at anaapple.com/jewelry-redesign. Spaces are limited, so don't wait! I look forward to meeting you and seeing what we can create together!