Saturday, September 24, 2011

forever learning

mary jane dodd


this necklace (which is my submission for the art spark this month) is a result of years of practice and 3 techniques... 

i love learning... i love books and tutorials... the leaf above was born because i bought charles lewton brains's fold forming book, barbara lewis' enameling tutorial (though now she has a fabulous book) and took a class with ruth rae... not all at once of course, they built upon each other during 'what if' moments... 

but the first things i tried to do on my own were those that could save me money - like making my own hook clasps, ear wires and ball end headpins... once i figured those out - i got inspired to try more things on my own... it's addicting... 

there are so many wonderful retreats and large teaching venues - like some of you, i sigh and wish i could go... because of distance or money, some of us simply cannot... 

but what i have found is that there is a wealth of teaching out there... and most of it is very affordable... 

www.beaducation.com - has some really great online video classes... like bodacious bangle with kim st. jean... 

www.fundametals.net - has tutorials that start at $4

you can learn how to patina metal with missficklemedia for $20... this is an incredibly comprehensive tutorial that has taught me about more than patina... it was a great investment...  shannon has other tutorials on her site as well for $10 a piece... 

because i love books (and had some sales on etsy) i am going to treat myself to stephanie lee's 'handbook of elements' online class... 

our own patty lakinsmith has lampworking technique tutorials... 

one of my new personal discoveries is  nancy l hamilton - her videos are terrific... 

search etsy for all items - tutorial and there are 17,809 results... 


how about 'creating beautiful bead caps'? you can find it here...

purchase a jewelry magazine like step by step wire, belle armoire jewelry, or others and you will get stepped out directions and often photographs for each project... 

and what about youtube? free!

afraid to use a jeweler's saw? get some tips from susan lenart kazmer 

www.riogrande.com has over 100 videos there... 

the point is, there is so very much to learn and know - and you can do it at your own speed... at your financial comfort level... 

another nice thing about the videos is that before spending money on tools and supplies, you can get a feel for whether something clicks with you or not... 

personally, it isn't usually about the projects that i get excited (though they are beautiful and inspiring) - it is about the technique or some wonderful tip that takes me to the next level... 

and that is what i love so very much about this community - sharing and supporting so that we all can reach our potential... 

8 comments:

SummersStudio said...

Nice round up of tutorials. I think that learning something new, and incorporating it into your ever evolving work is what keeps me doing things. I like the challange of figuring things out.

stacilouise said...

Awesome! I LOVE you tube, and Art Jewelry Magazine has a lot of videos too. You can find a wealth of free learning tools online!

stacilouise said...

BTW- your leaf is wonderful, that drip of green says so much!!! I love the depth you put into your work!

Izzy said...

The leaf is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for all the info.

somethingunique said...

Hi Maire, wow what a nice supply of tutorials..thanks so much, i just purchased Shannon's tutoiral on forging links and can't wait to try it..i like you would love to take hands on workshops but living in Canada they are just too far and with a slow connection and i have to pay for everything i download videos are out for the most part..i have that stupid rocket stick from Roger and pay $100 a month for what they call high speed (NOT!!!)and the more you download the more it costs county living out here we have no choice no connections to high speed...anyway i look forward to checking out some of the links you have.
take care and enjoy your weekend ttfn Lana:)

Sharon said...

Your leaf is so lovely with that touch of green, a fitting tribute to the end of summer and autumn's arrival.

Thanks for the tutorial sites, very informative.

urbandon (Don Pezzano) said...

The leaf is lovely. Thats some list of tutorials!

Rajkumar Singh said...

So cute that leaf design of art jewellery blog. Thanks for share

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