I will be an instructor at BeadFest this year! I am so excited to be teaching here for the first time. I am offering a Painted Polymer Fossil Talisman class.
here is what the class samples look like
In the class you will learn to form an organic focal and accent bead in polymer clay, and then use paints and other materials to create a crackle antiqued finish on it. To finish it up, you learn to make it into a necklace mixing many materials, teaching some organic style wire wrapping, and using sari silk in your designs, along with chain.
In order to make sure I was prepared, I had some lovely ladies to my house for a test run of the class. I am so thankful I did. They were wonderful with tips about things they liked and didn't like in instructors they have had in the past. It also helped me to make a timeline for my class, so it runs smoothly. The practice class really helped me to nail down how to work through the project. I write a lot of tutorials, and teaching it live was a whole new ball game!
I was thrilled to see everyone work through all the stages of the class and go home with completed and wonderful projects! They did amazing....and I know it has opened a lot of possibilities up to them.
Here are the extra beads they got to make, since we had plenty of time to play
And here are their finished necklaces
I came away from the day with an amazing feeling- so, I know I am on the right track and that teaching is a good fit for me.
I also got great feedback from the ladies. They said it was packed with techniques and it was a very fun class to take. That was great to hear, because I really did want the class to cover a multitude of techniques (and who doesn't want their class to be fun?)
So, I will open this up to you guys as well, because I want to be the best instructor possible.....
I am open to tips, suggestions, and / or just fun stories of teaching or taking classes!
If you are interested in taking my class at Beadfest, you can sign up here
If you plan to come to Beadfest to shop, you can print this coupon and save $10 at the door- make sure to stop by and see me Booth #371! I will be selling my beads there as well!
It's a great time on the East Coast....I have more fun every year I go!