Sunday, July 26, 2009

Why I am Negligent

Well my class at Baum is almost over...I can honestly say I learned a lot. My intention was to post pictures of my creations at each step, but I lost my camera. I was just about to bite the bullet and buy another, when I found it again...now it just needs batteries. So, I have lots of photos to post in the next few days and some new listings for Etsy. I've had some success with the viking weave but have yet to make one to sell online...they seem to disappear as fast as I make them. I just started at multicolored, six petal, triple weave. Reenie it can be done ;).

I finished my dragonfly bracelet and hate the way I attached the bead. Sometimes things don't work out in reality the way the look on paper...so back to the drawing board, literally. I'll post the picture of it now, and maybe you'll have some suggestions for me??

I also took some additional commissioned pieces. I've finished several...all except the first piece I ever agreed to. I broke the focal stone. Can anyone recommend a good adhesive? It's a clean brake and does not show when the pieces are fit together. I've tried super glue...not so super; lock-tite didn't; and my gem glue which just made a gummy mess.

I learned to crochet this week and immediately began to try it with wire. The resulting bracelets are Lacy and beautiful...although not perfect. That will come with practice. I can't sell them either because of the time/cost ratio...I have about 6 hours into the first one..lol.

Finally, with the start of school only a month away, I graded my last final exam (I KNOW!!!). I also updated my class wiki and started a new wiki for the Mahoning Elementary PTO. I've got to commend PBworks for an easy to use, excellent product. I now just need to get together with my co-teacher for English 11 and finish my Moodles. I also need to prep a new syllabus for English 12 and start to put together my first month's worth of lesson plans. Soooo much stuff so little time.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sharing my craft

As part of my weekend in MD, I taught my sister how to do viking weave so she could help me prep. It wasn't a surprise that she LOVED the zen of weaving wire. She wanted to make herself a necklace of very fine copper weave and worked all weekend to finish it. Ultimately, we had no clue how long the piece would end up being after drawing, since I have never finished a piece in this gage before. So, when we pulled it through the last hole in the draw plate, she was a bit disappointed that it was not long enough to wear even as a choker. I offered to finish it off with some of the beads I purchased earlier in the day at the Bead Bungalow in Annapolis (awesome selection and class schedule if you live in the area). It was an absolutely wonderful collaboration and will be a treasured heirloom piece I'm sure.






Wire in the Wilderness update



The wire in the wilderness was a success!! I had a great day with the 2009 Camp Egret kids from Adkins Arboretum. We started off the day making beaded spiders. The kids were totally focused on choosing the "right" beads for their creations. After about an hour we had 8 ferrousious spiders marching across the tabletop.

After a break for lunch, we wire wrapped some polished stones and strung them on leather cords. The kids chose their stones carefully, picked just the right colored wire, and got busy with their tools. We worked with basic wire wrapping techniques and caged their treasures. They were so proud! I know one lucky mom who is getting an extra special birthday present this year.
















Finally, the Egrets tried their hand at Viking weaving wire. It is a bit tricky to get started, so my sister and I set them up with dowels that had the rough beginning done. One camper finished a bracelet, and three others managed to weave enough for key chains...the coolest one incorporated the spider they finished earlier in the day.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wire in the Wilderness

I'm off with the kids today to my sister's place in MD. Rob is, as usual, opting to stay home with the dogs and cats. I will be helping Reenie with her camp tomorrow, and conducting a wire working class in the middle of the woods...I promise I'll post pictures when I get back. The group is part of her camp series at Adkin's Arboritum and we will be wire wraping found objects to make pendants, creating our own viking knit bracelets in copper, stainless steel or brass, and finally making beaded spider ornaments/jewelry. Very cool! I'm so excited to see her and pass on some good jewelry Karma. My class last night was awesome! As soon as I have some time I'll post details and a link to Bill Leth's (my instructor) website.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

video

This video took me most of the afternoon ( trying to find all my photos...still missed some), not so sure I like the music...let me know what you think. I love animoto, the site where you can make these videos for free. Well a 30 second one anyway. Check them out at www.animoto.com. I use them frequently throughout the year. My students love creating their own music videos based on the literature we read.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Welcome!


Welcome to Feeling Ferrousious!
Are you feeling it?
I finally have a blog!!!!! I know, I know, the geek in me is rattling it's cage again...and I should have had one of these waaaay before now. My only excuse...I was too busy setting up my wiki and my moodle. Anyway, as a teacher I get so busy during the school year that it is hard to find time for jewelry, let alone creating a witty and urbane blog. However, the time is now...still not sure about the witty and urbane thing. I want this blog to be a place where I showcase my jewelry and that of my friends. I'll be featuring some of my favorite fellow etsians and artists each month and interviewing them so that you can get a good feeling for how each creates in their own place. Once school starts again, I'll be featuring some of my Art Club student's creations...hopefully, some items will be available for purchase to support the Palmerton High School Art Club. We'll also have some student guest bloggers talking about the ferrousious things we're accomplishing in Art Club. So for now, it will be all me all the time...hopefully, not for too long. Ciao!