An Evening of Jewelry Making at Craft Alliance
As an art enthusiast I jump at the chance to check out the latest exhibitions that interest me. I tend to stay on the appreciator side rather than the one actually creating the art. But thanks to the Craft Alliance in St. Louis I was able to be the artist. They have so many workshops to choose from so I had to narrow it down to just one. I thought maybe a clay making class, glass mosaic class or a jewelry making class. Spoiler alert! Given the title of this post I went with the jewelry making class.
As a fashion blogger I felt that it was right up my alley and if I was good enough in the class I might have something unique to wear that I actually made. Even better is that this class was one of Craft Alliance’s Craft on Tap classes where you got to enjoy a little booze and snacks as you create–21+ only of course. 😉
The day of the class I was ready to dive in and create something that I would hopefully be proud of. The unique part was that we would be creating a piece of jewelry from unusual everyday materials. The instructor Jessica Andersen showed the intimate class of 8 the various objects we had to choose from. There were wires, chains, glass pieces, strips of leather and more.
Next she took us the through the many tools and techniques we could use to create our unique jewelry. This part was great as I am a visual learner and I appreciated her actually showing us every possibility. Once that was done it was time to for us to get to work. I ended up digging around and found a gold chainlink necklace, some loose leather scraps and sea shells.
Since I only pretty much wear gold and gold tone jewelry I knew this was a good fit for me. I also wanted my piece to be unique and truly a piece of art. With my materials gathered Jessica gave me some options to make it all come together. I used a glue gun, chain links from the necklace and good old elbow grease to make a necklace. I’ve never been really good at arts and crafts so I was quite proud of myself and my creation.
Once the class was over I was beaming with pride and wish I could have made another piece. I got the idea to make a ring using a crystal and copper wire so it looks like I’ll be taking another class. The class helped me tap into my creativity in another way and I’m glad I gave it a try. Kudos to Craft Alliance and Jessica for awakening that in me.