Sunday, November 22, 2009

Fragment Charm Necklace and Brad Bracelet

Friday night Heidi and I held our monthly jewelry class, and what a great one it was!  Remember the fragment charm necklace I made with Wendy on the cruise?

I loved this project so much, I decided that it would be what I'd teach at the class.  Check out all the busy hands:

 Not everyone finished their necklaces in class (I didn't finish mine until I got home from the cruise), but they all did most of the work and just need to do assembling and finishing touches.  Pat's is already beautiful:

Speaking of Pat, here she is with Heidi (Pat's the one wearing a Ho Ho Ho banner as a necklace).  Hey, it was a jewelry class, and I'm always preaching that anything can be jewelry.

Yes, that's a wine bottle in her hand.  Wonder when these women will cheer up.  LOL!

Gayle and Corris look like they're having a good time.

I don't know exactly what Kahena was saying, but I'm sure it was funny.  She is a hoot!  And I don't know what Gayle was doing, but it sure looks like some dance moves.

Pat is sometimes known as the Queen of Tools and Gadgets.  Does she own every one ever made?  She just looks so at ease with the pliers.

Question to self:  why don't I have a picture of Rosie B?????  Oh, I do have an answer....I have a picture, you just can't see her face!  But you can see how much thought she put into arranging her charms:

If you're interested in learning more about how to create a fragment charm necklace, click here, and you'll be taken to the PID blog and a tutorial.  The technique is the same, we just used different papers and chains in the class.

Heidi's project was a brad bracelet.  She has a huge stash of brads, and all you need to do is attach them to a link bracelet and kind of bend the brad legs under themselves with a pliers.  Harder to explain than to do.  You just want them attached but not moving around, and you don't want to see the legs.  So you hold the tip of each leg with the pliers and bend them around and then flatten them out against the chain.  I selected brads to give my bracelet a vintage feel, and I really like it.  Thanks, Heidi!


Corris said...

this was the perfect evening with friends! i can't wait to do it again. great projects, wine and company.

Angie Hall Haviland said...

HOW FUN!!! I wish I lived near you!!! LOL Great necklace and Bracelet!!

Carol's Crafts said...

Wow, how fun. Everything looks so pretty.

Diann said...

You are so lucky to have this great group of friends to make ART with - it looks like you all were having so much fun...wish I could be a part of it! I liked both pieces too! Diann

Pat said...

This class was so much fun! The necklace practically made itself thanks to Fragments and a totally awesome choice of papers Eileen carefully selected. One of my charms is "Celestial-terrestrial" with "a harness" thrown on for good measure. So much creativity in that room! Thanks, Eileen, for unleashing my inner art jeweler!

Anonymous said...

Oh Eileen...your class looks like SO much fun!!! And your creations are amazing girl!!!!

Sherry Goodloe said...

That brad bracelet? Yep, I've gotta put that on my list of things to make *smiles*

What a fun time all of you had! I had a lot of fun over at my friend's house yesterday making vintage bottle snow people . . . oh yeah, and the steak dinner? Ahhhh yeah, I really MAY start teaching for food. LOL!!

Elaine A said...

Eileen -

Great projects and photos! It was good to see Pat's face after all these years - LOL! I just ordered some fragment charms so I can try them out. I was inspired by your from the cruise. And Heidi's bracelet looks intriguing.

Thanks for sharing with us.

Elaine Allen

Heidi Davenport said...

GREAT blog post! You certainly captured all of the fun we had on Friday night. Thanks for being amazing. HUGS!

Cheryl said...

Wish I lived close enough to come to one of your jewelry classes. Looks like great fun.

Julie Ann said...

Ohhh, that looks like so much fun!!! I'm going to hop right on over to your tutorial! What great pictures you took!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

What a fun class! Looks like an even funner group! Is that a word?