Still no computer, so posting from my phone. Better than nothing, but not great.
One of my favorite classes at CREATE was the jewelry class with Jean Van Brederode. We learned how to cut, texture, and shape the metal, and then many ways of connecting the pieces to form a cohesive design.
Jean was so generous with her supplies; we had an unbelievable amount of cool "stuff" to use.
I now know how to rivet, add patina, coil wire, make my own jump rings and my own hook and eye closures.
Here is my finished piece and some closeups.