Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sara Sally LaGrand Workshop

This weekend Sara Sally LaGrand came to The Mandrel in Redondo Beach, CA and taught her personal how to make glass booches and wire woven designer jewelry.  Loving her style !   I've been waiting for this class for quite a while with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. Her class was fun, fulfilling, inspiring, self-esteem growing, confidence building and down right out of this world!

She first taught us how to go about making the little glass thingies coming out of the glass pods and fantasy filled leaves, etc. Even a mistake in this class is a win win. Everyone in the class proved themselves to be jewelry designers in the finest sense of the word.

The brooch is made with my handmade lampwork beads made on the first day of the workshop.

The second day of the workshop Sara Sally showed us all how to wire weave the support that goes on the back of the brooch leading to the placement of our favorite florals from the day of torch work the day before. She then taught us how to weave in wire a basket type support for bracelets, necklaces and anything else using this type of design to incorporate into our jewelry using our own handmade lamp work beads.

This "Evil Eye" bracelet is made with my own ipod (Sara's name for pods that look like eyes) glass eye on the basket weave design for my bracelet.

This class was just the pick-me-up I needed to get back on the torch with much needed inspirational boost. I bought a bunch of new glass to work with in my favorite colors and new glass that I have never worked with before. Time for me to branch out!!! Literally!

If the opportunity comes your way to take Sara Sally's class - do it! As a favor to yourself. You deserve it!  She touched my funny bone and my love for whimsical - unique other worldly art to wear.


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  1. You are such a treasure! It is a great honor to be able to call you my friend. Thanks for coming Suzanne!

  2. Same right back at cha Donna. I always enjoy being in your company in your studio and buying your stuff. I love my ribbons and my new glass colors are B E A U T I F U L. Thank you again for being REAL. I always know I can count on you for that. In a good way. ;o))))))



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