Experience an explosion of color as jewelry designer and metalsmith Chinanshu "Cheena" Sharma takes us on a virtual excursion through the Johari Bazaar in her home town, Jaipur, India. As we gaze on examples of the stunning jewelry and other crafts of this region, we'll also learn about Cheena's jewelry business background and hear her observations on design, color and craft. After that, we'll checkout some clever tools and share one of Anne's new tool purchases - direct from it's previous celebrity owner. And then we are excited to announce - and meet! - the winner of our Health Care Hero free class pass. As always we'll finish by talking about current projects, sharing ideas & resources and having an open Q&A. MAAA is a FREE weekly online metal arts presentation followed by an open discussion Q&A. In this fun, interactive gathering we offer demos, share tips & tricks, feature work by artists and students from around the world, go on virtual studio tours, discuss historical metal arts traditions, test out tips and tricks and share resources. For photos, links and more read more.
Grab a Laugenbrezel and settle in to hear the harrowing tale of how materialsmith Kerianne Quick made her way home from the international jewelry show Schmuck amidst the worldwide COVID travel shutdown. After that, Anne will test an Instagram tip for DIY satin buffs and Earl will share the book “Metalwork & Enamelling” by Herbert Maryon, OBE, FSA, FIIC - sometimes referred to as the "bible of metalworking". We'll also share some keum boo work that wowed us! As always we'll finish by talking about current projects, sharing ideas & resources and having an open Q&A.
We have an exciting announcement from Bette Barnet! Tevel at Allcraft has decided to offer a discounted Keum Boo package of tools and supplies. Everything in this package has been hand-selected by Bette for its effectiveness in working with Keum Boo on steel. The package includes:
Ultralite Beehive kiln — this is a small bench top kiln that makes keum boo a breeze, particularly on steel. It’s also great for enameling. (Bette will be demonstrating how to use this kiln as an optional approach for Keum Boo in her Anneville class).
Controller for the kiln—a big plus when you need to regulate the heat for various metals (and avoid cooking your hand!).
Agate burnisher with metal handle — Bette's favorite burnisher for tapping down the foil and burnishing out bubbles.
Tungsten carbide burnisher — essential tool for burnishing and keeping the foil from bonding to the burnisher (which can happen with steel burnishers).
Agate Sword Burnisher — a wood handled agate burnisher with just the right shape for allover smoothing and bonding.
Round brass brush with wooden handle — great for pressing the foil into all the nooks and crannies.
Silver foil — 4” x 4” sheet. Works brilliantly on steel.
Gold foil — $10 off a full sheet and $5 off a half sheet.
Tevel is offering this Keum Boo package for $249.95, a 10% savings off the regular price. If you’re interested, just give Tevel at Allcraft a call at (800) 645-7124 and tell Tevel you’re one of Bette's students or heard about it through her. If you have any questions please contact Bette Barnett by email via her website at studiomigoto.com/contact or call Tevel directly.
A Free Class for a Health Care Hero
COVID has taken a lot from us in the past 6 months. We went from a thriving school to moving online and closing our storefront. We lost Anne's aunt Bernice (most likely of undiagnosed COVID) and Ame's aunt Jewel died when COVID swept through her assisted living facility. Sometimes it feels like a monster is invisibly stalking us, we never know who it will brush past and who it will grab. It takes courage just to get groceries. But while we are wearing our masks and staying home, many courageous people are walking directly into harm's way every day to help the rest of us. From essential workers making deliveries and staffing stores to emergency first responders keeping us safe to all of the people behind the scenes we say, with deep gratitude and humility, Thank You. We see you, we are sincerely grateful for your efforts. Of all of these, there is one group for which we feel an especially deep sense of gratitude and respect. These people suit up and face the monster directly every day. They are our Health Care Heroes. No matter what your job is, if your work involves COVID patient care we would like to humbly offer a free pass (including materials kit) to our upcoming Riveted Photo Pendant online class.
Update: We have our first Healthcare Hero!
Meredith L. of Chula Vista, CA is a jewelry maker and ER Nurse. She wrote,
"My sincerest sympathies go to both of you for your losses. I’m so sorry that Covid has affected your families in the horrible way that it has. I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate this! You and Anne are so unbelievably kind. It truly warms my heart to hear that you are offering a seat in your class for a healthcare professional. The moment I read this, I immediately went and registered for the class! I am so excited that my schedule came out this morning, and I have each Wednesday morning off! Yay!!! Thank you so much for this opportunity."
It's not too late: if you're a healthcare hero and interested in a free class, go ahead and drop us a line and we'll get in touch about future opportunities. In the meantime, THANK YOU for all you do.
Hop a shinkansen with Anne & Ame to Tsubame-Sanjo, Japan for a visit to the 200 year old Gyokusendo metal arts factory! We'll take a tour, meet the artists and see their amazing work. After that we’ll learn to make ingenious DIY rolling mill patterns with Karla in Santa Fe and Anne will Show & Tool her latest score direct from its celebrity previous owner! As always we'll finish by talking about current projects, sharing ideas & resources and having an open Q&A. For resource links and downloads, click Read more.
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.