Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Jewelry Blast!

 What do you get when you put a group of teen girls, a slightly anxious teacher, recycled materials, beads, stones and jewelry findings in a room together? The answer is a day of pure joy for the teens and instructor...who had a jewelry making blast! 

Mind you, this was my first time tackling the teen group during the Ohio Craft Museum's Young Masters summer program but was up for the challenge. The day would prove to not only take me out of my "comfort zone" but to serve as a reminder of the many hours I spent as a teen simply "making things" during those long hot summers.  It was really satisfying to see how hard the girls worked during the two half day sessions...when something didn't work the first time around...they just kept on going and worked it out!
Beautiful necklace from upcycled leather belt
I look forward to working with the teens again as we continue to learn from one another during the "Project Accessories" workshops at the Ohio Craft Museum.

This summer the workshop will expand to  3-half day sessions as we dig through bins of unusual materials just waiting to be re-purposed into jewelry, pouches and other wonderful things that teen girls will enjoy. 

These pink cuffs are hot!
Soda can upcycled into a cuff
Amazing button ring
Bottom bracelet made from hardware tubing
Buttons, buttons and more buttons!
Another upcycled belt bracelet

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