Fun Things for the New Year: Jewelry-Making Lessons, Lampwork Glass, and Cupcakes

When I think back to the jewelry-making techniques and other crafts I’ve been taught to do–those I’ve taken a class on or learned through lessons with an expert, as opposed to finding my own way through trial and error, three techniques stand out: knitting, soldering, and lampwork glass.

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My first day’s attempts at making lampwork glass beads. One word: FUN!

I learned to knit on the set of the Carol Duvall Show years ago, taught by my beloved Carol Duvall. Soldering, as you know, I learned from our contributor and beloved friend, Lexi Erickson, and my one-and-only (so far) lampwork lesson came from a sweet reader and talented glass artist, Marcy Lamberson of Studio Marcy.

My soldering instruction and lampworking lesson were both so special, because they were techniques  I assumed you (or I, or “regular” people) couldn’t do at home. They felt like things only “real artisans” could do, with fancy equipment and big impressive artsy studios. Lampworking in particular seemed like some form of magic or alchemy. Fire! Glass! Rosy glasses! All while doing two things at once like patting your head and rubbing your tummy. But I can’t think of many other times when I’ve had SO much fun–and I received a great intro into one of many amazing jewelry-making techniques. If I ever get a kiln, I’m going to become a lampworking fool! (And my birthday is next week . . . hmm . . . )

learn new jewelry-making techniques in the new year!

Can you tell which perfect donut bead is Marcy’s and which wonky one is mine?

Learning new jewelry-making techniques is a big opportunity for FUN! Whether you learn from an expert in person or online, it’s rewarding to start a creative journey. It’s a new year, after all–and all the advertisements are telling us it’s time to try something new! (and go on a diet!)

The perfect way to test the waters on new jewelry-making techniques is with a project tutorial or two–they’re very affordable, expertly instructive, and available in a huge variety of techniques. For in-depth instruction and mastery, most folks like to learn via video. Our video workshops are the next best thing to being in a live class and can teach you soldering, enameling, wirework, resin, and stone setting. You can master the finer points of metal fabrication like using a rolling mill, all the ways a flex shaft can help you, carving wax models for casting, or creating dimension in metal–and so many other jewelry-making techniques!

If you like to learn via video along with classmates and an expert instructor, choose an online course. You can get started or improve your skills in jewelry-making techniques likes metal clay, jewelry business, and much more through our online courses.

So what will you learn in this new year? Resin? Enameling? Soldering? Wirework? Lampwork? Stone setting? We’ve got projects, videos, online courses, and much more to help you learn. Tell me in the comments what you’d like to learn, and I’ll share the best way to do it! And if you still need convincing, just look at how much fun I had learning to make lampwork glass beads (that’s where the cupcakes come in . . . ).

(Updated December 2017)

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