Thursday, August 10, 2006
If I was asked what my favorite hobby is, it would have to be making glass beads and putting them into jewelry. I have been making beads off and on for about 3 years, definitely more off than on. I am striving to get better. I take a great silver jewelry class during the school year. The teacher is Russ Lunders with Centralia Community College. He is a great teacher, I was in his first College class that he gave, I think about 4 years ago. He is a retired highschool teacher, he taught silver jewelry making, I wish I would have had a chance to take a class like that when I was in highschool...unfortunately they ended the program when he retired. But fortunately for us, the school gave him the equipment and we are now using it! I have a couple torches set up at home, one large one to make beads with and a little torch for soldering jewelry. I also have a kiln with a computerized controller to anneal the beads, I also can fuse glass in it. Pictured are some of the bracelets that I have made for friends and family. Fun stuff!