I love to take jewelry making classes. Actually, I love to take all kinds of classes. I think learning from someone else, and having to follow their directions, opens your mind and helps you bring new ideas to your original work. Several years ago, I took a class at the Bead & Button show with Louise Duhamel. We made this great bracelet (I added the heart dangle to cover an "oops" of mine -- I made the bracelet a little too big, so I had to take up some wire with an extra loop. If I were to make another, I think I'd repeat my mistake, since I like the solution so much).
Bead & Button is less than a month away. There are still spaces left in many classes. Go here to find out more about the show, and let me know if you're coming to Milwaukee!
This year I'm so excited to be taking a workshop with Kim St. Jean. I'm looking forward to learning about soldering, and to expand my metalworking skills.