Susan Lenart Kazmer’s classes…

are always tremendous fun and the class I took from her at Bead&Button was no exception.  She is a blast!  The class was titled “Non-Traditional Forms in Wire:  Bird’s Nest” and I knew we’d be doing some very interesting things with metal.  She gave a project demonstration and then we were allowed free rein to create our own interpretation.  Using bronze wire, bronze bezels, and half of a quail egg-shell, I made this pendant.  I had brought various beads and a fine silver cast twig that I had made to embellish the pendant.  The decorative bezel slides up the bronze wire sides to reveal a clutch of pearls and an oval turquoise cabochon captured in resin inside the egg-shell.  I’m very pleased with the results and I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve received on this piece!  However, I consider this pendant a springboard to more pieces with this theme.  Polymer clay can substitute for the quail egg-shell and better still, it is a far more durable material and can made in any color.  It can also be carved.  How versatile!  I could also use epoxy cement for the egg form and impress tiny seed beads into it.  Hmmm…the idea machine is churning!  I’ll show you another piece I made in Susan’s class in my next post!

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on June 14, 2011.

2 Responses to “Susan Lenart Kazmer’s classes…”

  1. Just beautiful! Can’t wait to see it in person!

  2. Thanks Marsha! I’m working on another rendtion already!

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