KC PMC Guild member Julie Van Hoecke will be doing our March 2010 meeting demo on Tuesday, March 16. (Check our website for meeting details.) Julie makes a LOT of PMC silver jewelry which she sells at shows in the area and that night she will be demonstrating how she makes one of her signature pieces - a large, embellished toggle clasp meant to be worn in the front, not the back, of your neck. She incorporates her clasps into the design of the necklace, making the clasp the focal point of her pieces.
This sample shows some of her embellishments - she uses CZs and glass cabochons in bezels, lots of textures and other interest to make her toggles way more than a device to provide closure. Don't miss this demo - it should be great.
If you would like to play along, be sure to bring your clay working tools, surface mat, textures and a cab or two.You will need a couple sterling silver "up eye" or 20 gauge sterling silver wire to make one. Up eyes are a ring with a post which is inserted into the clay and fired, providing a sturdy connecting ring to attach items to a fired PMC piece. Julie will have some of the silver up-eyes people can buy for $2.00 each. They are available at Fire mountain # H20-4211FY at Fire Mountain.com.
Guests are welcome - you can visit our meetings twice before we ask you to join and pay our membership dues.