Margaret (left) Jeannette (right)
Barbara was teaching her box ring techniques. She kindly modeled the rings for me. I am sure you have all seen these gorgeous rings in books but...wow, the scale blew us all away. I had no idea they are so big!
Seriously, if you want a conversation piece for a cocktail party, this is the ring for you!
Ann's new classroom is in her gorgeous sunroom, below. We converted this lovely space:
Barbara spent most of the first morning discussing all of the possibilities we had to choose from - as well as several ways we could take the rings in a different direction. She did many demonstrations of a variety of techniques and then set us free to work on our own projects for the rest of the day.
We are laughing in the picture below - Barbara is a very fun lady and she had us in stitches the entire weekend.
From Barbara's right, Deborah Gibson, Sherry Chaples, Ann Davis, Susan Silvy, Heidi Smith, Roxan Waluk, Margaret, Karen King, Cindy Miller
Sue is showing me she is funny too...her two rings as earrings perhaps?
Romeo, one of Ann's dogs (and perhaps studio mascot?) is checking out what we are doing, below.
The other great part of this weekend was having the opportunity to spend time with such a terrific group of women. It is rare to be in a class where everyone just gels so well - it was such a treat.
Above, Cindy Miller is demonstrating how her locket clicks shut and explaining a little trick she developed for this. From left to right, Christine Norton, Sherry Chaples, Cindy and Susan Silvey
I asked students to send me pictures of their rings in various stages of being finished. I have received the following so far and will post more as I get them. Before I move onto the eye candy, however, I just wanted to mention that Ann Davis will be hosting a class with Lorrene Davis on Sunday, February 27th. Lorrene will be teaching us her new Legend ring which is where we will be learning about channel setting stones. There are still a few openings in class - if you are interested in more details, please contact Ann directly at ann [at] anndavisstudio [dot] com.
Susan Silvy's two sparkly cocktail rings.
Another shot of Margaret's ring - this is great so you can see the scale of these rings! Margaret, I think you will blind someone with that rock!
So, how about you? Have you signed up for any classes this year? What are you looking forward to learning about?