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Ornate Florals: Making Wooden Jewelry

Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen
Event organized by Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen

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Instructor: Ashley Ernest

Skill Level: Some experience

This class will explore the uniqueness and beauty of carving wooden jewelry. Wooden jewelry has been worn for many centuries, in many cultures and continues to be a beloved form of body adornment. In this class, we will explore the history of wooden jewelry through different cultures and how floral design patterns are frequently represented.

While researching forms, designs, and patterns (inclusive of floral imagery) students will create sketches. They will also create models out of cardboard and model clay, before creating their final pendants and/or earrings, in wood. They will learn wood modeling skills, primarily using the flex shaft and hand tools. Students will learn how to use the flex shaft in uncommon ways, to form, shape, and design their wooden pendants and/or earrings.

Students will take home finished pendants and/or earrings. This class is intended for those who have basic and above metalsmithing skills; including, but not limited to, sawing, drilling, filing, sanding, and the use of the flex shaft and its components. Techniques typically used on metal will be applied to wood in this class.