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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tammy Jones, New Lampwork Beadmaker- Wow!

I met my new friend, Tammy Jones on the internet.  I love reading Jewelry Making Daily's emails and metal jewelry artist/editor Tammy had mentioned in a post, that she had always wanted to try lampwork.  So I wrote her and told her that I would love to teach her.  (Heck, I felt like I knew her, because I had been enjoying her posts and I love to teach private lessons.)

So Tammy drove hours and came to my home studio for some fun.  And I have to tell you, she took to it immediately.  I was amazed.  You see that cupcake?  She made it after a few hours at the torch.  I can't tell you how impressed I am.

I didn't know how to take an artful photo of what Tammy made, because I was showing her how to use wires and form beads on the ends of them. (the wires makes the shot look cluttered.)  But you can see a leaf and a stamped flower bud on wires and the rest were on mandrels.  She made a red rose and girl's face too.  In the bottom corner, is her very first and only donut bead ever.

Needless to say, she aced her first class and I look forward to seeing how she incorporates her new skills in her jewelry. The new friendship was a real bonus and Tammy, can't wait for your next visit!