Altered Cigar Box Class – January 11 & 25, 2014 1:00-3:00pm
Learn to alter a cigar box to create a personal memory box or shrine.
Cost: $10 for both class sessions. (Bring objects for your box!)
Teacher: Kiba Jackson
“I made this piece to commemorate my father and to celebrate the memories that we made together. Every summer my dad and I would spend two weeks at Turner Falls in Davis, Oklahoma. We would hike and explore the caves, trails and river by day. At night we would stay up talking, playing dominos and stoking the fire.
Some of the objects in the box were his: the drafting compass (he was a carpenter); the photo, from when he was 8 years old; the metal dog toy was a toy of his from childhood. A portion of his remains are in the small glass jar.
Some of the other objects that I have used express other places that I have memories of Norman, my dad. He died when he was 79 and I know he enjoyed his life, by his constant living in the moment attitude. He sought the good in life and people all the days he was here.”
- Kiba Jackson
Kiba Jackson altered cigar box idea was inspired by artist Joseph Cornell and her fascination with Dio De Los Muertos shrines. In the first class participants will brainstorm ideas, paint their boxes, and arrange their objects after a presentation. The second class will be putting it all together, with the aid of SCRAP materials to complete their piece.
Copper Necklace Class – January 14, 2014 6:30-8:30pm
Learn several fun metal-working skills while creating a cool necklace.
Cost: $15, all materials provided (Bring a meaningful small piece for the center of the necklace!)
Teacher: Beth Klein
Beth Klein shares some insight on the class and her inspiration to share her knowledge:
In this class we will be using some basic metal-working skills like hammering, annealing, and shaping the copper disc. We have to anneal the disc before we dome it and shape it so it will become soft and malleable. Annealing is the process of heating the metal with a torch until it’s cherry red and then quenching it in water to cool. We’ll also use a dapping block to shape the metal, and “cold connecting” pieces by riveting them together. As well as filing and sanding sharp edges.
I wanted to share these techniques with others because it’s just sooooooo fun!!! As an artist, I’ve always believed that the jewelry we wear should be an expression of who we are and how we want to come across to the world —not just something that “matches” or something that every other person on the planet is wearing. Therefore, I try to stock my store with unusual, wonderful, creative things.
Most people don’t have the time or skills to make their own, but if and when they do or can, they gain an appreciation for individualized jewelry. Did I mention how fun it is????? Hee hee! Can’t wait to see everyone on the 14th!
Beth Klein is owner of Sleeping Lizzards, a wonderfully one of a kind gift shop. Find Sleeping Lizzards on Facebook.
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