Autumn Field Journal Workshop


Taking images from John James Audubon's iconic study of birds, we will make metal leaves in my signature Faux Tin technique. We'll explore non-toxic etching with a fun image transfer technique using vintage botanical illustrations. Fossilized agate will be the inspiration for a collection of clay beads. We'll combine our botanical creations into a series of pendants and earrings using elements from each project.

Dates: November 30th - December 2nd

Location: Beads to Live by, 145 S Mechanic St., Jackson, MI 49201

Retreat includes:

3 days of workshops, complete instructions, class supplies, and catered lunch Saturday and Sunday. 

$275 is due when registering.  
Overnight accomdations: We recommend Comfort Inn & Suites: 2435 Shirley Dr. Jackson, MI 49202
Friday, November 30th:
3:00 - 6:00 pm: Image Transfer Etching Workshop

Saturday, December 1st:
9:00 - 12:00 pm Fossilized Agate Beads Workshop
12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch & Shopping at Beads to Live By
2:00 - 6:00 pm Audubon's Birds Faux Tin Leaves Workshop Fossilized Agate Beads Workshop
Sunday, December 2nd:
10:00 - 12:30 pm Field Guide Jewelry Explorations Part 1
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 pm Field Guide Jewelry Explorations Part 2
No discount codes can be used for the workshop. 

Image Transfer Etching Workshop

Saturday morning we'll jump into the addictive world of salt-water etching. This non-toxic and low tech alternative to chemical etching will open a whole new world of metal working possibilities. I'll share a simple image transfer technique to use as our etching resist. I've gathered images from vintage botanical illustrations to compliment our Faux Tin birds.

Fossilized Agate Beads

I feel in love with images of fossilized agate and knew they would make an amazing faux stone bead to explore during the retreat. On Saturday afternoon we'll play with clay creating beads in several colors to mimic the look of fossilized agate. You'll learn several different bead shapes and finishing tips.

Audobon's Birds Faux Tin Leaves Workshop

We'll start our retreat on Friday exploring a new variation on my popular Faux Tin technique. Using images from John James Audubon's famous bird studies we'll create a variety of leaves and acorn pendants. We'll cut, file and sand our pieces to a buttery-smooth finish.

Field Guild Jewelry Explorations

On Sunday, we'll tie everything together with several jewelry projects. Learn to create wire links using Now That's a Jig. We'll using the etching copper to make pendants, charms and bails for our jewelry. Instructions and beads will be provided for the projects shown, students are encouraged to use their elements to create whatever jewelry they'd like for our remaining hours of the retreat.

Required Tool List:

Chain and round nose pliers, flush wire cutters. (You'll need a second pair of flat or chain nose pliers for opening and closing jump rings.)

Metal files - small to medium size files will work. A bastard file is a great upgrade from mini files. 

Jewelry metal shears - make sure they have a spring for easier use. They should have straight blades and be specially for jewelry.
steel bench block - bring a rubber mat or hand towel to deaden the sound.

Hammers - riveting hammer with a tapered edge and a ball peen hammer with one side flat and one side rounded.

Metal hole punch - either style will work fine.

Polymer clay tools: acrylic clay roller and pasta machine

Extras: ruler, Sharpie marker, bead mat or bead board and scissors.

Bring a small shallow plastic container, at least 3" wide but not bigger than a sandwich size container. . 

Bring a soft, absorbent rag or old t-shirt. Test it to make sure it soaks up water easily. White or light-color only. 

If you need task lighting, I recommend bringing a battery-operated task light.