Taking a class with Barbara Lewis is one of the best choices i made this year:).Not only did i learn to make friends with enamel and beads ,but i also found wonderful friends for life in Barbara and her wonderful husband,Jim.Barbara is one of those rare unassuming people who work very hard and let serendipity take its course to take them on and ahead...and as they move forward,they share their knowledge and experience with anyone who reaches out.
All material to be used in the class is taken care of,and one gets a lot more than anticipated...if my beads had manufacturing defects,they were promptly replaced and more given to play with....if a bead went bad in the flame,i was given a whole bunch without having to ask.The enamel offered to work and play with is in generous quantities and the range of colors for both opaques and transparents is delicious.Stories and experiences are shared and one is literally watched over and walked through.You cannot not learn in this magical class:)!
There are kits and individual supplies one could pick up during or after the class.It helps.The tool kit is customised.Created and put together personally by Barbara and Jim, it has everything down to vermiculite to take back home to let the beads cool in:).Enamels can be purchased separately too.
One class in this loving,nurturing energy is enough to inspire you to go home and crunch out enamelled beads like never before,with all the confidence and knowledge, particularly the subtle bits you need to know to enamel plain looking metal beads with aplomb to create your own customised jewelry in your own color vocabulary:)!
If you happen to be anywhere in the vicinity of this magical place, make sure you take a class and soak in the magic and the experience:)!xx
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