Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Yep, workshops everywhere!

Oh it's been so busy!!  I have been teaching AND taking classes.  What a blast!

The few shots below are some of the projects from Richard Salley's class.  If you have never taken a class from him, try to.  He is a talented artist, and one of the nicest guys you'll meet.  I took three classes from him in three days, so he had gotten plenty of me! Ha ha.

The first project is a locket.  Can you tell what it is made of? 

A rusted bottle cap.  Love that! It is the base.

He uses 14ga wire to make this adorable frame, then we use the whirligig thingy majigy to make coils, and of course a hinge for the top portion.  LOVED this, making more for sure Richard!!

And it wouldn't be right to not put a little bling on it, huh?

This next project is also a bottle cap base. This bracelet has etched brass as the part that fits around the wrist on the back, then copper in the front. Everything had to be cut and fitted, then hinges attached.  My kind of project, again LOVED IT!

Notice I slipped a Parisian medicine lid in there. Guess she's a French birdy!
Oui, oui. And underneath the lid is faux bone.  Have you tried that? Look up Robert Dancik to purchase, he kind of invented the amazing stuff. Very fun effects, like scrimshaw. 

And on Oct. 29-30, Diana Frey and I taught our class, Bezelicious.  We had a packed house for this techniques class.  There were 14 students.  Thanks to all who attended. It was a blast, and they all did so well.

These are the name tag necklaces Diana and I whipped up. I had to scour the neighborhood for extra lids!  Save those up, they make great items for projects!

All smiles after two days of working hard.

Thanks again Terri, Terry, Karen, Carrie, Theresa (holding Maddie), Susan, Georgene, Deborah, Mary, Diana and Nancy, Pat, Julie, Theresa, and Carol!

You were a fabulous group, we loved having you!  I had a ball.  And no rain this time, amazing!

Thanks for looking, see you soon.


Jen Crossley said...

wow you have been busy Riki,love the look of your Bezelicious class lucky ladies I say.
You are so lucky to do a class with Richard what you produced at the class was amazing girl.

In the Light of the Moon said...

Oh my I think I may have bumped my head as I slipped on my own drool... looking at the amazing pieces you created in Richards Class...heehee...Wow...You lucky duck to be able to take these classes...and then to give such an amazing class yourself with lovely Diana..what fun!!Now get some rest will ya...phew.

Charlene said...

WHAT FUN!!!!! Love all the things youv'e been up to. Sooooooooo can't wait until I'm out there taking classes with you guys!!!

I think I'm finally coming up for air now. Things get better each day. I need to get back to creating. Finally got the Halloween put away. Did Maddie Trick or Treat? Elle did. She went with the GRANDS. Austin wanted her to be a "Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader" so she did. Miss you!
Charlene & Elle

Vintage Green said...

It is one of my dreams to take a class from the AMAZING Richard Salley. I love how he does his hinges etc. Can't wait to see you take what you learned in his class and work it into your own style.

Georgene Lockwood said...

Loved our Bezelicious workshop, Riki! It was so fun to meet you and see Diana again. Great weather (how'd you manage that?) and the trip home went great (did it all in one day, broken foot and all).

I thought of you yesterday when Fed Ex arrived. I just HAD to have that belt sander! Now all I need is that pipe cutter and I'm all set .

Thanks for being such a gracious hostess. And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your creations with Richard. I took a class with Jane at Bead Fest Santa Fe and met Richard being a great hubby support person. Guess I need to take a class with him next!

Diane said...

Looks like you had a great time with Richard, and the ladies in your class look like a very happy group =)) Like those name tags!

Cindy Craine said...

I love what you created! One day I'll be able to go to class with the "big girls" who can really do the hard stuff!! You did a great job, as always!!xox-cindy

Beatnheart said...

great stuff there Riki. R. S. is fabulous. i love his work.

SueAnn said...

Oh wow! Loved the pieces you crafted with Richard. I tried to take a class with him but it got cancelled. Seems like a repeat huh?? Ha!
I will try you both again and soon!!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Ricki,
love,love your creations!!Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day.

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Karen Valentine said...

Hi Riki! Your pieces are stunning! Richard must have loved having a star pupil in his class!!! Glad you are having a wonderful time. I hope someday I can come out and take a class with you!!

M Smith Gentry said...

Wow, fantastic creations! What a special touch to make the ladies such fabulous name tags. So, I'm thinking I need to save some bottle caps and jar lids. :)

Cindy said...

Riki, what a blast - THREE days with Richard! I love what he does with the jar lids for bases...you would never know they were there. And your bling is perfect. It's a beautiful mix of rustic and elegant. I took one class with him and worked with Robert's faux bone and loved it. I'll have to give it another try because it is really cool to work with.
Your class with Diana looked wonderful. Just look at those smiling faces. I know you two taught your students many great techniques and that everyone went home with a weekend full of memories to cherish.

M Smith Gentry said...

Hi, Riki. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog! Here's the link to the little girl: http://www.flickr.com/photos/viewarteology/4382903247/in/set-72157619102274783

I got it from Jamie Miller's Free Image Tuesday over at Art-e-ology.blogspot.com. Can't wait to see what you're creating. :)

Lynn Stevens said...

I read an article about Richard, he does some amazing things with his faux scrimshaw.
Looks like you had a great time in both classses, awesome results! and I bet Maddie just Loved all the attention :0)

Thanks so much Riki for posting my giveaway, I added you in for the surprise drawing as well. best of luck.
hugs Lynn

Renee Troy said...

Hey Riki, wonderful creations, as always and so inspiring.
Hope your Thanksgiving was filled with wonder.