For the love of PMS

I can shout it from the rooftops. I adore PMS. Silly roos, I know what you’re thinking. Not that PMS.  Paper and Metal Scrappers, my hometown paper arts store where the oh-so-talented owners (and my dear friends) have been graciously allowing me to teach mixed-media scrapbooking, collage and jewelry to their lovely customers for 5 years now.

Karen and Teresa wiring up their Industrial Chic projects. Look at the focus!

I recently taught an Industrial Chic Playdate class at PMS, where some of my absolute favorite ladies spent the morning making some great found-object inspired necklaces using the charms and components from Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Industrial Chic line that’s exclusive to Michaels stores.

Teresa's colorful and fun bracelet. Fits her personality to a T.

Seriously, this is how cool my friends are. Susan’s line can only be purchased at Michaels craft stores, but they knew that I would add my own educational twist on the class by teaching the ladies various jewelry techniques for wire wrapping and incorporating fibers into their work.

Look at all those choice in the middle of the table. Oh my, how does one pick what to create with? I told them to simply pick the charms that spoke to them.

As per Brenda’s request, I left my torch at home (even my little propane one scares her). But then again, it is a paper arts store and her livelihood. Not to mention the creative hotspot of Payson, Arizona, so if something happened and our favorite store went up in flames, we’d all be devastated.

Not to worry, I managed to work around my hands being tied behind my back without my torch by teaching everyone how to create chased headpins using a steel bench block and a ball peen hammer. They loved getting their aggressions out on those little pieces of wire and realizing that once one learns to make a headpin and a wirewrapped loop, the world of jewelry-making spills wide open.

This student had NEVER made jewelry before. She was such a quick learner that she inspired me with her fearless attitude!

Thanks ladies for a terrific day. I look forward to PMS every single time! I’ll be there again October 22 teaching a wirewrapped ring class.

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