I'm excited to
be teaching another Master Class at Bead & Button in 2018.
February 1, 2018: seating is very limited so sign up soon!
SIGN UP HERE!
The best of both worlds come
together in this workshop to explore the process of creating
miniature boxes. In the 18th century, Grand Tours were the rigor
for the royal families of Europe, as well as, wealthy young men
experiencing life before settling into the demands of having
a family along with couples on their honeymoon. Many travelers
commissioned miniature boxes, called souvenir boxes, to remind
them of cities that they had visited or a spectacular events
that they witnessed, like a circus act; or to document the excitement
of a fox hunt. Some boxes were commissioned to show off an ancestral
home, castle or palace. A lymnerist (miniature portrait painter)
could be commissioned to paint miniature portraits of children,
family and friends, making these little boxes keepsakes. These
miniature works of art were the aristocracies form of souvenir
Kings and Queens also commissioned
souvenir boxes and snuff boxes to give as gifts to loyal subjects.
Nothing but the best for these little gems. The boxes were made
of gold, enamel, precious gems and pearls, cameos and intaglios
along with miniature paintings. The craftsmanship is truly spectacular!
In this workshop we will explore
techniques that lend themselves to a variety of box shapes. Using
seed beads and Delica beads, fine patina copper sheet, CZ's and
pearls, tiny cup-chain, specialty findings along with embellishing
and finishing materials, students will create their own souvenir
box. Once the box body is underway, we will work on options for
embellishing. This portion of the workshop will be really exciting,
as there will be lots of samples to look at and plenty of materials
to work with to create a one-of-a-kind souvenir box.
The format of this intensive
workshop will we open once the opening lecture is over. Small
groups will be working on cutting metal, plastic sheeting and
the lining materials while others head for bead selection and
looking at just a few of the many options for embellishing. There
will be a lot of freedom here to explore and create, along with
a lot of samples to show options and results.
I will instruct students on how
to measure and cut the metal, punch holes for adding the feet
and embellishments, setting small CZ's successfully, and walk
the students through the process of gathering supplies for embellishing.
As we move into the embellishing stage of the project I will
be on board to assist with decision making and how to approach
the process of embellishing along with color theory and moral
Workshop: This is a 3-day workshop
Skill level: Advanced
Peyote stitch, even count and with increasing
Setting CZ's in fine metal settings
Cutting metal shapes
Punching holes in the metal for attaching feet and embellishments
Embellishing using a variety of stitch options, techniques and
This is an Exclusive for Cynthia's Master Class at Bead & Button in