Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
Picture This: Exploring the World of Decorative Art
©2018 by Cynthia Rutledge

Picture This: Exploring the World of Decorative Art ©2018 by Cynthia RutledgeThe house of Fabergé has always had a longstanding tradition of creating fine objects of art for their wealthy clients. Probably best known for the creation of the series of Imperial eggs for the Romanov family, this famous house branched out to create a wide range of beautiful accessories, adorning some of the finest homes in the world. The craftsmanship and the attention to detail is the reason that this house has stood the test of time.

One of the most endearing decorative art pieces is the photograph frame. It brings high art to a personal level as the owner would add their own photographs to these frames. These beautiful works of art were created using a wide range of techniques and materials. Set gemstones and pearls, enamel, gold and monogram work were incorporated into a wide range of sizes and shapes of frames. Whether they had a swinging "kickstand" so that the frame could be set onto a surface or a ring attachment to be hung on a wall, these frames were all unique.

Picture This: Exploring the World of Decorative Art ©2018 by Cynthia Rutledge Picture This: Exploring the World of Decorative Art ©2018 by Cynthia Rutledge

Picture This: Exploring the World of Decorative Art is a workshop focusing on exploring techniques to create a custom-made, one of a kind, photograph frame. We begin with creating our own cabochons using photographs and epoxy. While the cabochons are curing, we move on to getting the structural materials ready to construct a frame, which can be made to stand or hang. Embellishing techniques are wide open, for a personal approach. This workshop is full of all the techniques needed to create a beautiful, heirloom quality work of art.

Skill Level: Advanced. The student must have beading skills but does not need to have any skills with using metal.

Techniques:

  • Create custom-made cabochons using photographs (or stock images) and epoxy
  • Learn how to cut thin patina copper to create a custom frame shape
  • Learn how to create support materials to create structure for the frame
  • Bezel techniques in beadwork, using stitches of choice, for the cabochons, frame and kickstand.
  • Exploring the design process for embellishment and construction
  • Learn how to utilize materials for desired results. For example, the use of pearls, CZ's and cup-chain. Also, the use of seed beads and cylinder beads to gain the desired effect.
  • Learn how to use hole punches, bend wire, make templates, set CZ's and use guitar strings.

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