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Vintage Chic; Repurposed Tin Necklace Sunday, August 4, 9:00 AM  
Jen Cushman $145   
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Type of Workshop: Project
Prerequisite: None
Workshop Category: Jewelry

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Do you love the look of vintage rosary chain but sometimes sigh at the price? $15.95 (and higher!) a foot??!! 🤪🙄🤔🤦 After hearing this story too often from my students and jewelry artists peeps, I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands and teach a workshop on making consistent rosary beads that can easily be chained together into a gorgeous necklace. While I was designing the workshop I decided to toss in a few other bead making techniques too - silk tornado beads, lightbulb wire bead connectors, wirewrapping vintage mother of pearl buttons and hand forming wire clasps so your finishing is as beautiful as your focal. Just for beauty I began the design with an old tin ceiling tile plasma cut into a heart - made by my friends at Off the Dirt Road Vintage. Fun fact: the ceiling tin hearts in my kits are the very last of the tin from the Oracle Inn where Buffalo Bill Cody stayed while he was building his house in Oracle Az. Gotta love the history too. Then I sprinkled in sweet mother of pearl vintage boot buttons from a stash I bought years ago at a Paris flea market. Delish! For students familiar with wire wrapping or who are fast workers, there may possibly be time to complete an additional bracelet or earrings to compliment your vintage chic necklace. Supplies will be on hand. This is a special one of a kind piece. Everything you need to make this necklace is in the workshop kits I've put together using my vintage treasures. This is the only workshop I'm teaching at Art Unraveled this year. Join me!

Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

  • $25.00 includes:
  • tin heart (plasma cut from old ceiling tiles)
  • beads
  • bronze wire
  • vintage tiny buttons
  • brass charms
  • cream silk sari, and all you need to make these projects.
  • We will be working in a lovely cream and bronze color palette. The only thing students will need to bring is their tools and any additional found objects or special beads they might wish to include in their necklace in order to make it their own. If you've been to any of my workshops in the past, you know I enjoy it when students bring their own creative visions to class, along with additional materials or color combinations they have in case they wish to use my sample as an inspirational start to their own designs.

Student should bring:

  • Scissors
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Steel bench block or small anvil
  • Ball peen hammer
  • Wire cutters
  • Bailing pliers or Sharpie marker for making loops


  • A collection of crystal beads and/or pearls for handmade chain if you wish to work with your favorite colors. Instructor will have a cream-colored palette of beads as part of kit.
  • We will be working with jeweler's grade bronze wire that's included in kit fee. If students wish to make silver jewelry they must bring 3 feet of 22 gauge dead soft round sterling silver wire and 1 foot of 18 gauge dead soft round sterling silver wire for use in their own designs.
  • Small found objects (charms, religious metals, broken jewelry bits, metal buttons, etc. you may wish to incorporate into your project.

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site Jewelry Supply store when you arrive at ARTU19, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
call: 602-956-0189

Questions: jencushmanart@gmail.com
Website: www.jencushman.com