What did you do this summer?
Technically, it’s still summer, but with all the back-to-school emphasis in stores, I keep thinking of the essay I would write if I were classroom bound. In addition to brief trips that took me to nearby, out-of-town destinations, I did something this summer that I never would have envisioned had I been asked about it while snow was still blanketing the ground: Jewelry Classes on Demand.
This summer, I spent half a day away from my office and in the video production studio. While my desk chair sat empty, I inhabited a whole different area of the Bead&Button world. On any given day, my desk is covered with a beading mat, tools, and tubes, strings, and clusters of beads, and the video studio wasn’t all that much different. Except for one key element: Cameras are not usually recording what I do.
Another part of the experience that differed from my usual day is that I got to explain what I was doing. It took me back to the days of teaching high school, except without notes being passed in the back of the room and questions of “Do we really need to know this?” With Jewelry Classes on Demand, the question is not about need. Instead, students download our videos because they really want to know how to make fabulous jewelry. And there are already great classes to choose from.
For example, Linda Augsburg taught a lesson in using crystals and seed beads to stitch my V-drop necklace, which appeared in Brilliant Crystal Jewelry 2.
The video I hosted was Make a versatile right-angle weave necklace. In it, I describe the process for stitching Pattern adaptation by Lesley Weiss, which appeared in Right-Angle Weave. In addition to showing how to create a custom clasp, I discuss choosing thread for stitching a project and substituting beads.
All Jewelry Classes on Demand videos include step-by-step demonstrations of the basic techniques used to make the project and easy-to-follow downloadable written instructions that include photographs and diagrams.
In a nutshell, while kids were spending the summer as far away from the classroom as they possibly could, I had tremendous fun teaching something that I know people will want to learn!
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