Monday, May 24, 2010

Etched & Layered Class By Diane Cook

My finished Piece from the Etched & Layered Class by Diane Cook of Rosa & Josie's! Do you LOVE it as much as I do?
What a fun class this was & let me tell you that Diane Cook is an amazing teacher! I know she is submitting class ideas for ADORN ME in Houston next year so be sure you keep up to see where & what she is teaching. It's a TREAT for sure! See that precious little bit of lace & goody in the background? She made us little bags for our bracelets. They are DARLING remembrances of this class & a great idea to protect our pieces.
This is the side view of my bracelet. I love the etching work. And the beautiful brass filigree backed by the vintage tulle. I bought a bracelet blank & the tulle was used to tie the little sack. I saw that & thought.... BRACELET backing! And I love the way it softens this piece. The good news.... I have enough stuff to make another one & this might just be the point that I start that Etsy shop I have been wanting to do.
Here is Diane teaching. Out class was small & very intimate since there was only the four students & Diane. Pat is on the left & she is from Fredericksburg (which anyone who knows me knows I LOVE Fredericksburg). And next is Agnes (whom I met in a previous class) who lives near the area of the class & then there is Gwen who also lives near Fayetteville, TX. ALL SUCH SWEET GALS that I feel so blessed to have met & hope to keep in contact with each.
Here's Diane's Manni who is one of the best dressed girls in town (well as far as jewelry goes)! Click on the photo to enlarge it so you can see some of the wonderful creations she had for sale.
This is some of my brass pieces (SUPPLIES) purchased from Diane for future goodies as well as some of the brass pieces I had stamped & ready for etching. Also, you can see my bracelet before it had the patina applied.
And here are a few of Agnes's pieces ready to be etched. I LOVED her Pomegranate stamp. I have to find that!
Again you can see Diane teaching & if you notice the art work in the background... it is because our class was held at the Art Guild of Rural Texas in Fayetteville, Texas. I was a wonderful venue for the class.
Here is a shot of the cute little containers of screws & things we used to rivet the brass to our pieces. I had never learned that technique before & it was a lot of fun. NEW THINGS TO PURCHASE... cute little holders & test tubes of screws, cute little stands for jewelry tools... it never ends the purchasing of supplies!!! Have you noticed that yourself? A girls wish list sure changes when she gets into jewelry design. Hmmmm who would have thought Needed... Flex Shaft Drill Set, screws, metal files.... HONEY WATCH OUT!!! We might be in a tool war.
THANK YOU DIANE! GREAT CLASS. Next post... other things we did, where we stayed, & things I bought. Sorry my signature is gone but, I got over zealous in my delete button (deleting spaces between photos) & deleted it right off. But, as always, HUGS! Charlene


Hearts Turned said...

WOW!!! Your bracelet is gorgeous, Charlene! Is there anything you cannot do, my friend? I think not! You're amazing me with your creativity!

Looks like it was a wonderful class--small is better, I think!

Open up that Etsy shop! You make so many beautiful things, you really need to just jump in and do it!

Hope your day is just lovely!


Blondie's Journal said...


Your bracelet is SO pretty. Aren't you just thrilled to find something you love to do? Diane sounds like a great teacher and a talented artist. I love all the pieces on her manni!!

I hope you do open that Etsy shop. I will be first in line!! :-D


Createology said...

The excitement of what you did and learned is definitely coming through in your words. Your cuff is fabulous. Yes, the list of "needs" is always growing. Happy creating...

Honey Lamb and I said...

How awesome!! That is a great new craft to get into and I see you are with all your extra buys! Yes I would love to be in a class with just a few girls so that I could get a lot more done. Sounds like you met some sweet gals. So are you headed to Houston for an event next year? Maybe I could meet you there. We have a house in Houston. Maybe it is close to the event!! Miss ya and glad you are out having fun for us to see. Love seeing all the cool ideas and art!!! ~ Shelley

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Great post today, so glad you took me along to see what you did. I loooove the your new creation. It is simply GORGEOUS!!!! Glad you had a wonderful time.
Hugs, Pat

Diana said...

Looks and sounds as though you had a wonderful time in Diane's class. Your cuff is great and love the touch of fabric. Yep, the "I want" list of tools is never ending. With each new class, there are new toys to purchase....that's part of the fun. Looking forward to seeing your other photos. Glad you had a great time.

Jan Hennings said...

Oh my! This is absolutely beautiful! Love it!

Inspired-Simplicity said...

Glad you had such a great time. Some beautiful jewelry pieces. So where is your next class? You are really on the go girl.

jackie p said...

Love the bracelet! Would love to learn how!

Thanks to for the comment on my blog. The garland is so much fun to use. I love to use them on my paper dolls for hats.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Charlene ~
That is gorgeous !! Your jewelry is absolutely breathtaking ~

"Create Beauty" said...

Charlene, every time I see something exciting like this I want to do it. Your pieces are very wonderful!!! I love to make jewelery and also mixed media pieces... I haven't put much of that on my blog yet, and even wonder if I need another blog since I have so many interests, and they are so different from my paintings.

Lately I have been trying to find a glue that works to attach embellishments to metal. After seeing this post I'm thinking I should be using tools and rivets etc. instead! And I definately know what you mean about all the supplies we realize we need!

Thanks for sharing your fun and informative photos!

~ Violet

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

That Diane is super talented for sure. One day I'm going to make plans to come to one of her classes. You and my hubby share the same birthday! Have a great day, T

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh fun, fun, fun Charlene!! I wish I could have been there to giggle with you girls. What a party we would have had. Love your finished piece, as always, you did a spectacular job. Way to go Diane! Isn't she a great teacher. Thanks for posting so we friends could get a look at you guys having a ball. Hugs, Riki

Unknown said...

So pretty! I love your bracelet - what a fun day!

Diane said...

Charlene....what a GREAT post, and with some great pictures of our wonderful class! Your cuff is gorgeous and you SHOULD be so pleased with it =))) You did a GREAT job my friend!

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

That bracelet is beautiful!! Great job.

Prior said...

Yes, I think I do love it as much as you! You sound like you has a blast! Lezlee

Anonymous said...

Your etched cuff is AWESOME! I want to learn to do that. I took the Rhinestone Dreams class from Diane Cook at Houston's Adorn Me a couple of months ago and just loved it and her as well. She is so sweet and I learned so much.

Jan Thomason said...

first, i love the bracelet - oh, my gosh, charlene, it's gorgeous.
also, the pictures of the ocean on your side bar and you mention that the ocean speaks to you???
charlene, it's more proof that we were separated at birth. the ocean is "me". i love it so much.

okay, question (and you can email me the answer) - where do you find those wonderful stands for your jewelry tools?? mine are just tossed on my work table! i would love a good source.

ttfn, j.t.

oh, and i saw that you went to parasols and petticoats - this year, i'm assuming and that might be wrong. anyway, my sweetest friend, julie of kitchen floor creations went this year for the first time. i thought maybe you might have met her.

Kateyed said...

You made a fantastic bracelet. I am just dazzled!!! i'll bet Dianne was a good teacher. I love her work.

Do open that Etsy shop...I will be there!


Cindy said...

What a great many wonderful pictures, it felt like being there (and I wish I was!). Your cuff is gorgeous..and looks like you learned many cool technqiues to create it. I agree with always wanting more tools...seems like there is always something new to discover. -Like those cool test tube containers for your rivets and screws - where would I find one of those?:-)

Unknown said...

That is beautiful.Your creations are fantastic. It seems like you had an exciting week.
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