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Mechanicals –FUNky Junque necklaces With Jen Cushman


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Jen Cushman

Jen Cushman is a natural storyteller who’s drawn to the imperfect, the quirky, the artsy and the authentic. She’s been creating mixed-media art for 20 years and has authored two jewelry-making books, filmed six instructional DVDs with F+W Media, has appeared as a guest artist on DIY and morning television shows and her work has been widely published in national art and jewelry magazines. In 2019 when the Covid19 pandemic hit, she followed her heart and created a brand new business called Soul Stir Magic, where she’s an energy healer, intuitive guide and facilitator to help women listen to and take action on their deepest desires and soul whispers. Jen’s passion is helping other creatives explore their inner knowing which, in turn, empowers them to live a juicy life with intention and authenticity.

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Look like you’re leisurely strolling about Paris flea markets in search of cool found objects for your mixed-media jewelry projects BUT, in reality, you know you’re staying home during the pandemic and making some really FUN wearable art that looks like it could have come from the trendiest of Les Puces Marche! In this workshop we will turn Finnabair’s Mechanicals into cool metal charms to create lovely layered necklaces. The generous kit will allow you to create not one, but two necklaces in junque drawer style.

We’ll also be using the Frank Garcia’s Luxembourg hardware along with Prima Modeling Material to make beautiful vintage hardware castings from lightweight air dry clay. These statement necklaces look like they weigh a ton, but they’re really light and easy to wear thanks to the art material. Instruction includes how to paint and faux finish the castings to mimic real metal hardware. We will talk about how to properly design statement jewelry and how to do the jump ring attachments properly so the necklaces lay well and fit comfortably.  Basic wireworking will be taught as well.

 Note: Some prep work to the charms is necessary before class day in order to show up prepared and ready to create. This mostly includes punching holes into the metal charms beforehand, but more easy and detailed instructions on how to do this will be emailed to students before class.

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