Woot! Monday I sent out a selection of jewelry pieces that will now be available at the Alternatives Museum Store at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington!
You may remember that back a few years I participated in an event there, and it’s a great space right near the Riverfront. The DCCA is packed with artist studios as well as having the store and exhibitions, so it makes a great place to spend some time.
For those of you subscribed to my newsletter, you might remember this from one of last year’s mailings. I wanted something fun to share with everyone while I’m at Peters Valley this weekend and maybe it will inspire a few others to sign up for my mailing list (hint, hint.)
Outmoded Jewelry Terms
Carcanet: A jeweled chain, necklace, or collar
Gorget: a crescent-shaped ornament worn on a chain around the neck as a badge of rank by officers in the 17th and 18th centuries
Chatelaine: a hook-like clasp or a chain for suspending keys, trinkets, scissors, a watch, etc., worn at the waist by women or a women’s lapel ornament resembling this
Fob: A short chain with a decorative seal or other device attached to the end. The fob and chain hung outside the watch pocket, and could be used to pull the watch out of the pocket.
Girdle with Pomander: A girdle was a leather or metal belt that wrapped a round the waist to hang things on (in lew of pockets) The pomander which hung from the girdle encased ambergris or another perfume to protect against infection.
Chaplet: a type of head ornament in the form of a garland, wreath, or ornamented band, to be worn around the head. Chaplets were made of metal with repoussé decoration or embellished with gemstones and pearls.
Yesterday was my first Rivet Pendant workshop and it went pretty well (See, I refrained from saying “smashing.”) I do probably need to make it a little bit longer, but everyone was able to finish at least one pendant. Interestingly, only the guys actually put theirs on the cord during class…
There were a fair number of people there with prior metalwork experience, so they all decided to draw their own patterns, getting pretty crazy at times. It was really neat to see all the different versions of the same project. Hopefully, I’ll be able to offer this class again sometime. (Hint, hint, if you know of a place that might like to offer it, hook us up)
PS – My next workshop is the Sinking a Bowl workshop in conjunction with the 2012 Super “Bowl” Challenge on January 28-29th, 2012 at Millersville University.