Saturday, November 13, 2010

Jewelry Class In-a-Box

Jewelry Class In-a-Box!
I have always been crafty and love to work with my hands. I love needle arts, crochet is my favorite and the first of the arts that I learned at the tender age of 6.

I started beading just four short years ago. I was looking for something to do for "extra income", something fun and crafty. I found my passion at the local Joann Craft and Fabrics in Kissimmee, Florida, in a package called Jewelry Class in-a-Box. Hey, it was on sale—something like 40 or 50% off. Couldn't pass THAT up! I had really not made any type of beaded item before. I had done some on-loom bead weaving and had made a couple of crochet necklaces from yarn but had never created a strung beaded object so it was all new to me.

The kit came with glass pearls, crystals, bugle beads, metal beads, beading wire, crimps, clasps, head 7 eye pins, earring findings, a bead board, and some round-nose-type pliers. I followed the written instructions carefully and was delighted to find that I had just produced my own professional-looking beaded and crimped necklace and earrings although they were very simple. The pastel colors of the beads were not the greatest, and now I know that the quality of the beads was also not that great. But I had done it. I had made jewelry, and I saw that it was good...very good! Not bad for an initial $15.00 or so investment.

From that point on I was totally and completely hooked!