Diane will begin with the very first necklace she designed using a vintage chandelier crystal, called Crystal Princess. It is here she will reveal the secret to one of her favorite and most unique attachments in this design.
Next, you’ll move on to another one of Diane’s designs called, Rhinestone Dreams, where once again a faceted chandelier crystal is the star, but for this design she will share two choices of focals; either by using a gorgeous vintage rhinestone buckle or by attaching a vintage bauble to a brass stamping.
Finally, Diane shares her secret for designing the necklace she calls, Crystal Confetti. She walks you through the steps she took to design this stunning piece, this time using an icicle chandelier prism, along with many bits and pieces of vintage rhinestones, faceted crystals and much, much more.
These are just some of the things you will be learning in this workshop:
• Ways to attach chandelier crystals onto a necklace
• How to incorporate vintage jewelry into your designs
• How to transform vintage jewelry into a connector
• How to use a torch to make ball head pins
• How to patina your wire
• How to wire wrap
• How to make a simple, yet elegant closure
• How to use cold join attachments
Diane Cook has created art since she was 6 years old, but it wasn’t until she attended her first art retreat in Hampton, Virginia, did the artistic life she yearned for suddenly begin. That’s when she discovered dreams really do come true….as now, she is living it!
Her love for using vintage jewelry and components, especially vintage rhinestones in her designs, has become an ever constant source of inspiration. When not teaching and designing jewelry, her love for photography and mixed-media art, constantly keep her preoccupied.
Diane has been published in Belle Armoire Jewelry, Artful Blogging, Somerset Memories, Jewelry Affaire, Marie, Jewelry the zine. You can also find her work in several books, Bead Soup by Lori Anderson, The Missing Link by Cindy Wimmer, and in a mixed media art competition book published by North Lights, called Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media. She was also a contributing artist in Kristen Robinson’s eBook, The Romance of Mixed-Media Jewelry, and was honored to be a Guest Curator for Crescendoh.com, sharing her story of how Art Saves, in May, 2010.
Diane’s Artful Gathering Workshops include, Heart Strings, Etched & Layered Cuffs, Window to My Heart, Romantic Wrapped Necklace, On a Wing Cuff, and The Art of Base Metal Etching. Available now on DVD.
Diane has joyfully been making art, designing jewelry and sharing her love for teaching full time, since retiring in 2010.