What you'll do
In this class I will teach you how to make jewelry with precious metal clay and I will teach you the basics of leatherwork. Basically, I will teach you everything I wish I had known when I started working with precious metal clay and leather. I will teach you how to best work with bronze metal clay and its properties, how to roll it out and sculpt it, how to dry it and fire it in a kiln. And how to polish it. I will teach you how to attach a pendant to chain - also called wire-wrapping. I will let you know all the technicalities involved in this process. And while we wait for the jewelry pieces to dry and to be fired, we move over to leather. We will talk about different leathers, how to cut it, how to saw it and how to glue it. We will cover how to attach handles to a bag. I will teach you the saddle stitch so you can make a leather piece by hand. And for those with sewing machine experience - they are welcome to use the machine. After this class you will be inspired and know enough to start jewelry work and leather work yourself. I will be available for questions after you finished the class and are in the thick of your own projects.
I'm Lili Tanner and I make leather goods and jewelry. I've had my label Lili T. California for about six years now and it's going great. I sell my wares in selected stores all over the country, online and I do some maker's markets. I'm originally a writer (art critic, advertising, novelist) and I started making jewelry and leather bags just for myself. When people wanted to buy the pieces off me on the street I knew I was on to something. That's how it began - and last year Diane von Fürstenberg bought a bag of mine in a store in Idaho. You just never know until you start somewhere...
I will serve a light healthy lunch.. There will be a variety of healthy snacks like nuts and fruit.
There will be teas, coffee and many cold refreshments to choose from.
I will provide all the materials and tools you will need. Just bring work clothes and the curiosity to learn.
Where you'll be
The class will take place at my studio and my house - the same property where my guesthouse on Airbnb is located. I'm in Twentynine Palms, California.
Keep these in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 5 guests aged 10 and up can attend.
it's a fun and full day - bring clothes you are comfortable to work in. Due to firing time your jewelry pieces will not be finished when you leave. I will fire and polish them and send them to you.
Learn jewelry & leatherworks at Lili T
£397 / personNew experience
£397 / person