I'm leaving tomorrow to head to the Philadelphia area to attend BeadFest, more commonly known as WireFest for this particular venue as the classes focus on wire and metal. I've been looking forward to this for a while, having signed up for two classes with Tracy Stanley. I'll be learning about cold connections, which is basically how to join metal without soldering, using rivets. I'll also try my hand at metal stamping (very hot right now) and dapping (make little cups out of metal, like bead caps, always handy).
Here's the example she posted of one of the class projects:
Very cool, isn't it?
I'm also stoked that I'll get to meet a lot of online and real life beading friends, both students and instructors, so it's going to be a mini-vacation as well as a learning experience and oh yes, a shopping trip! What self-respecting BeadFest would be complete without a bead market to buy from?
So expect to see some humble offerings when I get back! In the meantime, enjoy creating!