I attended some classes at CREATE in NJ this week. One of the classes (took it yesterday) was a Bits and Baubles necklace class with Jean Van Brederode. We made components from metal and joined them together with rivits, eyelets, or mini fasteners. I really enjoyed this class. Since I can't use some of the patina stuff because of allergies, I brought my Gilder's paste to add color. LOVE that stuff!!! Jean supplied almost everything else - all the metal, charms, tools for those of us who didn't have the right ones, fasteners, etc, etc. Luckily, my good friend Tery also attended the class and she is a Jewelry maker extradinaire so she had lots of tools. Jean also did an enameling demo and making head pins with a torch. I stayed away from the fire-not a good thing for me to be around! The pale green beads are Jade which I had in my stash (think my friend Jeannie got them at a yard sale) and also the metal discs they are set in. They were gold but what a wonder a little Gilder's paste can do! The tassel and other beads are also from my stash as is the chain and toggle. So, here is my necklace. I am thinking of removing the last two motifs and making them into earings. Unfortunetly because of my neck, I can't wear heavy necklaces, but I am sure I can find a home for it.