Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Leather & Stamping Workshop

What: Leather & Stamping Workshop
When: 7/26/14
Time: 12-4pm 
Where: Chateau Grenzer
Lunch: Pack a brown bag lunch & beverage

I'm finally offering a basic leather workshop!  For years, people have asked how I cold connect to leather, add snaps & attach rhinestone rivets...I'm pleased to say...NOW!  I'm offering a max class size of 10, and these are first come first serve. PayPal Link/Registration is all set up on the right side bar of the blog.

Project 1: Using leather cord, we'll create a wrap around bracelet, adding jump rings & lobster closure.You may opt to add charms, metal stamped tags, beads or to attach your sheet metal with rivets

Project 2 : We will metal stamp words, phrases or designs into sheet metal, cut/shape/file our metal finding, patina, punch holes & cold connect with rivets to our already assembled leather cuff.

Project 3
Learn to customize your leather designs with leather stamping & designs. If you bring additional metal stampings & charms, you may also opt to add those to this piece. An optional item to add is leather flowers which will be attached with snaps

Kit Includes:
1 foot of Leather Cord
(6) Brass Rivets
Brass Lobster Claw
Brass Jumprings
Leather Flower(s)
Plain Snap Leather Cuff
Buckle Leather Cuff
Brass Sheet Metal

Use of:
Metal Stamps (3 fonts available)
Leather Stamps
Rivet & Snap Setting Tools
Metal Hole Punch
Leather Hole Punch 
Mini Misters

Supply List:
  • Bench Block
  • Metal Sheers or Tin Snips
  • Jewelers File or Sanding Block
  • Foam Pad or Bench Block Cushion (to absorb the sound)
  • Hammer or Rawhide Mallet (making memories hammers are great)
  • Sharpie
  • Ruler
  • Scissors (tim holtz red handle is great)
  • Etched Sheet Metal (optional - if you have it, bring it)
  • Jewelry Pliers (including Keiba cutters if you have them)
  • Metal Hole Punch Pliers
  • Melody Ross Stamps (if you have them)
  • Metal Stamps (if you have them - any font will do)
  • Size 0 Paint Brush
  • Baby Wipes
If you have them, also bring:
*Brass Stampings
* Etched Sheet Metal or Scraps of Sheet Metal
*Leather Scraps
*Mini Nuts & Bolts

- If you do not have any of these supplies, go to A Work of Heart & mention you're taking class with me - you get 10% off your purchase:
A Work of Heart Studio
2196 Lincoln Ave
San Jose, CA 95126
Example of Metal Stamping attached with extra leather scrap, rivets & leather stamping technique

Example of Embossed Sheet Metal, rivet attachment & Scrap Sheet Metal cold connected with mini nuts & bolts

Example of Metal Stamping connected with Rivet Connection & Scrap Sheet Metal charm attachment

Example of Wrap Bracelet we will be making

Example of Etched Metal attached with Rivets & mini nuts & bolts used here

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Plaster Play - June 14th

Plaster Play is up on the schedule, and we're planning to get ewy gewy creating these delightful little dresses.  Think vintage baby doll or baby dress, vintage lace and plaster!!! Yummo! If you're interested in joining, the link is all set up on the right tab, simply click the link, pay and you're set!  It's always fun to get the girls together to play.

Keep in mind, my Spring & Summer classes are in the outdoor classroom...Momma always said it's good to breath in the fresh air, and I looooove teaching outside - so inspirational!  So it's always a good idea to dress according to the current climate.  For you newbies at Chateau Grenzer, this is my private home and studio space & a place to gather with kindred spirits.  We are a laid back group of creative women and love playing in a kick back environment.

Class Details...

Plaster Play

Who: Lexi Grenzer
What: Plaster Play
When: June 14, 2014
Time: 12-4pm
Where: Chateau Grenzer – private residence, so please use the studio entrance

Kit Includes:
Encaustic Wax
Chalk Paint
Images printed on cotton sheets*
 Ribbon & Sari Silks
Vintage Buttons
Coffee Dyed Cheesecloth
Wee Wood Hangers
Cream Colored Embroidery Floss

Supply List:
Aileen’s Tacky Glue
Heat Tool
Craft Sheet or Plastic Sleeve (like for paper)
Vintage Ribbon, Lace or Fabrics you wish to incorporate
Vintage Baby Dress or Doll Dress**
Tea Dye or Vintage Photo Distress Ink Pad
Chalk Paint (optional) – if you already have some
Needle & Preferred Embroidery Floss Color (if you don’t want cream)

*I will print your preferred images on one sheet of 8x11 cotton.  I would love to have them printed before class, so if you could email me 4 to 6 of your favorite images & sizes, that would be wonderful.  It helps to look at your dresses and determine size preference.  Typically 4x6 or 5x7 is a great size. If your dresses are more doll sized, 3x3 is great too.

**Vintage Doll or Baby Dress – You can find them on etsy or in your local antique shops.  If you are unable to find one before class, I will have some for sale too.  There is time to complete several dresses, so if you wish to bring more, feel free to do so.