Mixed Media Jewelry Artist
Diane 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 has joyfully been making art, designing jewelry and sharing her love for teaching full time, since retiring in 2010. She teaches two online classes each summer at an online art retreat, called Artful Gathering, and teaches locally as well as nationally, having taught at Art Unraveled in Phoenix, Arizona, Adorn Me in Houston, Texas, Gilding the Lily in Fullerton, California, Studio Crescendoh in Santa Ana, California, Ephemera Paducah in Paducah, Kentucky and at ArtBLISS in the Washington DC area. She also is a core instructor for Vivi Magoo Presents, which has jewelry/mixed-media art retreats in Round Top, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona.
Now that we've shared this tremendous talent with you, we would like to introduce her classes scheduled for this June 2015! Doing a happy dance, because I absolutely cannot wait to do both of these classes -- and I know you're gonna freak out too!!!
What: Repoussé Hearts
Who: Diane Cook
When: June 19 2015, from 10-5
Where: A Work of Heart, Studio
2196 Lincoln Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
Cost: $175 (kit included)
Lunch: Southwestern Chicken Salad, Tomatillo Dressing & Chips and Salsa
Lunch is Lexi's treat, so you can keep playing without worrying about traveling for food!
- SEATING LIMITED TO 20 -
Repoussé, a method of decorating metals in which parts of the design are raised in relief from the back or the inside of the article by means of hammers and punches. The name repoussé is derived from the French word pousser, “to push forward.” This ancient technique, which has been used extensively throughout the history of metalworking, achieved widespread popularity in Europe during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.
If you have been waiting to try this technique, wait no more. The time is now…as I will share “my style” of designing repoussé hearts, which will be the main focus in this class. And, how about adding another great technique to the mix…torch fired enameling! Yes, you’ll have the option to add a bit of enamel work, including the technique of sgraffito, to your design, which makes for many beautiful and unique combinations.
Forging and annealing heavy gauge wire will also be covered and is an option to use in class, if you desire a choker. But, if that’s not your style, bring along a bit of extra goodies to complete a necklace. Whatever you choose to design, it’s sure to delight. Come join me for the day, as we work some metal magic.
Class Handout & Heart Patterns
Brass Wire, Round & Square
Sanding Pads & Synthetic Steel Wool
Tiny Screwdrivers/Nut Drivers
Fire Bricks/Heat Resistant Surfaces
Dremel Tool/Drill Bits
Face Masks/Disposable Gloves
Texture Hammers/Brass Mallet
Patina Solutions/Finishing Wax
I will have a couple of the following for use in class, but bring your own if you don’t want to wait:
Metal & Hardwood Dapping Sets
Heavy Duty Cutters & Safety Glasses
Student Supply List:
Brass &/or Nickel Silver Sheet Metal, 22-24 gauge, at least 1- 6”x 6” piece
Copper Sheet Metal, 22-24 gauge, at least 1-6”x6” piece
(24 gauge will only be used to Repoussé in class. 22 gauge can be used as the base/bail or additional embellishment)
Jewelers Saw/Saw Blades (#4/0, 5/0 or 6/0) or
Metal or French Shears (I prefer French)
Bench PinMetal Jewelry Files, #2 (flat &/or half-round) & Needle Files
What: Encrusted Cuffs & Earrings
Who: Diane Cook
When: June 20 2015, from 10-5
Where: Intrepid Thread
1709 S. Main St., Milpitas, CA 95035
Lunch: Please pack a brown bag lunch or Jack n Box is across the street
Muffins and Water will be provided by Lexi
- SEATING LIMITED TO 12 -
Cuffs are so easy to just slip on and go. So….what do you say? Let’s make some that are over the top, and dripping with your favorite gemstones, snazzy beads, pearls, or vintage goodies, such as rhinestone buttons, vintage lace, or super cute charms.And, just so you have some cool hoops to match your gorgeous cuff, I’ll show you how to design these too. Come join me for a packed full day of bending, layering, winding and wrapping. It’s going to be FUN!
Materials supplied by Instructor plus use of tools includes:
Patina Supplies & Renaissance Wax
Torches & Fuel
Fire Bricks & Heat Resistant Surfaces
Quenching Bowls & Pliers
Power Max Flush Cutters or Fat Daddy Cutters
Students should bring:
Brass or Copper Wire, 12 gauge, approx. 40-46”for each cuff & 6” for each set of hoops
Copper, Brass or Sterling Silver Wire: 20-22-24 gauge (make sure the wire fits thru the holes of your gemstones, or other goodies) (Please patina your wire before coming to class, if possible)
Sterling Silver Wire, Half-hard, 20 gauge, approx. 2’ per pair of hoops
Sterling Silver Wire, Half-hard, 22 gauge, approx. 4’ per pair of hoops
Gemstones, variety of sizes (8-6-4-2mm), (I like to use a variety of raw & mystic gemstones)
Pearls (Keishi, Freshwater, Coin, Seed)
Small Foil Lined Glass Beads &/or Czech Glass Beads, Seed Beads &
Gemstone Drops (drilled top to bottom), or your choice of bead for the hoops
Pliers: Chain-Nose, Flat-Nose & Round Nose Pliers
Metal Hole Punch Pliers, 1.25-1.8mm
Square Mandrel, Large seen here
Wrap & Tap Pliers, Large seen here or Bail Making Pliers, Large, 6x8.5mm seen here
Nylon Jaw Bracelet Bending Pliers seen here
Wire Rounder Set or Cup Bur seen here or here
Ball Peen Hammer
Rawhide or Plastic Mallet
Steel Bench Block
Bench Pad or Rubber Bench Block
Flat Jewelry File, #2
Tape Measure, Flexible
Vintage Rhinestone Buttons-a variety of sizes & shapes
Vintage Keys (such as a Diary Key)
Tiny Vintage Watch Faces
Tiny Charms or other small goodies that can be wired onto your cuff
Vintage Lace or Sari Silk
Work Light, preferably battery powered