Learn To Make Beach Glass Jewelry At Audubon

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary will present a workshop on making wire-wrapped beach glass jewelry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27.

Instructor Christine French will teach three different techniques for creating jewelry by wrapping beach glass in wire. Participants will make three practice pieces and one final project.

First participants will learn how to wrap a piece of “practice” glass using thin wire before experimenting with heavier gage wire that can be hammered into shape. Participants will learn how to make a bezel to encase the glass with wire. Then students will be ready to create several jewelry pieces using real beach glass that comes from Lake Erie and silver wire.

Chains will be provided to wear jewelry home. Those participating are welcome to bring their own jewelry pliers and any beach glass they may have.

Christine French is retired from teaching art in the Garfield Heights, Ohio, City Schools. She holds a degrees from Kent State University and graduate school. A resident of North East, Pa., she is on the board of the North East Arts Council and the Design Committee of Downtown North East.

French teaches classes for Chautauqua Institution, NEAC, Erie Art Museum and Lakeland Community College. She is an artist who recycles and reuses materials to create baskets, glass work, photo collage, encaustics, and jewelry and sells at several galleries and art shows in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. Examples of her work can be seen at artthingsbychrisfrench.com.

Class size is limited to 16 people with a minimum of 11 needed. The fee is $53 or $45 for Friends of the Nature Center.

Reservations with payment are required by Monday, July 22, and can be made by calling 569-2345 or clicking on the Program Listing link at jamestownaudubon.org.

The Audubon Center & Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.