Birds Nest for 40?

This coming Monday night I’ll be teaching a class of approximately 40 students how to make a birds nest pendant.  I have to admit, I’m more than a little scared.  What was I thinking?  I’ve never taught anything to a whole class!  I turned down the last invitation to teach because I thought I wasn’t ready.  Am I ready now?

This group will be coming from a local rock club and are basically rock hounds.  Many may never have worked with wire before.  Uh..oh..Will they be able to master the basic spiral?  What if they all kink up the weaving wire and it becomes a tangled mess? Will the little pearl eggs end up all over the floor?  I’m beginning to panic.  Take a deep breath..calm down.

I’ll be handing out a sheet of basic instructions, a zip lock baggy with pre measured lengths of 18 gauge and 24 gauge wire and 3-5 little pearls.  What then? Will I freeze up in fear and just stare at all those faces?   I guess I’ll have to play it by ear.

Wish me luck!!


About zoraidabros

I'm Zoraida and I design and create handmade, one of a kind jewelry. My work is inspired by the art of ancient world cultures that have endured the shifting trends of fashion. I prefer to work in copper and semi precious gemstones but also appreciate fine lamp work beads, wood and other artistically crafted materials. Please visit my studio at and my website at
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4 Responses to Birds Nest for 40?

  1. Dear Zoraida, you will be fine. You have the pre-made material bags that is a huge hurdle. I also take tool kits with the tool I want them to use,enough for everyone. That is the only other tip I can add,oh and keep them focused it will run very late if they all talk too much, you know how chatty we all are:)
    Now have fun with it, you are the expert! They will love you:) Good luck my friend, I am so proud of you:)
    Nancy Pace

  2. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks Nancy for the advice. Keeping everyone focused will be a major and important challenge. I don’t want the class to run for more than 1 1/2 hours, 2 hours at the latest. Everyone has been instructed to bring round nose & square nose pliers plus nippers/cutters. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  3. Best to you, Zoraida! I bet you will enjoy yourself when you get there and begin. It will great for the students to take home a finished product at the end of class and it wouldn’t surprise if you’re asked to teach again. Enjoy your new journey in creativity!

  4. zoraidabros says:

    Thanks Diane, I’ll feel better when it’s all done and have the experience to remember whether or not I teach more classes..

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