I survived the wirework class! After a short meeting of the Suffolk Gem & Mineral club members, the floor was handed to me. As I mumbled “hello everyone”, I was asked to stand with a signal to speak louder, and for a brief second, I froze. These people didn’t really know who I was although they had seen me at shows here and there. I quickly blurted out my reason for being there and luckily, most of them already had pliers in hand, ready to go.
One of the members came over to help distribute the little packets of supplies I had made and I was relieved – “great, I don’t have to stand here talking to the group. I can walk around and pretend this is a one on one”. As I started making the nest and moving from person to person, I began to relax and calm down. They all seemed so eager to learn this, I was flattered. These “rock hounds” could cut cabs from rough and do all sorts of wonderful lapidary work and I could only show them this simple little wire work. I was humbled.
The evening went by quickly. Little nests began to sprout throughout the room, some were already on chains, one was a future decoration for a Christmas tree (I hadn’t thought of that!) and one was dangling from an ear. At the end, everyone completed their birds nest project, I was thanked and asked to think of what I want to teach next. I did it!
The experience inspired me to revisit my little nest theme and I created this necklace.