This whole thing started out last fall as one of those crazy ideas that I threw out there and never thought would stick. I was surprised when my co-worker and I actually got the green light to pursue doing a series of jewelry making programs for teens. Because of the funding cycle for teen programs, we plotted out the basic idea and bought our supplies almost six months ago. Per my usual m.o., I felt like we had all the time in the world to get things together... then, suddenly, our first program was bearing down on us!
After tossing lots of different ideas around, we decided to teach the teens how to make a front clasping necklace with a book cover charm pendant and little dangles hanging from the chain. We also hoped to have them make coordinating earrings.
|The sample I made to publicize the programs.|
I made up a few handouts for the participants, the main one on how to make a simple loop was adapted from instructions from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads. I also gave them a list of resources for purchasing jewelry making supplies as well as library materials on beading.
Once everyone had most of their bead units made, we taught them how to open and close jump rings and loops so that they could put the clasp on the chain, attach their pendants, and add in the dangles. Voila! Finished!
Here are the finished designs from our inaugural program... I think they all did a great job!
I mentioned before that we had hoped to have them make earrings as well... time just didn't allow for that so we will nix that from the rest of our planned programs. We also learned that having registration set at ten might be a little ambitious for novice teachers. Luckily, five was just about right for our first time out. All the girls but one really seemed to be super interested and excited about the program and the end result. A couple of them said at the end that they thought they had found a new hobby!
Overall it was a great first teaching experience. I think we learned a lot on how to go forward and I feel good that we provided a quality program that was interesting and something different from the usual.