Even if the jewellery making bit isn’t for you this tutorial on Firemountain Gems is pure Christi Friesen. The focal of the necklace and the components are all sculpted in her usual whimsical style. The tips about making her “lookit blends” (basically, marbling for colour complexity) and making leaves were some of my favourites from doing classes with her. If you enjoy mixed media work, there’s a ton of room in this piece for embellishing with beads, glass, wire.
By Elaine Robitaille