"Charms, Dangles, Bells & Whistles" Workshop

by Connie Fox

November 1st & 2nd, 2008

Written by Gail and Carl Pitts

The first weekend in November Connie Fox visited the Old Pueblo to teach her wire workshop, “Charms, Dangles, Bells & Whistles”. Connie has been making jewelry since 1996. Her "former life" was spent as a psychotherapist in private practice. Once she encountered the enticing world of jewelry making she gradually transitioned into a full time jewelry career. Connie's introduction to jewelry was focused on wire working and later she expanded her horizons by studying metalsmithing. She teaches wirework, cold connections and metalsmithing techniques in her studio in San Diego, California (www.conniefox.com).


Connie began the workshop with a discussion of how a “nice” piece of jewelry can be transformed into a very special piece by applying color theory to the design.  This photo shows Connie explaining the use of the 12 Hue Color Wheel to create color harmony as Mary, Jan and Pat look on.

Connie demonstrated the three choices for making the foundation chain for the bracelet: the “garage door spring”, the “figure 8” and the “s-hook”.  Each student made a practice sample of each of the three styles and chose the one they would use to make their bracelet.

Connie then began describing and demonstrating how to create the fourteen different charms for the bracelet:

  1. Double Vision Spiral
  2. Spiral Bail
  3. Lombard Street (it reminded Connie of the winding Lombard Street in San Francisco)
  4. Bell
  5. Charming Head Pin
  6. Twilight Zone
  7. Baby Acorn
  8. Mustache
  9. Larks Head Bail
  10. Unicycle
  11. Haagen Dazs (it looks like an ice cream cone)
  12. Figure 8 Headpin
  13. J-dangle
  14. Swan Clasp

(Connie – how did you come up with some of these names???)


The photo shows Connie using the video camera and monitor to demonstrate creation of one of the charms. 



Here we see Linda and Cindy diligently working on charms for their bracelets.

CONNIE FOX-05.jpgThis picture shows Lyle’s samples of the three foundation chain components and the swan clasp (far right) and some of her charms.

Six of the fourteen bead patterns were all-metal while eight of the patterns included colored beads.  The students used the color theory they had learned earlier in the class to choose their beads and the layout of their charms to give color harmony to their bracelet.


This picture shows one of Connie’s sample bracelets that used the “garage door spring” style for the foundation bracelet. 

Jeanne Jerousek-McAninch provided the photographs presented here.

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