I chose the Beginning Earrings class taught at Dina’s studio in Murray Hill. In the hour-long class, Dina led 7 students through the process of making a pair of earrings using wire, beads and tools, first explaining the names and purpose of each of the tools and materials we used. Then, she gave an overview of how to choose color combinations for the earrings we were making, using a color wheel to demonstrate how certain colors can complement each other.
After walking us through the wire-wrapping process, we were on our own to choose from the plethora of beads she had available in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. For my earrings, I chose a small round orange bead, set against two pairs of organically-shaped indigo stones. As you can see, orange and blue, being complementary colors on the color wheel, are a vibrant combination.
Although all of the students in our class followed the same instructions, the results were 7 dramatically different pairs of earrings – each pair as unique as the designer who made them. Dina’s solid instruction was apparent in everyone’s ability to easily create strikingly individual pieces.
I left the introductory 1-hour class with plenty of ideas to apply in Dina’s Intermediate Earrings and Necklace Design classes, and I’m excited about my potential new jewelry collection of one-of-a-kind pieces!
If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to accessorize your wardrobe and express your individuality, consider a jewelry design class offered by Modnitsa Atelier. Who knows? You may end up launching your own jewelry line!
-Anna Maria Pellizzari