The Delaware Valley Bead Society (DVBS) will sponsor “Botanical Jewelry” with Linda Williams on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at 7pm in the Café of the Hunterdon County Senior Center, 4 Gauntt Place - Building #1, Flemington, NJ. The program is free and open to the public, but non-members must pre-register.
Williams’ botanical jewelry is just that – jewelry made from plant materials. She goes on nature walks to search for and collect leaves, flowers, berries and other kinds of plant materials that may be used to create the components for her jewelry. About 5 years ago, for the NJ State Flower Show, she made a necklace out of 4 different kinds of berries, leaves and carved orange peels (very few of her pieces do not have plant materials). Williams’ jewelry is not for sale; she makes them to enter into flower shows, where rules may be strict about the components (a lobster claw for the clasp or a clasp made out of something plant-based), or as examples when she gives talks to groups such as garden clubs.
Her first introduction to bead work was a few classes at Michael’s to learn how to crochet with beads and how to do Viking knitting. Then she moved on to stringing beads and making earrings. Williams eventually began working with plant materials. The process of preparing the plant material can be lengthy, depending on how long it takes to dry out (she air-dries the materials). After the drying part is done, she paints the components to add color and seals them for longevity. Once those processes are complete, the pieces are assembled it into some form of jewelry. She looks to real jewelry for inspiration in making her botanical creations.
Williams’ program will be presented during the two-hour DVBS meeting. To register as a guest, e-mail your name, address and phone number to email@example.com or call (908) 246-1231.