Beach Retreat – Open for Registration

I don’t know about you, but for me, the beach and ocean air are restorative and inspiring.  For these reasons, the coast is a perfect location to learn new techniques and relax.  Barbara Kennedy of Artisans of Metal and Thread and I will be doing a retreat at the Surfrider Resort in Depot Bay next month!  The retreat runs Saturday November 14 and Sunday November 15.  We are teaching 4 classes total and you don’t need to bring anything except yourself to the retreat because all materials required for the class projects are included in your $200 retreat registration fee!


The classes will teach you a bunch of techniques including:

  • Basic Beading
  • Bead Wrapping
  • Cold Connections
  • Finishing
  • Forging
  • Leather Basics
  • Oxidizing
  • Using Findings
  • Wire Wrapping
  • Wire Weaving
  • Working with Metal

We’ve reserved a block of rooms at a special retreat rate of $79.99 per night (1 Queen Bed) or $129.99 (2 Queen Beds), but you are welcome to stay anywhere in or around Depot Bay.  The Surfrider has gorgeous views and beach access as well as a restaurant and bar.

For your shopping pleasure, Beluga Beads (formerly Roots Beads) is within short walking distance.

Come and spend the weekend with Barbara and Michele and rejuvenate your creative soul!  Call 503-720-2925 for more information and to register now!

New Class for Fall

I’m currently prepping to teach at a weekend retreat and here’s a sneak peek of the sample for one of the classes I will be presenting. I call it “A Woven and Twisted Heart.”


This abstract heart pendant features 3 different weaves, the sumac, a 3/3 weave, and coiling, along with flourishes of twisted wire and some spirals.  There’s a good deal of room in this design to play and make your own variation.  The pendant is about 1 1/2″ long and can be worn at a variety of lengths.  The class is 3 hours long and costs $50, materials included.

If you would like to learn how to make your own heart, contact me to schedule or call Artisans of Metal and Thread.

Kits Available for Fall Leaves Bracelet

LeavesandVines1The following kits are now available (first come, first served) for the November 1st Fall Leaves Bracelet Class.  Each kit is $35 and contains all of the beads and metal needed to make the bracelet.  Please specify you metal choice – silver color, copper, or bronze – when placing your order for kits.  The 4-hour class is $50 and starts at 10am at Artisans of Metal and ThreadPlease register for class in advance.

Kit 1 – Lammas

Kit 1 - Lammas

Kit 2 – October
Kit 2 - October

Kit 3 – November
Kit 3 - November

Kit 4 – Winter Blues
Kit 4 - Winter Blues

Kit 5 – Thanksgiving
Kit 5 - Thanksgiving

Kit 6 – Early Spring
Kit 6 - Early Spring

Kit 7 – Yuletide
Kit 7 - Yuletide


Fall Bracelet Class Preview


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I’m so excited to have finished the first of a few class plans for Fall September through November classes offered at Artisans of Metal and Thread.  This bracelet/cuff features focal beads, dangling wrapped leaves, coiling and weaving.  Students just starting out and experienced learners will both enjoy this design.  You will learn how to or refresh your skills making jump rings, wrapped loops, wire working, coiling, wire weaving, creating an optional hook clasp, and general finishing techniques.  Want a year-round version?  Just substitute the leaves for briolettes or other top drilled beads.  Love the look as is?  Kits are available to pre-order.

This all day class (10-3) is $50 and pre-ordered kits which will contain all wire and beads will be $35 each.

Contact me to register now in advance.



How to Coil – Video Post

CoilingCloseupHere’s the first installment in my techniques video series.  This quick 2-minute video will show you the basic technique required to produce tight even coils by hand.  Most would think, at least I did, that coiling would be the easiest technique to master; but, the opposite is true.  Tension is very important and most new weavers are afraid to get so friendly with their wire.  However, with practice you can achieve tight, uniform, beautiful coils similar to the ones on this piece:rosette

What’s in a name?

I am sometimes asked why I use the name Aguasulis?  What does it mean?  Where did it come from? So I think now is a good time to share the origin of this name with all of you.

Many years ago, I took my first trip outside of the US and went to England.  My trip was only 5 days long, but the experience of going to London and Bath was in many ways life changing for me.  I know when I talk about it that way it sounds like a cliché, but it’s true.  I learned so much about myself on that trip and the way I looked at everything changed forever as a result.  The trip truly marked a turning point internally.

Anyway, as you may or may not know, the local Roman goddess of Bath from is Sulis Minerva.  There is a temple at the Roman bath house in Bath dedicated to her.  The mineral springs there were referred to by the Romans as “Aquae Sulis,” which translates to “the waters of Sulis.”  One of the attractions at the bath house is a fountain in the Pump Room where you can drink the mineral water which is said to have healing powers.  And naturally, I drank the water.

Several years after that trip, while trying to think of a pen name and username for my blog “Aquae Sulis” popped into my mind.  Knowing that most people wouldn’t be able to spell or pronounce the Latin phrase, I substituted Aquae with the Spanish word for water “agua.”  Afterall, I should be using all those years of Spanish in high school and college for something, yes?

So there you have the story behind “Aguasulis.”  This name has over the years morphed for me into an alternate identity mostly because it’s the name I use on my writing and my art whenever I have shared my creativity publically.  Creating for me is as healing and transformative and essential to my soul as water is to my body.  Jewelry is just another medium I use to express my creativity.


If you are reading this, you have made it to my new website.  I am so excited to have you visit.   Thank you for stopping by.

I’m working on growing this site into a resource for like-minded folk who love jewelry, love making jewelry, love beads, love stones, love wire, love learning new things, and above all appreciate the art of craft.

In the coming months, I hope to blog regularly about my classes, my students, my latest pieces, my successes and my failures.  I look forward to sharing this journey with you.

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Here we go!