About 2 years ago I met my old college roommate at The Bead Bar in College Park to take a basic stringing class. I ended up buying a spool of beading wire and stone beads which I made into nice necklaces. I ended up collecting beads here and there and happily made some gifts along the way.
I decided to advance my beading skills to the "wire wrap" level, so I thought about taking the 3 hour wire class offered this Saturday. I guess as a crafter and artist, it is difficult for me to spend money on workshops if I feel that I could learn the same procedures from a well written reference book. (probably not nearly as well or quickly, but $40 could buy a lot more beads!)
So I bought a nice book on wire wrapping and tackled my first wire wrapped elements, including some basic fish hook earrings. Well, I used cheap wire and odd beads that were hanging around the studio, but I was feeling quite pleased with myself. I even made those ear wires! There is a big learning curve when it comes to me and wire, but I think it's a fine start, and I plan on practicing with more of this inexpensive wire before I start messing around with sterling silver.
As for sketching and drawing...
Stay tuned, for the creative muse will shift back around to watercolor and colored pencils. It's a cyclical thing with me. For now, I'm happy with my pliers and little plastic trays of colored glass.