I am teaching a jewelry design elective this year at school. It is both really fun and really stressful. The class is designed as a therapeutic activity group for girls. We have a topic each day, often girl-directed, and my assistant and I teach them how to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets using simple wire and headpin loops and clasp attachments. They get to keep the first of any new project they make.
The day I taught them how to make tiny loops to attach freshwater pearls to hoop earrings there was so much swearing to address that after the class left I just wanted to put my head down on the table and rest. We are asking girls of vastly different fine motor and coordination skills to do a very precise task...with tools.
The girls have learned how to make jewelry. We are selling our jewelry to make money for supplies and to support a good cause, Haven House shelter for victims of domestic violence. The show is next week and I am nervous but excited. Never underestimate the ability of an At-Risk teen when you put good supplies into her hands and tell her that success is the only option.
Cover your ears though because a broken earwire can result in a torrent of obscenities the likes of which you have never heard!
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