Saami Inspired Bracelets

With Liz Bucheit

Date: September 1, 2018

Skill Level: Any

Class Fee:  $75.00

The serene and dramatic landscape of northern Scandinavia is the land of the midnight sun, the northern lights, and the Saami, a nomadic tribal group that follows the migration of the reindeer.  Traditional Saami adornment incorporated elements of their northern environment – softened reindeer leather and sculpted antler.  In this course we will explore the traditional techniques of triple braiding coiled pewter wire and sewing the finished braid to a softened reindeer hide strip.  A reindeer antler button finishes off the bracelet.  With a 30 year background in Scandinavian jewelry arts, Liz uses the finest quality vegetable tanned “svart” (black) reindeer hide and pewter wire comprised of 96% tin and 4% silver imported directly from Sweden. Additional kits and materials will be available the day of the class.

Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class):  $95.00

Liz Bucheit creates jewelry and body adornment inspired by Scandinavian folklore and myth.  A goldsmith for over 30 years, she holds a master’s degree in metalworking and jewelry form the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and has trained in traditional jewelry and metalworking techniques in Ireland and Norway.  Liz has won numerous competitions, and has been awarded grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, the Sons of Norway, and the SE Minnesota Arts Council.  She has exhibited in museums and cultural centers, and her bridal tiaras and wedding jewelry are in many collections.  Liz is an active speaker on the topic of Norwegian filigree work, and conducts workshops and classes in jewelry design and fabrication.

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See Liz’s video on the Saami-inspired bracelet making class in the video below.