At the state conference for the Tennessee Art Education Association, we have the opportunity to take 1 or 2 day intensive classes in a given medium or technique. Last year I took encostics. It was wonderful to give it a try, but it really wasn't for me. I do have a greater appreciation, and I really did enjoy trying it out!! This year I took jewelry making. I've never done anything like it before, and thought it would be great to try something new. WOW!! SO MUCH RESPECT FOR JEWELRY MAKERS!!!!!!! It was so labor intensive. I created a necklace for my wife. I did not make the beads, but all the little eyelets & twists that connect all the beads together.