Library hosts jewelry lesson


Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.Participants made a necklace to take home during the jewelry making program at the Boardman library Sept. 25.


Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.Lynn Gilbert worked on the pattern for a necklace at the jewelry making program at Boardman library Sept. 25.


Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.Instructor Madeline Dunchak helped Dorothy Voitus with her necklace at the jewelry making class Sept. 25.


Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.Karen Saunders (left) and Dorothy Voitus discussed the patterns for their necklaces at the jewelry making program at Boardman library.


Neighbors | Elise McKeown Skolnick.Many books on jewelry making are available to loan from the Boardman library.


Adults learned the art of necklace making at a Boardman library program Sept. 25.

As part of the library’s Show What You Know series, librarian Madeline Dunchak helped participants make a one-of-a-kind necklace.

“You can make any kind of pattern you want,” she told them.

Each participant brought their own beads and a fastener. Dunchak provided wire to string the beads on and the tools needed for cutting the wire and adding the fasteners.

A friend told Lynn Gilbert of Poland about the program. She’s never made jewelry before.

“I’ve never done it,” she said. “But a lot of people I know do it, and they make some really cool stuff, some really pretty necklaces and bracelets.”

She wore a bracelet a friend made for her to the event.

“I thought, I’ve got to learn how to do this,” Gilbert added. “I’m excited.”

To start, Dunchak told them to lay out their beads in a pattern they liked, making it a length they wanted for their necklace. She gave each a piece of felt to use for laying out their pattern and had a measuring tape on hand to check lengths. She showed them how to measure the stringing wire, cutting it a bit longer than the desired necklace length, to allow room for the fastener. She also showed them how to add the fastener. They started at one end of the necklace with one piece of the fastener, strung the beads, and finished it off with the other piece of the fastener.

Dunchak had various books on jewelry making available for the participants to look through.

The books were also available to sign out of the library. And she discussed the supplies needed for jewelry making, as well as supplies that are helpful.

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