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Sámi Inspired Bracelets—An Introduction

April 20, 2017 with Norma Refsal

Participation
Youth ages 15-17 receive a 25% discount.
Level of Instruction
All levels.
Location
The Finnish American Heritage Center, 437 Quincy St., Hancock, Michigan
Tuition
  • $65.00 Members
  • $85.00 Non-members

This class is a collaboration with the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock, Michigan. The Sámi are the indigenous people of the far north in Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. In addition to fishing and farming, reindeer husbandry has been an important part of their livelihood. Sámi handwork, or duodji, features both materials and design inspiration from their native lands. You will make a Sámi-inspired leather bracelet with pewter thread, using traditional Sámi design, and a reindeer-antler button. The pewter thread is nickel-free and contains 4% silver. You will leave class with one fully completed project. The technique involves very close handwork. Tools and supplies will be provided by the instructor. There will be a materials fee of $35.

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About the Instructor

Norma Refsal
Norma Refsal

Norma Refsal’s passion for metalsmithing began when her family lived in Telemark, Norway, in the late 1980s. After gaining experience, she began creating jewelry for the 21st century based on traditional Scandinavian-inspired, or neo-Nordic, designs. She creates jewelry for daily wear out of silver, leather, wood, and enamel, finding the simplicity of the design to be both timeless and elegant.