Sámi Inspired Friendship Bracelets
$45 members / $60 non-members
Sámifriendship bracelet. 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 features both materials and design inspiration from their native lands. Students will make a Sámi-inspired bark-tanned leather bracelet with pewter thread, using traditional Sámi design, and a reindeer-antler button. The pewter thread is nickel free and contains 4% silver. The technique is inspired by traditional Sámi designs and involves very close handwork. Tools and supplies will be provided by the instructor. There will be a $50 materials fee.
Level of instruction: All levels. Youth ages 15-17 signed up with a participating adult receive a 25% discount.
Norma Refsal’s passion for metalsmithing began when her family lived in Telemark, Norway, in the late 1980s. After gaining experience in the medium, 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.