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Bayfield, WI – How To Make Your Own Jewelry at Silverwaves Jewelry

Do you remember making friendship bracelets as a little girl?

All you needed was colored thread and a safety pin to hold your bracelet to your jeans while you spent hours tying knots in your favorite pattern.

Add in a few of your gal pals, and it turned into a party – a jewelry-making party. You could spend hours:

  • Tying knots
  • Trading bracelets
  • Layering one after another on your wrist or ankle

And let’s not forget giggling and spending time with your girlfriends. Is anyone else instantly transported back to their best friend’s bedroom?

I can see myself in my her bedroom sitting in a bean bag, listening to the Backstreet Boys, and talking about which one I had the biggest crush on.

This would last for hours – making our own jewelry and connecting with friends.

What if you could relive this same experience but in an adult version?

Bayfield, Wisconsin, is a cozy little town on the shores of Lake Superior. For years it’s been a haven for artists. From jewelry makers, potters, painters, and metal workers, Bayfield is known for celebrating the arts.

Lissa Flemming, owner and metalsmith of Silverwaves Jewelry Working Studio & Art Gallery. She invites beginner jewelry makers and “torch-slinging adventurers” into her fully equipped workshop.

And better yet, it’s within walking distance from Seagull Bay Lakeside Motel.

Be inspired by Lissa from Silverwaves Jewelry

Lissa is a biologist turned metalsmith. Inspired by her travels, including living in Baja, Mexico for 18 years and now in Bayfield, Lissa has always been captivated by the nature surrounding her.

After starting small and traveling from art fair to art fair, Lissa opened Silverwaves Jewelry in 2016.

Lissa’s jewelry reflects Lake Superior and the natural world that surrounds her. Many of her pieces reflect the waves and ripples of Lake Superior and native stones in rustic settings made with organic sterling.

But if you know Lissa, she isn’t one to keep her incredible talent all to herself. Recently, she added a working studio as part of Silverwaves Jewelry called Workshop 46.8° N.

Lissa crafted a fully equipped jewelry workshop with the best equipment she could find.

From beginners to experienced jewelry makers, Lissa has curated a well-designed space for you.

Explore Your Creativity by Joining a Jewelry Making Workshop

So what kind of jewelry are we talking about?

From metalsmithing to beading and ring making, Lissa has created workshops for people of all skill levels.

Some of her jewelry-making workshops include:

  • Drilling Beach Stones & and glass-making jewelry from the results
  • Beaded Earring Bar
  • Bezel Setting
  • Rings stamped with names, dates or sayings
  • From Beach Treasures To jewelry
  • And More

Not only will you learn a new skill and make something beautiful but you’ll also be surrounded by the talents of other local artists and makers.

Lissa has truly created an environment meant to inspire. Here you’ll foster old friendships and make new ones. Be inspired by others’ creativity while surrounded by state-of-the-art equipment and a relaxing studio space. You might even decide to listen to your favorite boy band for old-time sake.

Lissa spoils you by providing:

  • Gourmet lunches prepared by a local chef (for all-day courses)
  • Baked goods made by Wonderstate Coffee
  • Mugs, bowls, and plates made by local potters

Worried you don’t have the creative mind to inspire you? Some of Lissa’s workshops include kayaking and dog sledding to help you find inspiration from Lake Superior and the outdoors. Use the backdrop of Bayfield to spark your creativity.

Adventure and jewelry-making all in one weekend.

Schedule a Jewelry-Making Workshop at Silverwaves Jewelry in Bayfield

Are you ready to make room in your calendar, grab some gal pals, and make something using your own two hands?

There are three opportunities left in 2022:

  • Saturday, November 19th – Precious Metal Clay: Charms and earrings
  • Sunday, November 27th – Sami-inspired bracelet
  • Saturday, December 17th – Beads. Beverages. Bantar: Beaded Snowflakes

Don’t hesitate to check out the 2023 workshop schedule for more jewelry-making workshops.

Are you looking for a more intimate experience? Then consider hosting a private workshop to celebrate your next birthday, bachelorette party, girls’ weekend, or whatever – you really don’t need a reason.

Where to Find Other Jewelry Makers and Artists in Bayfield

In Bayfield, we’re spoiled with the talents of many artists. And if you’re looking to find other one-of-a-kind and handmade gifts in the area, let us help point you in the right direction.

Other artists and galleries we love are:

  • Austin Miller Studio & Gallery
  • Eckles Pottery and Fine Craft Studio
  • Stone’s Throw
  • Lake Superior Scandinavian
  • Penny Print Shop
  • Karlyn’s Yellowbird Gallery & Art Studio

These galleries feature a collective of artists and mediums. From watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, screen printing, and more. With artists such as Grace Hogan, Jonathan Wahlburg, and Lissa Flemming, I’m sure there’ll be something to catch your eye.

Grab Your Gal Pals, Make Some Jewelry, and Stay at Seagull Bay

Come stay on the shores of Lake Superior at Seagull Bay Lakeside Motel. It’s located on the edge of town and is within walking distance of Silverwaves Jewelry, where the jewelry-making workshops are held.

Using the Brownstone Trail, you may find inspiration during your 10-minute stroll along the old railroad grade bordered by Lake Superior. And if the weather isn’t ideal for walking, the drive is an easy 2 minutes away. You don’t have to worry about traffic here.

No matter how many friends you bring along, we have accommodations to fit a party of any size. From traditional-style motel rooms to the cottage that sleeps up to 8 people, we promise you’ll be comfy and cozy while looking out onto Lake Superior.

Come visit our 1940s lakeside motel filled with old-school charm and modern touches to relive fond memories and make some new ones while you make your own jewelry in Bayfield.

BOOK NOW. Your room is ready!

Mollie, Isaac, Axel, Ridge, and Banks


Workshop 46.8° N – Silverwaves Working Studio & Art Gallery

Austin Miller Studio and Gallery

Eckels Pottery

Stone’s Throw

Lake Superior Scandinavian

Penny Print Studio

November 13, 2022

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