In this course, you will learn the foundations of wirework jewelry to create a fabulous new piece of jewelry out of something once treasured.
Open to students of any experience level. Ideal for people new to the art form.
- An item that you find interesting or special that you’ve held onto and are ready to make into a new piece of jewelry
- Jewelry-making tools: round-nose pliers, chain-nose pliers, flat-nose pliers, wire cutters (flush)
- Wire: 5 to 10 feet of 20-gauge colored copper practice wire
- Beads: a 15-inch strand or a collection of your own beads
- Sharpie® marker
- Safety glasses (optional, highly encouraged)
- Soft polishing cloth (optional)
- Beadboard (optional)
- Clasps and ear wires will be discussed in class and can be purchased later if needed
- become familiar with and use jewelry-making tools.
- learn the foundations of wirework jewelry: wraps, loops, links, attaching findings.
- explore several jewelry design styles—linking, coiling, embellishments, headpins—and use them in their own design.
- create a short “elevator pitch” and an extended narrative to describe their jewelry and share as part of the show and tell event at the end of the course.
- be able to use their new skills to create jewelry on their own after taking this course.
Photo by Amy Wilderson