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WIRE WORKING

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VIEW OUR CALENDAR SCHEDULE ONLINE.

You may register online for the next date this class is offered.   
Add course to your shopping cart, then continue with the checkout process.
Select the WILL PICK UP AT BE DAZZLED shipping otpoin.
After you register, we will send you an email confirmation.

You may also register 
- by phone (615-292-0610), or 
- in person at Be Dazzled Beads, 718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123, Nashville, TN 37204. 

 

THE FIRST CLASS IN THIS SEQUENCE IS WIRE MIX N' MATCH BRACELET.

Working with wires of different thickness, hardness, shape, color, materials, strength in fashioning jewelry and other objects is a very desirable skill. It takes experience with the feel of wire, how it is shaped, how it's strength can be structurally enhanced, and how it can be interlinked, interlocked and interconnected with other wire, with beads, with other materials. This "feel" will vary a bit with the type of metal. For example, brass is harder than sterling silver.

There are two approaches.

The first is called Wire Work. In wire working, the artist creates shapes, using various sizes of wire. The artist can create jewelry findings, such as clasps, headpins and earwires. S/he can create chains of linked wire shapes. S/he can create unusual shapes to dangle from earrings, or to embellish pieces as decorative components. SHAPE is the key word here.

The second is called Wire Wrap. In wire wrapping, the artist uses wire to create structural components, then assembles these into a supporting system. This is similar, though on a micro-scale, to building and engineering a bridge. The artist might create a setting for a stone, or a piece of jewelry which depends on controlling the tensile strength of the wire in some way, to hold the stone in place, and keep it from popping out. STRUCTURE is the key word here.

 

     After the ORIENTATION TO BEADS & JEWELRY FINDINGS CLASS Class...

Begin by learning how to make a simple wire loop and a coiled wire loop.

Then, do these core classes:
- Mix N Match Bracelet
- Wire Wrapped Cabochon Pendant
- Jewelry Findings and Chain Link Bracelet

Then select from any of our beginner, intermediate and advanced electives.

 

WIRE CLINIC

COILED LOOPS
Beginner

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Learn to make a simple Coiled Loop, useful in the design of earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

   

CORE CLASSES

WIRE MIX N' MATCH BRACELET
Beginner   (This is the 1st class in the Wire Work Sequence)

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In this beginning WIRE MIX 'N MATCH BRACELET class, 
you will learn about wires, tools, 
and a half dozen wire wrapping techniques.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

WIRE WRAPPED CABOCHON-PENDANT
Beginner

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Learn to use Wire as Structural Supports

 

WIRE JEWELRY FINDINGS AND CHAIN BRACELET
Beginner

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Learn to use Wire to make Shapes

 
 
ELECTIVES 

WIRE BRACELET WITH BEADS
Intermediate

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COLD CONNECTIONS BRACELET
Intermediate

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WIRE CONTEMPORARY PENDANT
Intermediate

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WIRE SPARKLE AND SHINE NECKLACE
Intermediate

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WIRE SWIRLED PENDANT AND EARRINGS
Intermediate

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WIRE VIKING KNIT
Beginner

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Learning Goals for 
Wire Working/Wire Wrapping

CRITICAL SKILLS TO LEARN:

- Understanding wires, metals, hardness, and measuring wire

- Understanding tools and mandrels

- Using tools and wire to make shapes; developing Control over how to make shapes

- Using wire to build structural components
--- Learning about support systems and structural elements/components
--- Hammering and twisting wire
--- Making coils and springs
--- Learning how to lock wires together
--- Learning how to create cradles and encaging

- Combining beads with wire

- Combining cabochons and other differently shaped objects with wire

- Chain Making

- Designing Earrings

- Designing Clasps

- Finishing Touches

 

 

 

 

SUPPLIES AND TOOLS
To KEEP ON HAND

 

An assortment of wires, in different gauges, materials and finishes, and in round, square and half-round. We suggest using half-hard wire for most sizes. As the sizes get 14 gauge and above, the dead soft is easier to use.

An assortment of glass, metal, gemstone, pearl beads and cabochons in various sizes and shapes.

As assortment of clasps that you like to work with, in several finishes.

Chain nose pliers (smooth inside jaws)
Round nose pliers
Side Cutters and Flush Cutters
Jump ring pliers
Assorted mandrels (jump ring, ring, bracelet, necklace)
Steel Block
Wood Block
Anvil and dome blocks
steel wool
Chasing Hammer
Leather head hammer/mallet
Plastic head hammer/mallet
4 or 5 pin vises
Cup burr
Caliper
Nail File Set


Work surface
sharpie markers
Scissors
Ruler (marked in inches and millimeters)
Thread zapper or bic lighter

Pen and Paper

OPTIONAL
Small hand-held butane or propane torch
Jeweler's saw and blades
bees wax

 

 

 

THE JEWELRY DESIGN DISCUSSION GROUP
Please join our new group on facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/jewelrydesign/

 

 

 

KITS make great gifts!
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LEARN TO BEAD BLOG

 

 

 

VIEW OUR CALENDAR SCHEDULE ONLINE.

You may register online for the next date this class is offered.   
Add course to your shopping cart, then continue with the checkout process.
Select the WILL PICK UP AT BE DAZZLED shipping otpoin.
After you register, we will send you an email confirmation.

You may also register 
- by phone (615-292-0610), or 
- in person at Be Dazzled Beads, 718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123, Nashville, TN 37204.