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Essential Wirework Techniques

Tutor:  Brenda Schweder

Discover your one-stop resource for wirework success! Learn accessible techniques to craft custom findings, links and wire-wrapped pendants.

In this class, award-winning jewelry designer Brenda Schweder guides you through every step of crafting wire jewelry. Once you're familiar with the wire types and tools used in class, learn Brenda's trick for coiling wire by hand and cutting perfectly smooth jump rings. You'll master loops and decorative head pins while creating a lovely pendant necklace and try your hand at a variety of cold connections, from the simple twist-tie to the clever hidden connection. Create sturdy ear wires and secure closures, and discover how to make an array of chain links. Then, learn how to create dimensional frames and wire wraps to capture cabochons and crystals. Finally, transform your jewelry with hammered textures and patinas, and seal your pieces for a finish that will last years.

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Essential Wirework Techniques

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Make Your Own Wirework Findings

Tutor:  Lisa Niven Kelly

Get wrapped up in creating custom wirework for your beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings with jewelry artist Lisa Niven Kelly.

Take your passion for making jewelry to the next level by learning to create your own beautiful, custom findings for wirework bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Award-winning artist Lisa Niven Kelly will entertain and encourage as she walks you through forming a wide variety of findings from ear wires to head pins and more! You’ll learn to perfect the basic loop and then build on that to create hooks, clasps and toggles that can serve as a stunning focal point for a piece. She will show you how to make coils, spirals and flowers to add interest and intricacy to the functional elements of your jewelry designs. You will learn to work in a variety of gauges and metals. Lisa shares her passion for design and will give you the confidence to create and construct your own metal masterpieces.  

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Make Your Own Wirework Findings

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Wire-Wrapped Stones, Crystals & Clusters

Tutor:  Aga Kruk

Learn wire-wrapping methods to make seven sophisticated jewelry projects! Create beautiful earrings, necklaces and pendants to complement your wardrobe.

Aga Kruk shows you wire-wrapping methods to make seven different projects, including earrings, necklaces and pendants. You'll learn basic cold metalwork techniques such as looping and wrapping, twisting and hammering wire, multi-strand beading, and crafting intricate frames and bead clusters. Aga herself will encourage you to keep practicing and let your creativity shine! Her class will give you a whole new set of skills to let you make beautiful professional-looking jewelry to wear and give.

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Wire-Wrapped Stones, Crystals & Clusters

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Wire-Wrapped Stones: Designer Techniques

Tutor:  Aga Kruk

Learn wrapping, weaving and coiling techniques that will empower you and inspire endless new pieces!

Create six all-new designs as you discover the skills to give your wire jewelry an artisan makeover! Join popular instructor Aga Kruk and find out how to wire-wrap stones to create stunning, distinctive designs. Dive into two ways to wire-wrap focal druzy stones, including the beautiful herringbone style. Next find out how to create a striking looped pendant frame with a variety of ornamental techniques, and accent your design with captivating clusters of beads and crystals. Then weave a pair of textural earrings and delve into designing a pendant around a top-drilled stone. Gain confidence with forming and hammering methods as you create a symmetrical frame before learning how to seamlessly attach eye-catching embellishments. Discover Aga's favorite twisting and coiling skills to create two pairs of dramatic earrings and add patina and polish to your delicate designs.

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Wire-Wrapped Stones: Designer Techniques

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Creative Wire-Wrapping Techniques

Tutor:  Debora Mauser

Learn to craft an array of wire components, and mix and match your creations for beautiful custom jewelry!

Discover accessible wire wrapping techniques that will unlock endless design possibilities with instructor Debora Mauser as your guide! Gain confidence with a variety of tools as you find out how to anneal and ball wire, adorn decorative chain links with stamping, and create smooth, uniform coils and spirals. Create stunning wire-wrapped beads, and make your own beads with free-form and coiling techniques! Next, find out how to add eye-catching accents and sturdy connections to your work with rivets and eyelets. Then, learn to shape stunning pendants, including a bold floral motif and dramatic woven stone setting. Finally, unleash your inner designer as Debora shares inspiring ideas for assembling one-of-a-kind finished pieces from your creative wire components, and achieving a gorgeous, long-wearing polish.

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Creative Wire-Wrapping Techniques

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Dimensional Wire-Wrapping Techniques

Tutor:  Kathy Frey

Learn intermediate wire-wrapping skills as you create striking, sculptural forms.

Craft eye-catching, dimensional pieces with award-winning jewelry artist Kathy Frey as your guide. Begin by practicing hammering, forming and Kathy's signature weave to make an airy, leaf-shaped frame. Progress to a more complex, moon-shaped frame as you learn accessible tips for wrapping uneven shapes and seamlessly adding more wire mid-design. Then, delve into three- and four-sided frames for a wire-wrapped wow factor, and find out how to craft an elegant half-shell pendant with a hidden pearl inside. Discover how to create crisp bends in your wire, before wire wrapping an advanced pyramid frame with gold wire. And, explore versatile techniques as you learn how to wire wrap beach glass to create gorgeous focal elements for necklaces and more. Finally, elevate your designs with a stunning matte finish, two-tone patina or ombré effect.

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Dimensional Wire-Wrapping Techniques

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Start Wire Weaving: Cabochon Pendants

Tutor:  Dawn Horner

Start creating the artisan jewelry you've always admired! Learn to weave a stunning wire pendant, bail and embellishments that will showcase any stone in style.

Create wire-woven jewelry with confidence! Instructor Dawn Horner guides you every step of the way, beginning with an introduction to materials and techniques. Discover Dawn's figure-eight weave, then learn how to capture any cabochon with two variations of a woven bezel frame. Next, transform your bezel into a pendant with a lovely, marquise-shaped bail! Shape and align your bail and learn to weave a dreamcatcher-inspired netted backing to secure a stone to your pendant. Then, find out how to sew beads and eye-catching embellishments into the front of your piece and add finesse with an antiqued finish. Plus, discover key cleaning and polishing tips that will make all of your wirework shine!

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Start Wire Weaving: Cabochon Pendants

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Wire Weaving Bracelets: Basics and Beyond

Tutor:  Sarah Thompson

Mix and match essential wire-weaving techniques to create beautiful custom jewelry!

Achieve success wire weaving bracelets in a variety of styles with step-by-step guidance from artist Sarah Thompson! Learn versatile techniques that will become the foundation for any wire-weaving project, beginning with the figure-eight and modified Soumak weaves.  Sarah shares the secret to achieving tight, consistent weaves, and shows you how to incorporate thicker-gauge wire and texturizing techniques into your work for enhanced dimension. Explore layering and "sewing" methods to create elegant woven bands and decorative adornments, and learn how to securely attach an elegant bead or crystal to your design. Then, bring your bracelets together with a handmade articulated clasp or hook-and-eye closure. Along the way, Sarah will share foolproof tips for sizing; troubleshooting kinked, knotted and broken wire; and even completing your pieces with a sophisticated antique finish.

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Wire Weaving Bracelets: Basics & Beyond

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Filigree Jewelry: With a Twist!

Tutor:  Melody MacDuffee

Learn simple techniques for twisted wire jewelry and create stunning necklaces, earrings and more!

Gain confidence working with wire as instructor Melody MacDuffee guides you through simple hand-twisting techniques in seven stunning projects! Develop your skills as you learn to form a basic flower motif, and with a few twists transform it into a pair of lovely floral earrings. Form delicate wire branches by hand to complete a captivating, candelabra-inspired necklace, and manipulate memory wire to make a bold, framed-cuff bracelet. Discover how to integrate colorful beads into a variety of designs, including Melody’s signature framed filigree earrings. You’ll also learn how to craft bezeled rings and pendants, creating the perfect showcase for beautiful flat-backed stones. Along the way, discover tried-and-true tips to seamlessly repair breaks, keep your wire kink-free and add professional closures to your finished pieces.

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Filigree Jewelry: With a Twist!

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