Essential Wirework Techniques
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.