Friday, January 18, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
Want to register early?
Come in Friday evening 6-9 PM and register in person and recieve a $10.00 gift card. This offer applies to in-store registration only. One card per customer.
Check your calendars and give us a call, classes fill up quickly. For more information on classes go to our FAQ page.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Designs in Wire is a great one to hone your wrapping skills. We use heavy gauge wire in class, and students make all sorts of components and pieces to use in jewelry designs.
Here is a quick project for you to try...
- 14 gauge sterling silver wire, dead soft. About 18"
- an assortment of freshwater pearls 6-8mm
- daisy spacers or other small spacers to enhance drops
- Round nose plier
- Flat nose plier
- Wire Cutters
The necklace is made in 4 sections.
The bottom is a 3" piece of wire, looped at each end. About 20 freshwater pearls are individually wire wrapped and slid onto the wire to form a free-floating cluster.
The sides are about 6" each, curved in slight "C" shape and looped at each end.
The back is made up of several pieces. A hook (Cut 1 1/2' of wire. Use round nose pliers to make the loop on one end and the curve of the hook on the other.) 6 figure "8" pieces and a wire wrapped dangle. Two figure "8" components connect the center to the side wires. (For the "8" components, cut an inch or so of wire and loop each end in the opposite direction. Adjust the loop sizes according to how much wire you have cut. The top and bottom loops do not have to be the same size.
I make all of the individual components first, and then assemble them together. Lengthen if needed by adding more figure "8" pieces.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Both classes are for all levels and are $95 each.
Sign-ups begin Saturday January 19th at 10 AM. (Preview is the night before, Friday 6-9).
I an really looking forward to these classes...check your schedule and spend the weekend creating memories.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Sunday, June 24, 2007
After the pieces are dried and smoothed, they are fired in a 1650 degree kiln (with the door closed).
Clasps before firing:
Clasps after firing, polishing and embellishing:Two photos of Kate's finished clasps that she fired in class. These are samples for the upcoming PMC workshop in the fall that will focus on Making Your Own Clasps.
The next Intro to PMC class is Saturday, July 21, 10-5. Check out PMC class information here.