Last month I had the awesome opportunity to film an online class for www.craftsy.com called Big & Bold Wire Jewelry! Now that my class is almost ready to launch this Sept. 21st, they're offering one FREE class giveaway through a special contest.
The class includes lifetime access to all seven lessons offered, in an online environment that also includes my live participation through Q&A's and evaluation of your finished jewelry. If you run into trouble, or if you just want some advice, I'll be there to help you!
Quick! Sign up through this link:
Once you've signed up for the giveaway, there's nothing to do but wait... and you just might be the winner! My fingers are crossed for you.
Here are just a few of the projects you'll learn how to make using heavy-gauge wire:
(Photo credit: Craftsy.com)
In our first lesson, we'll talk about working with heavy-gauge (14ga through 10ga) wire, and we'll use it to make huge jump rings that we'll interconnect into gorgeous rosettes. The necklace pictured above is just one way to use your rosettes; another of my favorite designs is a bold bracelet like this one:
Once you're comfortable using your tools to work with heavy wire, a whole new world of design options will open up for you! And the great thing is, you can make some or all of the projects in the first four class lessons using inexpensive copper wire before trying out your new skills with sterling silver or gold-filled. (The remaining three lessons focus on fine-silver fusing, which I'll talk about in a future post.)
In our next lesson, we'll make heavy-gauge wire frames that we'll embellish with a variety of beads, pearls and charms using finer gauges of wire. Here's an example of what you can make with the techniques you'll learn in this lesson:
In my www.craftsy.com class, I used copper wire to make a necklace pendant very similar to the one pictured above. Once you learn how to make a pendant, you can easily use the same skills to design beautiful pins, bracelets or earrings. It's lots of fun, and a great way to use up leftover beads and pearls from other projects!
I'm also going to teach you how to make bold S-clasps with coil-wrapped beads, wire forging and texturing techniques, ear hooks, and more.
Here's another project we'll tackle using copper metal strip instead of wire:
Tornado earrings! These are FUN to wear, and incredibly lightweight. The earrings pictured above were made using metal punches. Here's another option:
And of course, you can also use texturing hammers and chasing tools to make incredibly beautiful copper strips that can then be formed into beautiful cones for earrings (this is demonstrated in our lesson!). I also show you in detail how to make bead dangles on headpins--perfect every time.
There are too many projects from my NEW Craftsy class to show in a single blog post, but I will be posting more photos with descriptions very soon. In fact, I haven't even touched on the last three lessons, when we'll be using two different torches to fuse fine-silver wire and shape it into a variety of different links and pendants to make bracelets and earrings. You'll just have to tune in later for more info on that...
And if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me!