Kaska  Firor

Kaska is an award winning jewelry artist who has been designing and crafting wire jewelry since 2001. Originally a traditional wire wrapping artist in recent years she has shifted her focus to more innovative wire techniques including those borrowed from basket weaving and textile arts. The intricate and visually complex patterns of the weaves were what originally attracted Kaska to wire weaving and her fascination with the art continues as she discovers more complex and challenging ways of combining and modifying techniques and more inventive ways of incorporating stones, beads and other elements into her woven designs. She displays and sells her jewelry at art shows in the Midwest where she has won numerous awards .Her work has been published in several trade magazines such as Art Jewelry magazine, Step-by-Step Wire and Bead Style. Her first book, Freeform Wire Woven Jewelry, was released in November 2013. Kaska enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others. She teaches jewelry classes throughout the US at private studios, bead shops, and jewelry schools, as well as at national shows such as Bead and Button and BeadFest. She believes that strong foundations are the key to successful design. In her classes, she emphasizes proper technique and attention to detail, challenging her students with projects designed to increase their skill level. For additional information, visit Kaskas website: www.designsbykaska.com or www.facebook.com/designsbykaska

Class List

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Wire II - Weaving - Kaska Firor
This course will concentrate on wire weaving. Students do not need any weaving experience, but must be familiar with basic wire skills, and need to be comfortable using wrapping tools, such as various pliers and cutters. We will explore several weaving techniques: looping, netting, basket weave, stitching, etc., working with copper, fine silver and sterling silver. Depending on individual progress, you can expect to complete four to seven projects. Lab fee covers supplies for the three required projects, practice wire and other consumables, such as use of torches, liver of sulfur, steel wool, etc. Kits for other projects will be available for purchase from the instructor, although you can also bring your own materials. The instructor will contact students a few weeks before class with a list of required tools.

Lab Fee: $175.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$200
Prerequisites: Wire I or basic wrapping skills

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Wire III- Advance Weaving - Kaska Firor
In this class, we will concentrate on intermediate to advanced wire weaving and other related techniques. Determined by the student interest, some topics that might be covered are in design creating new weaving patterns, precision bending of large gauge wire, wire forging, multiple stone designs and simple soldering. Depending on individual progress, you can expect to complete three to six projects. Lab fee covers all supplies for the first project, practice wire, liver of sulfur, steel wool, etc. Kits for additional projects will be available for purchase from the instructor, although you can also bring your own materials. The instructor will contact students a few weeks before class with a list of required tools.

Lab Fee: $200.00
Estimated Materials Cost: 0-200
Prerequisites: Wire II: Weaving with Kaska or equivalent experience

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