Wire I - Diane Mason
This is a traditional wire class where students go from basics to preparation for WIRE II by using extensive classroom theory combined with a monkey-see, monkey-do approach. Ten/twelve projects are planned where no two are alike, each with varying skill and learning techniques. Students begin with the simple and walk their way up to a higher level. Novice wire wrappers will easily transcend to being prepared for WIRE II. Techniques covered and used are for creating two different bracelets, two different calibrated cabochons, an un-calibrated cabochon, un-calibrated cabochon earrings, simple earrings, faceted stone pendant faceted stone earrings, use of snaptights and a basket enclosing a stone. No two projects are alike. Wire will vary in sizes, shapes, and tempers. There will also be no craft, copper, or brass wire used. Students will learn in the wire that they will go home and cue to create fabulous pieces for sale or gifts. Students will be taught to clean jewelry appropriately, purchase cabochons, price and sell finished products, and purchase and use necessary tools.
Wire II - Faceted Stones - Diane Mason
Have a fear of faceted or small stones? Are you intrigued by a beautiful faceted stone but dont know what to do with it? If you answered yes, then this class is for you. Fun, faceted stones, and learning techniques are what you will find abundant here with a total of twelve projects using all faceted stones Shapes to be used are: emerald, trillion, oval, teardrop (or pear), marquis, and a smaller softer wire. Work will be in sterling, sterling filled, 14/20 gold filled or a combination of these and is the students choice. Projects include a pendant and earrings in each shape, a hard wire bracelet, and a soft wire bracelet. This is a traditional wire class, please read the prerequisites carefully. Students must be actively wrapping, and making at least two creations per week. If you have questions as far as your qualifications, please contact the instructor prior to registration. The main purpose of this class is to make the student aware of the techniques used to wrap a faceted stone, and to become as comfortable, confident, and successful wrapping faceted stones as with cabochons. Contact will be 5-6 weeks prior to class with a list of supplies prices, and wire needed. Students will be working on the same size and shape of stone, at the same time and are asked to please obtain stones from the instructor. Lab fee includes: syllabus, wrap tape, 14-15 handouts, pen, notebook, and sharpie marker.
Prerequisites: Two structured/traditional Wire I classes (at least 30 hours each) and 6 months active wrapping.