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Wire & Fire - Ronda Stevens
This class will introduce students to silver soldering using sterling silver wire, a small butane torch and silver paste solder. There will be projects taught in this class that will incorporate round, half round, square and twisted wire so that each student fully understands how to prepare each type of wire for soldering. There will be fabricated bezels and tube settings incorporated into select projects so that stones and cabochons can be added. The lab fee covers material and tutorials for more than 10 pieces of jewelry created in class including rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants and necklaces. The lab fee also covers the consumables, such as copper practice wire, solder, pickle, butane and the use of instructor’s tools while in class. The instructor will have optional projects available for purchase for completing extra projects at the school if desired. We will go over all safety measures using fire and solder to make sure you are comfortable using your new skill at your home. Eye protection, cotton clothing and closed toe shoes are required in class. If you have not taken a Wire I class at William Holland, please contact me via email to discuss the wire experience that you have. Your questions are always welcome at twistsnturns@msn.com. See project samples at www.twistsnturns.com/williamholland-soldering

Lab Fee: $220.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Wire I or instructor’s permission

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Wire I - Ronda Stevens
In this class you will be introduced to wire wrapping tools and shown their proper use. We will go over wire hardness, shapes, and gauges so that you will be comfortable placing your first wire order when you get home. I have designed this class to introduce you to round, square and half round wire, all in dead soft and half hard so that you will understand the use of each. You will have the opportunity to create bracelets, pendants, rings, and earrings in this class. You will be able to add your personal style to many by adding beads and stones of your choice. Please bring an OptiVISOR or other type of magnification for your use. All other tools will be available for your use in class. Lab fee covers tutorials, copper practice wire, and other consumables. Material cost range is based on the number of projects completed in class. We will be using sterling silver and gold-filled wire in this class. You will be given the opportunity of practicing a technique in copper first, then moving on to precious metal. To view photos of some of the class projects, go to http://www.twistsnturns.com/williamholland

Lab Fee: $40.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $175-$275
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Wire II - Ronda Stevens
In this class we will go deeper into the Art of Wire Wrap Design. We will discuss design techniques and show examples of how to manipulate wire so that you achieve the desired results. We will go over wire selection to gain a better understanding of which wire to use in certain projects. We will add patina to some pieces while creating a high sheen on others. We will do all this and create some beautiful pieces of jewelry. The main techniques taught in this class will be traditional wire wrap design, but we'll add a few introductory wire weaving pieces in the class. We will be using sterling silver and gold-filled wire for most of our projects. There are a couple of projects that we will use copper. You are welcome to bring your favorite wire wrapping tools to class and don't forget any magnification that you need. I will have a few sets of tools available for your use if you do forget anything. Lab fee covers tutorials, copper practice wire, and other consumables. Material cost range is based on the number of projects completed in class. To view photos of some of the class projects, please go to https://www.twistsnturns.com/williamhollandii

Lab Fee: $40.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $175-$275
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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