Diane  Mason

Diane began her wire career in 1999 by attending William Holland School of Lapidary Arts and continues to upgrade her skills today with ongoing classes. She is an active member of the Franklin Gem and Mineral Society, the Southern Appalachian Artists Guild, and the Blue Ridge Artists Association. After retiring in 2014 as a critical care nurse specialist Diane and her husband moved to Young Harris to be closer to the mountains and to get serious with their rocks by opening and operating their own rock shop. They travel year round selling their jewelry at juried festivals/shows in several states. This direct link to public sales gives her a very personal approach which enables her to lead her students through a short course in pricing and selling their wares. Diane's teaching background allows her to present courses to her students in a very structured manner. Because she believes students should know why they are doing all of the necessary steps she teaches wire theory as well as a hands-on or "monkey-see, monkey-do" approach. While Diane began teaching at William Holland in 2003, making 2021 her 19th year, she also teaches privately for gem and mineral clubs in six states as well as at her home studio. In 2014 Diane began doing specialty wire work for both Ruby City Gems and the Franklin Gem and Mineral Society Gift Shop (the old jail) located in Franklin, N.C. In 2019 she became a "Show Ambassador" for Robin Roberts Promotions, LLC in Blairsville, Ga. While working with this group she is a First Responder in charge of first aid, a vendor, and the Bandmaster for live entertainment. Diane enjoys all of her classes whether it is WIRE I, WIRE II, WIRE III (filigree or faceted stones), BRACELETS, or WIRE SCULPTURE. Her favorite quote is "We do not make flea market garbage in this classroom." She often says that her students keep her grounded and she learns something every time she opens a classroom door.

Class List

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Wire I - Diane Mason
A traditional beginning wire class where students go upward from the basics to be prepared for WIRE II by using extensive classroom theory along with "monkey-see, monkey-do". Ten/twelve projects are planned where no two are alike, each with varying skill learning techniques. Students will begin with the simple and walk their way up to a higher level. Learning techniques will cover (1) two bracelets each with different techniques (2) two calibrated cabochons each with different techniques (3) uncalibrated cabochon pendant (4) uncalibrated cabochon earrings (5) 2 pair of simple earrings each with different techniques (6) a simple ring (7) a basket with an enclosed stone. No two projects are alike. Students will learn how to clean jewelry appropriately, purchase cabochons, price and sell finished products, purchase necessary tools, be introduced to the use of the rolling mill, and to read a pattern. Materials needed including wire, stones, beads, snaptights, and use of all tools used while in class will be provided by the instructor and is included in the class charge. Correspondence 4-6 weeks prior to start of class will be sent for review. Necessary items for students are an OptiVISOR, a sweater, an open mind, and a willingness to learn. Come laugh and learn to wrap stones and wire into jewelry. Lab fee includes practice wire, syllabus, wrap tape, pens, paper, handouts, magic eraser, and use of classroom tools. Media - Wire: silver and silver filled. Contact......(706) 379-1718

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$275
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Wire II - Diane Mason
This is a beginning WIRE II class devoted to the actively wrapping WIRE I student and the WIRE II student who has completed a class and feels his/her performance did not meet the standards set for that class. Many students are hesitant about the transition between WIRE I and WIRE II. This class gives students the necessary confidence to take another step up. Please read the prerequisites carefully before registering. This is a fun class with extreme learning potential. Intensive skill set use with emphasis on detail and more intricate projects will be covered. The use of only square dead soft wire with the use of half hard wrap wire will be taught. Prongs are not taught but students will still be challenged. This is not a difficult class but a "scratch your head and think very hard" type of program. Projects will include a faceted pendant, the use of rockers, advanced cabochon wraps, a loose doublet, and a special cabochon bracelet. Because of the detail to be obtained students can expect to complete no more than 10 projects. Correspondence will be made 4-6 weeks prior to start of class with a necessary supply list. Work may be done in silver, gold filled, or silver filled wire but NOT in craft or copper wire. Students are expected to bring their own tools. Instructor's tools may be used if notice is received ahead of time. All stones and cabochons will be provided by the instructor and a price list will accompany contact information. This ensures that everyone is working on the same size stone at the same time. It is absolutely essential that students meet the prerequisites for this class. Time and consideration of fellow students will not allow any backtracking into teaching the basics. Please read the prerequisites prior to registration. Any questions about eligibility should be directed to the instructor so they can be addressed. Lab fee includes syllabus, handouts, pens, paper, wrap tape, magic eraser. Media - Wire (ss, gf, sf in dead soft with half hard wrap wire) CONTACT: (706) 379-1718 jimndee43@gmail.com.

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $175-$225
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: 18 years or older, 2 (two) traditional Wire I classes with a minimum of 30 hrseach and be actively wrapping at least 2-4 pieces per week

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Wire III - Faceted Stones, Let’s Step It UP!!! - Diane Mason
Scared of small stones? Intrigued by a beautiful faceted stone but don't know what to do with it? Fun, faceted stones, and learning techniques are what you will find abundant here with a total of at least 11 projects all with faceted stones. Even with a different type of stone this is still a traditional wire class. Shapes to be used are: trillion, emerald, pear, marquis, and oval. Each shape will have a pendant and earring combination completed. There will also be an oval stone bracelet. Work will be in sterling, silver filled, or 14/20 gold filled wire and will be the student's choice. We will NOT be using copper or craft wire. A smaller and softer wire will be used. The main purpose of this class is to make wire students aware of techniques used to wrap a faceted stone and to become as confident and successful with faceted stones as cabochons. Contact will be 4-6 weeks prior to start of 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. Please read the class prerequisites carefully. If students have any questions about their qualifications, they are asked to contact the instructor prior to registration. Lab fee includes syllabus, wrap tape, handouts, pens, paper, and magic eraser. Media - Wire (ss, sf, or gf. dead soft with half hard wrap wire). CONTACT: (706) 379-1718 jimndee43@gmail.com

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$250
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: 18 years or older, 2 (two) structured or traditional WIRE II classes of at least 30 hours each: 6 months active wrapping: and completing 4-6 pieces per week

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Wire III - Filigree - Diane Mason
This class is designed for the active wire student who wishes to further his/her wire studies and career. It is NOT a cold connection or silver class. There will be 6-8 basic wire filigree projects taught prior to midday Wednesday. Students will then "step out of the box" and design pieces of their own. All wire used will be dead soft except the wrap wire. Planned projects include earrings, a bracelet, and pendant. Students are asked to bring their own tools, wire, and any special stones or beads they wish to use. If needed, stones and beads will be available from the instructor. Contact will be made 4-6 weeks prior to start of class with a list of needed materials including the name of the book required to be purchased. Students should read all prerequisites carefully and register for class only after the requirements are met. An interest in creating your own jewelry is very necessary. Lab fee includes: pens, paper, syllabus, handouts, wrap tape, magic eraser, and use of special tools. Media - Wire (ss, sf, gf in dead soft only with half hard as wrap wire) CONTACT: (706) 379-1718 jimndee43@gmail.com

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $50-$100
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: 18 years or older, 2 (two)structured traditional WIRE II classes of at least 30 hrs each: be actively wrapping (a minimum of 6-8 pieces per week): A minimum of 2 years wrapping experience: A desire to design on your own

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