Diane  Mason

Diane began her wire career in 1999 by attending William Holland. She continues to upgrade her skills today by attending two or more classes per year. She is an active member of the Franklin N.C. Gem and Mineral Society. The Southern Appalachian Artists Guild, and the Blue veteran critical care nurse specialist Diane and her husband moved to Young Harris to be closer to the mountains they both love, to get serious with their rocks, and to operate their own Rock Shop locally. In 2014 Diane began doing specially wire wrap for Ruby City Gems in Franklin, NC and continues to do so today. Diane and her husband travel yearly to sell their jewelry in juried shows in the Carolinas and Georgia. This direct link to public sales gives her a personal approach to be able to lead her students through a short course on pricing and selling of their completed pieces of art. Dianes teaching background allows her to present her courses to her students in a very structured manner she believes that students should know why they are doing all of the necessary steps, so she teaches wire theory as well as a hands-on monkey-see, monkey-do approach. Diane began teaching at William Holland in 2003 making the 2018 season her 16th year. She also teaches for gem and mineral clubs in six states, for any specialty group, as well as her home studio. Diane enjoys all of her classes whether it is WIRE I, WIRE II, WIRE III, BRACELETS, or WIRE SCULPTURE and she will quickly tell you that she learns with each class. Contact information: H: 706-379-1718 C: 843-621-0003 jimndee43gmail.com: or at JIM N DEES ROCK SHOP.

Class List

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Wire I - Diane Mason
Come let me show you how to wrap stones and wire into jewelry. This is a traditional beginning wire class where students go from the basics to preparation for WIRE II by using classroom theory along with "monkey-see, monkey-do" techniques. Ten/twelve projects are planned, each with varying foundational skills and techniques. Novice wire wrappers will easily transcend to being prepared for WIRE II. Students will learn how to clean jewelry, purchase correct cabochons, price finished products, purchase tools and learn how to use them, as well as learn to read patterns. All materials required for class are include in class materials cost and will be provided by the instructor. Tools will also be provided for classroom use. Students should bring: an Optivisor, an open mind and a willingness to learn.

Lab Fee: $45.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $190-$275
Prerequisites: Under the age 18: requires Instructor’s Approval.

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Wire II - Diane Mason
This is a beginning WIRE II class devoted entirely to the WIRE I student who is actively wrapping and wishes to advance their career. This will be a fun class with extreme learning potential and an emphasis on detail work using smaller stones and more intricate pieces. Approximately 10 projects which will include small faceted pendants and earrings, a loose doublet, a faceted stone bracelet, and a variety of other lovely pieces while learning the use of rockers, and an introduction to wire sculpture and design. We will NOT be using copper, brass, or craft wire. Instructor will send a letter with supply list prior to class. Students are expected to bring their own tools and purchase all stones and cabochons from the instructor—price list will accompany supply list. Should you have any questions about your eligibility, supplies, etc., please contact instructor: Home: 706-379-1718, Cell: 843-621-0003, Rock Shop: 706-379-3124, or jimndee43@gmail.com.

Lab Fee: $45.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $175-$225
Prerequisites: Two traditional Wire I Classes (min. 30 hrs) & be actively wrapping (2-4 pcs/wk)

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Wire III – Faceted Stones, Let’s Step It UP!!! - Diane Mason
Have a fear of small or faceted stones? Are your intrigued by a beautiful faceted stone but don’t know what to with it? If the answer is yeas, then this class is for you. Fun, faceted stones and learning techniques are what you will find abundant. A total of 12 projects using all shapes of faceted stones will be completed. You will also become familiar with and use a smaller gauge of wire. Students will use (1) Sterling, (2) gold filled, (3) silver filled, (4)a combination of these metals and is the student’s choice. Students must bring their own wire since it will not be available in class. Projects include a pendant and a pair of earrings in each shape plus two bracelets. This is a traditional wire class so please read the prerequisites very carefully Students must be actively wrapping and making at least two creations per week for six months prior to arrival. If you have any questions about your qualifications, please contact the instructor prior to registration at 706-379-1718 or by email at the following: jimndeed43@gmail.com. Instructor will contact each student 5-6 weeks prior to class with a list of supplies to bring, supply prices, and where and what wire to order and bring. Students will be working the same size stones at the same time and are asked to obtain all stones from the instructor. Lab fee includes syllabus, wrap tape, 14-15 handouts, pen, sharpie, and notebook, and wire cleaning cloth.

Lab Fee: $45.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $175-275
Prerequisites: Two structured/traditional Wire II classes of at least 30 hours each and 6 months active wrapping.

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