Gene  Sheridan

Gene started making jewelry as a hobby in 2003. He attended William Holland School of Lapidary Arts and took Wire 2 under Lisa Roberts, Precious Metal Clay under Mary Ann & Ken Devos, Silver 1 under Dan Haga, Silver 1 under Don & Ann Monroe, Cabochons under Diane Brooks, and Rings, Rings, Rings under Ruth Ann Moore. He continued his work with wire and in 2005 was a victim of hurricane Katrina. He moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi in 2006 where he took a position as a Jewelry Wire Artist and Designer for a major company. Shortly after that the company closed their business in Vicksburg and moved to Missouri. Gene did not want to go that far north (To Cold) so he retired and moved to Decatur, Alabama where he has a brother. Gene made three instructional DVDs titled, Interchangeable Cabochon Pendants Volume 1 and 2 and Interchangeable Bead Pendants Volume 1 which are his designs and creations. Gene has been teaching at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts since June 15th 2008.

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Wire II - Gene Sheridan
In this class, we will make bracelets, pendants, rings and various other projects. Pendants will be sculpted and border wrapped. Projects will be made from half-hard and dead-soft wire in either sterling silver or gold-filled. We will be using mostly 20, 21, and 22GA square wire, as well as 18 and 20GA half-round wire. Students should bring their own tools and any wire, cabochons and beads they wish to use; however, the instructor will have wire and other supplies available for purchase if necessary. Each Student should have an OptiVISOR or other magnifier. Materials cost will depend on types and quantities of supplies purchased. Lab fee covers three DVD’s (Interchangeable Cabochons Pendant Vol. I) and one CD (includes about sixty-five informational files and some tutorials.

Lab Fee: $40.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $120-$250
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Prerequisite………....Wire I and about six months of independent practice.

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Wire II - Bracelets - Gene Sheridan
This class focuses solely on bracelets. We will make bracelets using sterling silver and gold-filled pattern, half round, square, twisted square and round wire twisted together and flattened on a rolling mill. We will use beads and crystals in some projects, and cabochons and sculpted cameos in others, We will be using 18, 20, 21, and 22GA square wire, both half-hard and dead-soft; 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20GA half-round, half hard wire; and 14 and 16GA round, dead-soft wire. We will use more 20GA square, dead-soft and half-hard wire and 16GA round wire than anything else. We will use lots of 18GA half-round half-hard for wrapping. Amount of wire needed will vary by how many bracelets you plan to make. Most students make around 12, but one student completed 37 during the week. Students should bring their own tools, an OptiVISOR, or other style of magnifier. If you do not have your own supplies, materials cost will depend on purchases. You should go home with $600 to $700 or more of jewelry to sell, plus the knowledge to make more. The instructor will have wire and supplies if needed. Lab fee covers three DVDS (Interchangeable Cabochons Pendants Vol. I & II, Interchangeable Bead Pendant Vol. I) and one CD (includes about seventy-five formational files and tutorials).

Lab Fee: $40.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $300-$400
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Wire I

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