Class Calendar

Bead Dazzle

I will introduce metalwork as a foundation for building a story or personal treasure statement. I will provide the metal for the focal and tools for shared use - you provide the treasures. The metal plate you cut, shape, file, texture and punch may be copper or brass. With individual design effort, your own treasures of copper, silver, brass, gold, filigree and painted parts will blend nicely with the back plate to tell your story. Don’t forget the beads, buttons and dangles! See the samples in the shop for inspiration, design and scale, and choose your treasures among the great variety found there. Wire cones, clasp and kumihimo braided cord not included - for inspiration only. I will discuss these options with students.

Beginners welcome - bring your own plier sets and cutters for individual work. All metal working tools available to share in class.

Chain Maille is not just for bracelets! Your pliers are your best friend as you build a two-layer triangle of Sterling Silver jump rings into a focal piece or connector for a fabulous pendant. This Japanese Chain Maille design allows you to create a geometric fabric that feels as good as it looks. Use extra jump rings as spacers and create a versatile extension and fabricated clasp for your necklace design. An understanding of antiquing chain mail will be given. Keep the geometric theme in mind as you add a pendant and just the right bead strand. See sample and scale of Chain Maille design in shop.

All students must have two pairs of non-serrated chain nose pliers or one flat and one chain or two flat nose pliers. Check with the shop for suitable sizes and shapes of tools. Please have good personal magnification. Shop will provide lighting or bring your own portable lighting as you work at your own seat.