Learn Gemstone Wirewrapping for Creating Gorgeous Pendants Like a Professional!
In this one-time class, students will expand their jewelry making skills by learning how to use jewelry pliers and wire to create unique and secure wired gemstone pendants, guided by a professional jeweler every step of the way.
April Elizabeth Lassing Leithner
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Gemstone pendants are a spectacular feature of our jewelry, and this jewelry making class will introduce students to the skills needed to create their very own stunning wired gemstone pendant! In this advanced-level wireworking jewelry making class, students will take their jewelry skills to the next level by reviewing how to use different sized jewelry wire and professional jewelry pliers to create a secure and beautiful natural gemstone pendant. The class will review how to prepare wire for...
In this class, students will: 1. Enhance their skills in using professional jewelry pliers and cutters. 2. Learn how to measure, cut, and prepare jewelry wire when creating a frame for their selected gemstone. 3. Learn how to shape jewelry wire around a gemstone to create a secure frame. 4. Learn how to finish off their pendant with a secure bail. 5. Discover how to consider different finishing touches to keep experimenting with beyond class time!
I have over 15 years of experience in jewelry creation, including designing and successfully selling my work through artisan festivals and e-commerce for over a decade. As an educator, I have been teaching students from elementary to high school through the world of jewelry making for over 7 years through homeschool classes, birthday parties, private instruction, and after-school enrichment courses across 8 elementary schools.
1 file available upon enrollmentCheck the following Amazon shopping cart for a comprehensive list! You can purchase materials directly from the list or use it as a reference as needed. Please be sure to check the comments on each item: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2E591T8TFDQSC Read below for more details on all essential supplies: Required Materials for Class: 1. Round Nose Pliers (thin nose, round jaws) and Chain Nose Pliers (thin nose, flat jaws) 2. Wire Cutters 3. 18 or 20 gauge jewelry wire (copper, silver, gold, any color!) 4. 24 or 26 gauge jewelry wire (matching copper, silver, gold, any color!) 5. Gemstone/Cabochon: a 25mm-30mm oval gemstone is perfect, but anything that is slightly round and relatively flat can work too! 6. Pencil or other similar round dowel 7. A round object similar in size to your gemstone, such as a spice bottle 8. Ruler or measuring tape Strongly recommended: 9. Flat nose pliers (flat inside jaws, wide tip of nose) Helpful but not required: 10. Masking tape (recommended for students with less jewelry making experience) 11. Beading mat (to keep work from sliding around as we create) 12. Metal files (for smoothing out rough wire edges) Material Costs & Where to Buy: • Jewelry Pliers + Cutter: ~$10 • Jewelry wire (18, 20, 24, and/or 26 gauge wire): ~$7/spool (Note: "g", or "gauge", refers to the thickness of the wire: the higher the number, the thinner the wire.) • Gemstone/Cabochon: approximately $15-20 for gemstone packs, or $3-10 for individual cabochons off Etsy. • Beading Mat: ~$5 • Metal files: ~$3-5 • Materials are available online or at your local craft store such as Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics. You can check your stores for coupons, such as saving a fixed percentage off your entire order. Feel free to ask any questions ahead of time regarding materials!
1 hour 25 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Parental assistance may be needed to help students with cutting wire, and helping students make successful bends in wire if needed.
April Elizabeth Lassing Leithner
Educator in jewelry making, mathematics, and ice skating
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
50 total reviews
81 completed classes
Hi there! My name is April and I love to teach jewelry making through beading, mathematics through creative hands-on projects, and the joy of ice skating! I have been working with young students and their families in my community for over 7 years,...