Arts

Wireworking: Advanced Level for Creating Captivating Earrings Like a Pro

Students will learn advanced jewelry making skills for creating earrings from jewelry wire by combining beaded wirewrapping with custom wired frames using jewelry pliers & a bench block, guided by a professional jeweler along the way.
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Class

75 minutes

per class

Meets once

9-13

year olds

2-4

learners per class

per learner

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Description

Class Experience

In this class, students will:
1. Strengthen their wireworking skills by creating more advanced wire components.
2. Hone their skills in shaping jewelry wire and using a bench block/chasing hammer to strengthen their work.
3. Learn to create sturdy wire frames and how to embellish wire components with beautiful beads.
4. Learn how to create jump rings from scratch. 
5. Learn how to combine wire of different thicknesses and beads of different sizes to create unparalleled jewelry designs for earrings!
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.
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Check 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/4FXFPC48GOI9 Or, 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 copper wire 4. 24 or 26 gauge jewelry wire 5. Bench block (recommend brand: Beadsmith) 6. Chasing hammer (recommend brand: Beadsmith) 7. Thin dowels of various diameters, OR pencil(s) and thin marker(s) of various diameters 8. Small selection of beads (recommend: medium sized (such as pearls and crystals) and seed beads (size 11/0, 8/0, or 6/0)). Helpful but not required: 9. Earring hooks/posts etc (we can use store-bought earring hooks or we'll make our own!) 10. Jump rings (we will be learning to make our own, but having extra is helpful!) 11. Metal file 12. A single piece of felt or other fabric to use as a beading mat Extra options (not required but if you have them, bring them!) 13. Jewelry wire in different colors 14. Thing-a-ma-jig 15. Tool Magic (either to be applied to tools 24hrs before class or we'll discuss how to use it at the end of class) Material Costs & Where to Buy: • Jewelry Pliers (Round Nose & Chain Nose Pliers) and Wire 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.) • Bench block: ~$15 • Chasing hammer: ~$12 • Metal files: ~$3 • Tool Magic: ~$15 • 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 15 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Parental assistance may be needed to help students with cutting wire and learning to make smaller loops with wire.

Teacher

April Elizabeth Lassing Leithner
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Educator in jewelry making, mathematics, and ice skating
50 total reviews
81 completed classes

About Me

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,... 
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