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Wireworking Intro for Creating Unique Bracelets Using Pliers and Artistic Wire

Take your jewelry making skills to a new level by learning the starting skills for shaping artistic jewelry wire to create swirls, links, & fancy components for bracelets, guided by a professional jeweler every step of the way.
April Elizabeth Lassing Leithner
71 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 5 learners
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75 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
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Class Experience

In this class, students will learn:
1. The beginning skills for using professional jewelry pliers and cutters to create custom wire components.
2. How to shape copper wire to create unique links for necklaces, bracelets, and all jewelry making. 
3. How to create beaded link segments. 
4. How to use jump rings to combine our beads and copper wire segments into awesome necklaces and bracelets! 
I have over 18 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. I have also been teaching here on Outschool since December 2020 and I've loved every minute!
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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: 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 (recommend: copper wire) 4. A handful (quantity<20) of medium or medium/large beads (recommend: pearls with large holes, large crystals, and anything that's unique and different!) 5. Jump rings (recommend: 6mm in size) 6. Lobster clasp(s) or other clasps of choice 7. Ruler or measuring tape Helpful but not required: 8. 24 or 26 gauge jewelry wire (recommend: copper wire) 9. Thin, metal file 10. A single piece of felt or other fabric to use as a beading mat 11. Jewelry wire in different colors 12. Pencil, marker, or other cylindrical objects of different diameters 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.) • Beads: ~$5. • Clasps and jump rings:~$3-$8 per pack depending on size of packs. • 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 no time outside of class.
Parental assistance may be needed to help students with cutting wire and learning to make smaller loops with wire.


April Elizabeth Lassing Leithner
Lives in the United States
Educator in Professional Style Jewelry Making
71 total reviews
93 completed classes

About Me

Hi there! My name is April and I love to share my passion for jewelry making with students of all ages! My mission is to give every student the same life-changing moment that I had when I first discovered my passion: When I was in high school, a... 
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