Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Basic Wire Jewelry Techniques Class (Shipwreck Beads, Lacey, WA)

EDIT: See revised class description (we're now focusing on techniques, instead of projects). Supply list is at the bottom of this post.

I'm excited to announce that I am again teaching at Shipwreck Beads in Lacey, WA!
you'll be able to make this bracelet
using the techniques learned in this class

This class will offer beginning jewelry designers a solid grounding in ten elemental jewelry-making techniques, including working with wire and jump rings, and making plain loops and wrapped loops. Students will also learn how to create a bead dangle, a wire spiral, a bead link, and a wire-wrapped bead.
in this class, students will learn how to wire-wrap a bead like this one
(we won't be doing the collage on the bead itself - just the wire work)
With home practice, the skills learned in this class will enable students to create a wide variety of jewelry, including earrings, pendants, bracelets, necklaces and more.
you'll be able to make these earrings
using the techniques you've learned in this class

During class, we’ll be focusing mostly on techniques rather than completed projects; each student will receive a handout containing notes on the information presented, as well as “recipes” for creating jewelry at home, based on the techniques learned in class.

Instructor Christine Hansen is a glass bead artist, veteran jewelry designer, and co-author of the best-selling book, Making Mixed Media Art Charms & Jewelry.

Registration fee: $40

Class dates:
  • Saturday, 9/10/11 - 1pm-5pm (7CS0911
  • Saturday, 10/15/11 - 1pm-5pm (7CS1011)
  • Saturday, 11/19/11 - 1pm-5pm (7CS1111)
  • Sunday, 12/4/11 - 1pm-5pm (7CS1211)
How to sign up: Call Shipwreck Beads to register: (360) 754-2323, or at (800) 950-4232.

with the skills you learn in this class, you'll be able to make this bracelet and...
this beaded necklace/eyeglass holder/badge lanyard

Supplies needed for class:
It’s a great idea to make sure your supplies coordinate (ex. copper jump rings, copper wire, copper head pins, etc.). Listed below is the detailed supply list, including Shipwreck's item numbers and quantities needed.

Jump rings: 7 grams
Head pins: 7 grams
2FI61-any OR FI61-any
Wire: 1 spool each of two gauges (sizes) of bare round wire (don’t get anything with a coating on it).
copper:                        18 gauge – 18CW856
                                    20 gauge - 20CW856-1
            stainless steel:  20 gauge - 20CW813-RD
                                    22 gauge - 22CW813-RD
Beads: You’ll need a few beads in coordinating colors, along with some spacer beads.
1 - Limited Czech Mix 125 Gram Box, CZ5130-any
1 strand - Czech Rondelle 4mm, 4RL-any
1 strand - Czech Seed Bead 6/0, 6SB-any

Tools Needed:
The following tools are required for this class. If you already have any of these items, please bring them to class. A limited amount of tools will be available for student use.
  • 0000 steel wool 
  • wire cutters – such as FI496-7 
  • chain nose pliers – such as FI432
  • bent chain nose pliers – such as FI433
  • round nose pliers – such as FI431
  • flat diamond needle file – such as FI501
  • bead mat or an old kitchen towel to work on
  • ruler
To complete projects at home, you’ll want the following:

For earrings:
·         ear wires - FI44-any OR FI46-any OR FI52-any OR FI54-any

For bracelets and necklaces:
·         clasp - try a lobster clasp (05x10mm or larger) OR toggle clasp (15mm or larger)
·         solid rings, similar to PW2099-any – for linking with bead links and adding dangles to


Dana said...

Glad to see you are going to be teaching again.

Peggy said...

Beautiful work Chris! Your students will be lucky to take a class with you.

Christine Hansen said...

Thanks Dana & Peggy! Smooches to you both! xoxo, c