I will keep us updated, but if you registered for classes in April, your registration has been moved to May. Please email with any questions.
Due to the nature of recent events, I wanted to write an update about my classes and how I will be handling them moving forward.
First, I've decided to reduce my class sizes from a maximum size of 12 seats to 6 seats.
This allows for an empty chair between each student.
It might not be known, so I will share that I have always cleaned and disinfected my classroom tools after each use and will continue this with even more detail. The cabochon stones and beads that I use in class were also washed prior to using them for classroom. It is my long time habit of washing my natural materials after I shop the bead and rock shows.
I prefer you stay home and take care of your health and/or your families. So if you have registered for a class and are not well to attend, or for family health reasons, decide you should not attend, I will be happy to reschedule you to a future class date without issue.
As of today, I have decided to not schedule classes between the dates of March 23, 2020 to April 24th, 2020, nor will I be taking private students during this time.
As most of us know, I also work for the Colorado Mineral and Fossil Show and had classes scheduled for April 10-12, 2020. THE NEW SHOW CLASS DATES are May 15-17, 2020.
Thank you for your continued support! I'll be working on a lot of new jewelry designs and digital tutorials in the meantime.
I will be back to write more later on this, but in consideration of the recent events...
I'd like to remind all my students and friends, that if you've been to the rock or bead shows and/or stores and have made purchases.... to wash your beloved beads and rocks before handling them too much once you get home.
Most gemstones in any form, can be safely washed in warm water and soap. Please check with your local supplier if you're not sure about washing your material.
Virtual hugs to all. Elbows and toe taps when I see us next in class!
Several of my students ask... "how do I get better?" and while we all know that it takes PRACTICE, patience and creative experimentation, there's something important I'd like to share with you...
There's no such thing as a 'bad' or 'dumb' question... no such thing in a Perfectly Twisted world anyway. Questions are a key to getting better. When I was a 'newbie' to wire wrapping and jewelry making, I purchased tutorials, I attended classes and I YouTubed until the cows went home.
But what helped me most was to learn that most good artists who are sharing and teaching their work don't mind if you ask! I love sharing my tips with you, I love helping you challenge yourself and I love to see you grow and be excited in yourself and your wire work.
Take a class!
I took classes from very good teachers. I practiced and I'm still grateful that I was made comfortable to ask questions and learn with a bright heart. My teachers, online and live, were generous and warm, welcoming and helpful. I appreciate them and love being the same for my students. <3
I love this pendant! I designed a reversible wire weaved pendant for an oblong or oval, drilled focal bead. This allows you to show both sides of your gorgeous stone or glass lampwork bead.
It's a great frame for those new to wire weaving. You can create endless designs with this wire frame. You can do slight modifications and make this design work for round focal beads too!
It's ready in my Etsy store as well as here in my website store.
Click here to make the purchase!
Enjoy!! And thank you for your continued support!
I'll be teaching this pendant wrap at the Colorado Mineral & Fossil Spring show, April 10-12, 2020! Hope to see you there too!
What I can tell you for sure, is that these aren't easy, so give yourself a break. ;)
Here is a quick picture tutorial of the channel setting I've just finished. I'm using four, 22g, round sterling silver base wires and about 3 feet of 28g, round sterling weaving wire. The gemstones are 4mm round facets... no holes....lots of patience.
Prepare all four 22g base wires by making them straight, then hold together slightly fanned.
Weaved 1 on 1 for approximately 1/4 inch.
Then bend the two inner frame wires, 90 degree upright.
Continue to weave but change the pattern to a figure 8 or infinity weave. Be careful to keep both frame wires separated and even while weaving. Weave a figure 8 for approximately 8mm... there will be approximately 2mm to either side of the gemstone... less if you can manage it.
Set the gemstone onto the bottom weave.
Carefully bend both inner frame wires back down and over the gemstone.
Continue to weave 1 on 1 for another 1/4 inch... repeat for as many gemstones as you are setting.
Many students have asked me where to buy certain tools, so here is a list of what we use in classroom and where to get it if you are ordering online. Check back as I might keep adding and/or updating as I use the tools.
Keep in mind that these are just suggestions. Many tools are available for wire wrapping, from many sources.
BeadSmith Chasing Hammer - Amazon (also can be found at RioGrande.com)
4.75oz Chasing Dome Head Hammer-10"
Beadaholique Solid Metal Bench Block Wire Hardening and Wire Wrapping Tool
Round nose pliers
Chain link pliers
Nylon jaw pliers
Another Flush Cutter
Hi everyone! We just had a great couple of days at the Red Rocks Country Club holiday show. Lots of smiles, great times and sales! I wanted to share some images here and let you know that I will have a few new items in the store as soon as I can catch up.
I'll be publishing my 2020 class schedule soon too, for January, February and March. I have some exciting new workshops to offer and hope to inspire your wire wrapping for the new year!
If you haven't seen my new free tutorials yet, check the link there on your right. See you again soon!
Start with 20, 18 or 16 gauge, round, dead soft wire.
Cut 3 inches
Use a dowel and bend the wire in half, creating a small, attractive curve, suitable for your pendant bale.
Hammer the curve to harden it and flare the wire for good looks ;)
Bend the U shaped wire in half again, bringing the ends down, opposite the curved face.
The bend should leave 1/2 inch or less to hang the pendant from.
Cut the ends neatly away.
Insert your pendant through a cut end, then hand the adapter onto your favorite strand of beads and enjoy them all together!