This course will expand on the use of wirework techniques taught in the one-day course by combining them with threads and exploring the use of buttons. We will also learn techniques for knitting with wire and the use of more specialist wire tools such as jigs and coiling tools. You will also be taught how to make your own clasps (fasteners) for finishing each piece of jewellery. In addition, you will learn how to wrap beads and stones with wire to make them very decorative. All the specialist tools for this indulgent and fun course will be supplied by the tutor.
- Designing and making unique bespoke jewellery
- Making simple and closed loops in wire
- Techniques to develop several different coil designs
- Constructing fasteners and techniques for wrapping beads and stones
- Techniques for knitting with wire
- Finishing threads and simple knotting
- Incorporate wirework techniques with the use of buttons
- Develop an understanding of professional expert tools and equipment
Materials are not included in your course fee.
· All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £20.00, payable to the tutor during the course.
We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book with you if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.
Please bring with you:
You don’t need to bring anything but feel free to bring your own tools or beads (even pieces of broken bead jewellery if you would like to) if you’d like to experiment
We advise that you do not buy any materials required for a course more than two weeks in advance, because occasionally a course is cancelled due to low enrolment.
Sara Withers has been designing and making jewellery for many years. She concentrates on the use of beads, resin and polymer clay and has exhibited widely. Her work is sold in a selection of shops and galleries throughout Britain.
She is the author of many books on bead jewellery projects. Her most recent is ‘The Encyclopaedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques’, and there is another in the pipeline. Sara is an experienced teacher of bead and jewellery-making.
Sara’s has studied the Arkell bead collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, and in 2007 she was one of the speakers at the International Bead and Beadwork Conference in Istanbul.