Make a pair of lightweight kinetic earrings (Annie calls them Forged Rib Earrings because they remind her of fish ribs) with only one material -- over a yard of silver wire! They’re fun to make and even more fun to wear, and while the steps and techniques you’ll learn are simple, it requires patience and perseverance to finish each component properly.
Students will Learn:
Learn the benefit and importance of assembly-line production techniques when making multiple-component jewelry, including properly finishing all components to a certain point before moving on to the next step. Learn how to forge and form wire, proper plier techniques, how to make a variety of ear wires, finishing techniques (including filing and sanding by hand), and patina application.
Project will be completed in class
Minimum Age Requirement:
At least 16 years old.
Supplies to Bring:
6-in. ruler, bench block, bench pin, fine-tip marker, flush-cut wire cutters, metal files, safety glasses, 400-grit sandpaper for metal, planishing hammer or other hammer with a slightly domed face, ear protection. Optional: Task lamp.
Chainnose without grooves, flatnose without grooves, roundnose.
Materials in Kit:
Sterling silver wire, scrap wire, use of tools and additional materials during class, full-color instructions and link to how-to video.
One seat per person per class.