Blacksmithing Techniques for Jewelry: Twisted Wires

Course Description

About this course

Twisted wire elements bring texture and intricate detail to a piece. Though the practice is deceptively simple at first glance (just get some square stock and twist it) there are countless variations which, when applied, can fundamentally alter how the final product looks. In this workshop students will complete a series of samples utilizing different methods and styles of twisting wire; different colors of material twisted together, texturing the wires before twisting, etc. Once complete, students will be given enough material to create and explore twisted wire variations of their own design. Students may choose to use this time to create samples for future reference, material for future work, or create rings comprised of twisted wires, utilizing this new technique. Jewelry 1 or equivalent experience is required.

Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.
William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."


Materials & Tools 

There is a $35 materials fee for this course, which is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes 10 gauge sterling silver square wire, 12 gauge sterling silver wire, copper wire, and various materials for completing these processes.

Students should bring 
  • Sketchbook
  • Pen/pencil
  • Your favorite metal files if you have them already. Metalwerx has plenty of tools for sharing so bringing your own is optional.



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


July 9, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Basic and above
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