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Hot Twist on the Wrist: Twisted Cuff, Bangle, and Hook Bracelets

In this fun, active, compact 1-day workshop, students will learn the art of “hot twisting” various gauges of sterling silver wire using just a handful of tools - a torch, a vice, and a pair of pliers - to fabricate jewelry for the wrist with an intricate eye-catching twisted affect! Using the extra material leftover after fabricating their bracelets, students will have the opportunity to additionally make a ring (or more!) if they so choose, after learning a ring fabrication method for speed and efficiency. This course will focus on a few popular gauges of wire used for bracelets, but this technique can even be used with thicker gauges of wire!

Students will also learn some basic forming, soldering, and clean-up techniques to complete all projects covered in this course. Finally, students will learn how to add contrasting final finishes by using abrasives or patina to further highlight their artfully twisted creations!

Students will leave the course with new or refined skills and some ready-to-wear bling!

Meet the instructor

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"Growing up, I always was mesmerized by sparkling gemstones and metals and I often incorporate something illuminating into my designs. Whether or not I intricately plan a jewelry piece in advance of producing it or just spontaneously fabricate one as I go along, the result is inevitably something that is unique with a contemporary flair that complements, rather than overwhelms, a wearer. When designing jewelry or other metal work, I always think about whether I would wear it, use it, and/or display it. Anyone who knows me sees a reflection of me in what I design.

I produce fine contemporary jewelry and other metal designs primarily in the precious metals of gold, silver, palladium, and platinum. These are often further defined with the addition of texturing, gemstones and other unique lapidary, or resin inlay. I also manufacture photo-etched metal jewelry and etched cover plates that are attached to journals or are framed--wedding invitations, bar and bat mitzvah invitations, baby announcements, and the like. 

In addition to participating in art shows, sales, and doing commission work, I love providing instruction in jewelry design and metal fabrication.  My work can be seen and purchased at galleries and stores, as well as in my own online store.  Designing and fabricating engagement and wedding bands and other jewelry, often with people's stones, is particularly meaningful to me."

-Wendy Jo

Materials & Tools

There is an $45 materials fee for this workshop payable upon registration. The materials kit cost covers several feet of sterling silver square wire in 10g, 12g, and 14g, and the use of various other studio materials and consumables needed to complete project objectives.

Students should bring
  • notebook or sketchpad

  • Sharpie marker

  • glasses - if needed to see close up

  • pen or pencil

  • cuffs or bangles that fit you - to measure proper size - OPTIONAL

  • closed-toe shoes - required in the Metalwerx studio

  • lunch - Metalwerx has a fridge, toaster oven, and microwave


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