Twisted Wire Bracelets

Course Description

About this course

Braided and twisted wires have been a traditional ornamentation element in the world of jewelry and blacksmithing for centuries. Though the process is deceptively simple at first glance (just get some wires/rod and twist them!) there are so many different variations and factors that can dramatically alter this form.

In this workshop students will complete a series of samples utilizing different methods and styles of twisting wire, leading to the creation of finished and wearable bangles, cuffs, and bracelets of their own design. Expect to walk away with at least one finished piece, and samples for future reference.

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 $40 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit for this workshop includes various gauges of copper, brass, and sterling silver wire, as well as several tools needed to complete projects. 

Students should bring 
  • A notebook
  • Pen/pencil/permanent marker



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


December 14, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Basic and above
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