Twisted Wire Jewelry

Course Description

About this course

Twisted wire elements have the potential to bring a lot of intrigue to a piece of jewelry. Though the practice is deceptively simple at first glance (just twisting some wire), the countless variations which when applied can fundamentally alter how the final product looks, can take some skill and exploration to perfect. In this virtual workshop, we will go over several different methods and styles of wire twisting, as well as some examples for application in varying jewelry format. Students can choose to purchase the materials kit and follow along or absorb the information in this demo-focused course.

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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 

The following supplies will be used for course demonstrations and objectives. A suggested item and/or vendor has been provided below for reference. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find the item. The quantities needed for each item are listed first. If ordering, please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. We recommend not opening an item's packaging until the day of the workshop. Student participation during or in-between class sessions is strongly encouraged but not required - observers are welcome.

Metal/raw materials:

Hand tools:​

Torch setup: 

Tuition

$150.00

Instructor

William Vanaria

Dates

February 5 -6, 2022

Time

10:00 AM -12:00 PM

Length

2 days

Level 
Basic and above
Location 
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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