Wire Wrapping: From Line To Form

Course Description

About this course

In this class, students will spend three weeks learning how to manipulate various types of wire to securely entrap stones or small objects, create cascading textures, and build volume using numerous weaving, coiling, and framing patterns. These wire wrapping techniques are all cold-connection methods that will not required any heat, glue, or hammers. You will be utilizing only pliers and a hand full of other common studio items to create wearable pieces of jewelry such as rings, pendants, and bracelets. Students are also invited to bring in any large stones or objects of choice if they wish to work in a more sculptural capacity. 

To ensure the safe and full exchange of air within the studio space, Metalwerx is implementing a mandatory 1-hour lunch break after 3 full hours in the studio. The lunch break must take place outside of the Metalwerx building, to allow all air particulates to fully change over. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to make our programs safe and healthy for all our community members. 

Meet the Instructor

Steven Manchini

Stemming from southern NH, Steven taught himself how to make wire-wrapped jewelry in 2012, while attending undergraduate classes at his local college. The following year, he moved to Salem, MA to fulfill his BA in Biology and started making jewelry full-time as DNA Organic Designs. He graduated from SSU in 2017, and has been moving forward with learning more metalsmithing techniques. He looks forward to sharing his art with you, and to help you create unique, wire-wrapped jewelry.

With DNA Organic Designs, he has created several hundred one-of-a-kind pieces for clients all over the world. His specialties are working in silver and gold, creating pendants, rings, earrings, as well as bone centered desktop displays out of wire. More recently, he has began sheet metal fabrication, lost-wax casting, and engraving.

 

Materials & Tools 

There is a $40 materials fee for this course which is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes variable spools of copper half-round, round, and square wire in several gauges.

Students should bring 

It is recommended that you practice and learn wire wrapping techniques in economical copper wire, but if you would like to purchase silver wire, Metalwerx has a limited amount available for purchase onsite. You are also free to bring your own wire, to experiment with after learning with the copper wire provided in your kit. Additionally, please bring the following to class: 

  • your own stones or objects to wire wrapping
  • any of your own favorite tools
  • personal face mask (required at all times in the studio)

Tuition

$395.00

Materials Cost

$40.00

Instructor

Steven Manchini

Dates

November 5 -19, 2020

Weekly on Thursday

Time

9:30 AM -4:30 PM

Length

3 weeks

Level 
All Levels
Make-up dates 
December 3
Location 
Metalwerx
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