Wire Wrapping Techniques - Virtual Workshop

Course Description

About this course

Learn how to entrap stones and other small objects using fundamental wire wrapping techniques, pliers, and your hand skills in this live online workshop. Students will begin by implementing numerous types of wires and pliers in order to bend, tie, and manipulate a wire form with a securely set stone at the center. Varying methods of securing stones will be covered, include weaving, coiling, and framing patterns. Heat, glue, and hammers will not be needed in this workshop, as the techniques taught in this course utilize only pliers. Spend a day enhancing your understanding of wire and its potential to accentuate your work through layered texture. No previous experience required, but patience and strong hand dexterity strongly encouraged! 

Class will be held live via Zoom during the designated time frame. A link to the Zoom room will be sent upon registration. 

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 

Students will need to have the following materials in preparation for this online workshop. If you do not already have them, we have provided a recommended item and/or a vendor from which you can purchase these items. Click the vendor name to the right of each item to be redirected to the a page where you can find or choose the item. The quantities you need for each item are listed first. Do be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. Please order these materials as soon as possible due to longer than usual turn-around times. We recommend not opening the packaging until the day of the workshop. 

  • 1 x 4-oz spool 18 gauge round copper wire (Rio Grande - item # 132452)
  • 1 x 4-oz spool 26 gauge round copper wire (Rio Grande - item # 132456)
  • 1 x 1-lb spool 19 gauge square copper wire (Rio Grande - item # 132419)
  • 1 x economy pliers set (Rio Grande - item # 111909)
  • small stones or object (0.5 inch to 1.5 inches recommended)
Students should bring 
  • optivisors or glasses if needed
  • needle nose, round nose, flat nose pliers and snips (if you do not have these, you can purchase the set listed above)
  • any extra wire you wish to use (similar dimensions as listed above)

Tuition

$225.00

Instructor

Steven Manchini

Dates

June 10 -12, 2020

Time

12:00 PM -2:00 PM

Length

3 days

Level 
All Levels
Location 
virtual
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