Wire wrapping is one of the oldest jewellery making techniques. Jewellery made using this method has been found in the pyramids and has also been seen in Roman and Celtic jewellery. The jewellery uses wire twisted interlocked and woven, there is no soldering or gluing. The art of wire wrapping requires a minimum amount of tools and can be a wonderful and inexpensive way to start your jewellery making journey.
Rachel Murgatroyd is an expert in this field of wire jewellery making, and has been making wire jewellery for over 20 years. She has had tutorials published in many jewellery making magazines and has been teaching wire jewellery for over a decade.
The course is limited to six places to ensure that there is a good student to teacher ratio, however this does mean that places are limited and as such students are advised to book early to ensure a place on the course.
Day 1. The course will be adapted to each and every group of students to ensure that the best level of skill is achieved.
The first day commences with simple movements of the pliers and wire to create basic bead dangles, however we will move on swiftly to rings of varying complexity followed by earrings and a gemstone pendant.
Day 2. Again, the day will be tailored to the needs of the class. You will create a structured bangle with square wire and a pendant that will encase a semi-precious gemstone. The stone wrap is the building block of nearly all wire wrapped pendants.
Tools, use and handling
Wire - the different tempers and their uses, sizes shapes and how they are used in creating jewellery How to manipulate wire using tools and how to produce a softer, more organic form with the fingers
How to use square wire and keep it straight and flat
Using pre made settings to add faceted gemstones to your work
Using a coiling gizmo
Using forms to help with shaping
Finishing a piece to a high standard
Cleaning and maintaining the jewellery
Oxidizing and how it can be used to compliment your work
Most other aspects of Wire Wrapping will be covered also
Rachel is very generous with her experience and knowledge and is delighted to share any information you require, whether it is to find out about suppliers or help with selling your finished pieces
You will create a minimum of:
Several copper rings
A silver ring
Copper and silver earrings
A silver Bangle
2 x pendants - one with a faceted gemstone and one stone wrap
Each class will be slightly different to take in changing designs and fashions as well as the ability of the classes.
Rachel will provide all the materials you will need on this course for £80