Workshop Calendar

San Antonio, TX | The Makery

March 15-16, 2019

In this 3-day workshop students will create three progressively more difficult projects designed to teach the fundamentals of wire-weaving and related techniques.

 

First, we will make the Wire Woven Ribbon Bracelet.  The over-over weave and its variations learned while creating this bracelet, are the basis for many other wire-weaving designs, including those with very complex, layered patterns.  In addition to the weaving techniques, students will also learn how to loop and shape frame wires as well as how to use a torch to ball up the ends of the wires.

 

Next, students will work on the Woven with Flair Necklace.  Building on the skills learned in the previous project, we will add additional techniques, including using templates to shape large-gauge wires, bending and manipulating woven ribbons and learning how to add and drop frame wires. 

 

In the third project, the Cabochon Pendant, students will combine all the techniques from the bracelet and the necklace designs and also add several new ones.  Students will be introduced to the over-under wave, as well as some more advanced skills needed for setting a cabochon into a wire-woven bezel.  For this last project, students will follow precise instructions to create the bezel and the pendant’s bail then use the skills learned in class and their own creativity to finish the pendant in their own unique way.

Registration is now open!

Cincinnati, OH | W.W. Carpenter Foundation

April 25-26, 2019

Wire Weaving in Jewelry Design I

This beginner’s workshop introduces the art of wire-weaving. While creating three progressively more difficult projects students will learn the fundamentals of weaving techniques. Instructor will provide step-by-step instructions for each project and will also encourage students to customized their designs according to their own artistic vision. The course will also include an overview of tools and supplies, as well as types of wires, their properties, and uses.

Cincinnati, OH | W.W. Carpenter Foundation

April 27-28, 2019

Wire Weaving in Jewelry Design II

This 2-day workshop is designed for students that have taken the beginner class or have equivalent experience. On the first day students will complete one required project. On the second day each student will work at their own pace on a design of her/his choice. Instructor will recommend projects based on her observation of each student’s progress. Kits for several different projects will be available for sale, or students can bring their own materials and work on a design of their own. Discussions and demonstrations will include design process, several construction methods, and weave-pattern variations.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Bead & Button Show

June 4-9, 2019

Note: Registration for this event will start on January 8th 2019

June 4th 9am-6pm - Twist Bracelet
June 4th 6pm-9pm - Intro to Wire Weaving (over-under weave)
June 5th 8am-12pm - Beaded Bracelet
June 5th 1pm-4pm - Intro to Weaving (over-over weave)
June 6th 8am-4pm - Three-Stone Pendant
June 7th 8am-12pm - Red Bud Pendant (Class led by Kat Colque)
June 7th 1pm-5pm - Leaf and Bud Ring (Class led by Kat Colque)
June 8th 8am-4pm - Triangle of Techniques Pendant (Co-teaching 
with Mary Karg)
June 9th 8am-12noon - Looped Pendant

Hueston Woods Lodge Retreat | Southwest Ohio

July 15-16, 2019

Medley of Metal Techniques 

Nationally recognized artists, Kaska Firor, Kat Firor-Colque, and Mary Karg are holding their first annual retreat at the beautiful Hueston Woods Lodge in college Corner, Ohio. Techniques in wire weaving, color pencil on copper, cold connections, piercing, sawing and simple soldering will be demonstrated during this fun 2-day immersion. Make our projects or have us help you engineer your ideas. Hiking,swimming, boating,horseback riding are all available on site.

Registration is now open!

Williamsburg, MA | Snow Farm

August 1- 4, 2019

Join me at Snow Farm, The New England Craft Program

Bead Fest Summer - Philadelphia, PA

August 14-18, 2018

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

100 Station Ave, Oaks, PA 19456

summer.beadfest.com

Toronto, Ontario | BeadFX

October 4-6, 2019

More information will be available in early spring 2019.

Young Harris, Georgia | William Holland School of Lapidary Arts

October 20-25

Join me at the William Holland School for a 5-day retreat style workshop in a beautiful residential arts center.  This is a beginner to intermediate level wire-weaving class.  

 

Young Harris, Georgia | William Holland School of Lapidary Arts

October 27-November 1

Wire III- Merging of Techniques: Wire weaving and Hot Metal Skills (co-teacher: Kat Firor Colque)

In this class, we will concentrate on intermediate to advanced wire weaving techniques as well as basic soldering and other metal skills.  Some topics that might be covered are: design, multiple stone designs, creating new weaving patterns and combining wire weaving and hot metal techniques.   Depending on individual progress, you can expect to complete three to six projects.

Vienna, Virginia | Northern Virginia Bead Society

November 7-9

More information will be available in early spring 2019.

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Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry
by Kaska Firor

Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry introduces the reader to basic through advanced wire weaving techniques.  Through a series of 20 beautiful jewelry projects--sequenced from easy to advanced--both beginners and experienced jewelry makers can gain a deep understanding of the techniques and design process.

Free 6-Page Tutorial 

Braided Wire Bracelet

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