Workshops

 

Mixed elements Bracelet

Intermediate 6 Hour Class

Learn various cold and hot skills to create several different elements that can be linked into bracelets, necklaces and earrings.  In class students will make enough links to put together a bracelet. 

Students will learn wire fusing, wire looping, basic wire weaving and simple chain maille.

Wire-Weaving 2

Intermediate 2-5 Day Workshop

Can be scheduled to be 2, 3, 4 or 5-days long. Students signing up for this workshop must have at least some wire weaving experience. Students will continue learning weaving techniques while working on more complex designs. Depending on the length of the workshop and individual progress, students will make one to five projects. In the longer, 4 or 5-day classes, students can expect to take their skill level to advanced level.

Big Ring

Intermediate 6 Hour Class

Turn your wire weaving skills up a notch as you design and create this large, fashionable ring.  Students will make the ring’s band and the seat for the stone based on the construction method introduced in class.  After that each student will work on their own unique design to complete the ring. 

Class focus will be on learning ring construction for a large stone as well as developing individual design.

Twist Bracelet

Intermediate 6 Hour Class

In this class students will work with 3 colors of metal and several wire shapes to create this classic-look twist bracelet.  Student will learn the circular weave and other wire techniques to complete the project.  Techniques learned in this workshop can be used to create bracelets and necklaces of different widths and patterns.

Students will focus on learning the circular weave.  Students will also learn techniques for easy wire coiling and twisting. 

Noveau Scrolls Necklace

Intermediate 6 Hour Class

Merge together two very popular techniques to create this beautiful pendant.  Students will first learn the Color Pencil on Copper technique to create the centerpiece and then frame the piece using easy to master wire skills.

Students in this class will focus on learning skills for applying Prismacolor pencil to a cooper plate and basic to intermediate wire weaving techniques.  Demonstrations will cover copper plate preparation, design, and wire techniques.   

 

This is a partner class with Mary Karg 

Moon Artifact Necklace

Intermediate 6 Hour Class

Explore both traditional weaving and basic metal-smiting skills with this lovely mixed metal piece. Through creating this design, students will learn multiple techniques, including basic soldering and various wire skills that they will take with them onto their next jewelry adventure.

This is a partner class that I teach with Katherine Colque.

Aphrodite's Heart Pendant

Intermediate 6-7 Hour Class

Learn to merge a variety of jewelry making techniques while crafting this magical pendant.  Students will employ soldering skills to fashion the focal piece for the middle of the pendant, and then use wires to shape, forge and weave a beautiful frame around it.  Students will work with templates to help with symmetry.

I do this workshop in partnership with Kat Firor-Colque.  This workshop might not be available for some locations.

Freeform Bead Ring

Intermediate 4 Hour Class

Create this awesome ring using just a few wire wrapping and weaving techniques.  Students will follow precise instructions to complete this ring, but will also be given pointers on how to customize the design to make it their own. The class will focus on improving weaving skills and learning to combine different techniques.  

Cuff Bracelet

Intermediate 6-7 Hour Class

Take your weaving skills up a notch as you work to create this unique cuff.  Students will learn how to merge different weaving techniques to create exciting new patterns. The class will focus on improving weaving skills and learning more advanced techniques including weaving with beads.

Eye Pendant

Intermediate 6-7 Hour Class

Create this beautiful and unique pendant using several wire-weaving techniques.  Students can work with the eye-shaped bead or choose a simpler oval-shaped bead.  Special attention will be given to improvement of the weaving proficiency, including consistency and flow.

Cabochon Pendant

Intermediate 6-7 Hour Class

Learn several intermediate to advanced weaving techniques as you complete this unique pendant. Students will follow precise instructions to create a woven bezel for the cabochon 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. Discussion and demonstrations will include design process, various weaving techniques and several construction methods.

Gypsy Earrings

Intermediate 6 Hour Class

Use several intermediate to advanced wire techniques to create these showy earrings.  With an aid of a template students will learn to bend wire to precisely follow a predetermined shape.  Students will also use wire-weaving, wire-wrapping and  simple forging techniques to complete the earrings

Chandelier Earrings

Intermediate 3-4 Hour Class

Learn several wire techniques as you create these beautiful earrings.  The class will introduce the basic over-over weave and wire shaping methods.  Students will also learn how to bead the ends of wires with a torch.   Most students will complete at least one earring.

Filigree Ring Short

Intermediate 6 Hour Class

This class teaches solderless filigree wire technique.  The class will focus on three skills important in wire-woven filigree work: basic weaving skills, using template drawings to create precise wire shapes, and drawing beads on the wire-ends using a torch.

Filigree Ring Long

Intermediate 6 Hour Class

Similar to Filigree Ring Short, but with a differnt pattern, this class teaches solderless filigree wire technique.  The class will focus on three skills important in wire-woven filigree work: basic weaving skills, using template drawings to create precise wire shapes, and drawing beads on the wire-ends using a torch.

Drop Earrings

Intermediate 6 Hour Class

These earrings capture the magic of freeform wire.   Students will learn the basket weave techniques needed to complete the project, large gauge wire shaping techniques and how to use a torch to draw beads at the ends of wires.

Freeform Lampwork Woven Pendant

Intermediate 6-7 Hour Class

Students in this class will be introduced to both over-under and over-over weave.  Focus will be on the design and placing the bead correctly for proper balance. 

Tree of Life Pendant

Intermediate 6-7 Hour Class

Explore several traditional wire techniques as you are working on crafting this unique pendant. Students will learn how to fashion a one-of-a-kind tree out of thin silver wires and how to set a stone within its roots.  Then students will make a wire-woven frame to create a shadow-box setting for their beautiful trees. 

Tree of Life Pendant Window Frame

Intermediate 6-7 Hour Class

Explore several traditional wire techniques as you are working on crafting this unique pendant. Students will learn how to fashion a one-of-a-kind tree out of hair-thin wires and how to set a stone within its roots.  Then students will make a wire-woven frame to create a shadow-box setting for their beautiful trees. 

Woven with Flair Necklace

Intermediate 6-7 Hour Class

Students in this class will be working with the over-over weave.  The class will focus on improving weaving skills and will introduce frame wire shaping techniques and working with a template.  Demonstrations and discussions will cover customizing the pattern to create other unique designs.

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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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Kaska Firor | Cincinnati, Ohio | kaska@designsbykaska.com