Welcome to my student page!
I'm looking forward to seeing you at an upcoming workshop.
To Prepare for Your Workshop
1. Check the class prerequisites. Make sure you have the necessary skills to do the project (or are able to learn the skills before the time of the workshop). Use the handouts in the Resources box (in the left column), or my books Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry and/or Wire & Fire to help you brush up on your skills.
Go over the list of required tools. Purchase the tools that you do not have. (Read my Note About Tools below.)
2. Contact me with any questions.
3. On the day of your class:
Make sure to pack your tools, bag lunch, sweater, and anything else you will need for the day.
Arrive 15 minutes early (if at all possible). You will need this time to settle in, get your tools organized, select your stone or bead, meet your table mates, etc. (The class will start right on time.)
Any materials (stones, beads, cabochons) provided for selection as part of your class kit will be made available about 10 minutes before the start of class.
Important: Please do not wear perfume, cologne, fragrant oils, etc. to class. Your instructor (me) is very allergic to these substances and some students might be sensitive too. Thank you!
A Note About Tools
Even though in wire weaving we work mostly with our hands, the quality of the few tools that we do use (especially pliers and cutters) is very important. From my observation, the difference between a positive or not-so-positive learning experience often comes down to the tools the student is using.
Your pliers should have smooth, (not serrated) jaws and small heads.
Your wire cutters should be very sharp and also have a small head.
Stay away from hardware store pliers and cutters!
You do not have to buy the most expensive tools. There are a lot of good quality tools that are very reasonably priced. Keep in mind, though, that the better tools are made of higher quality steel and will last a lot longer. They are also usually designed better in terms of ergonomics, which makes them more comfortable to use.
Bottom line: Buy the best tools that you can afford. The most important tools to invest in for wire weaving are a good pair of chain nose pliers and a couple pairs of good wire cutters.
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