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Essential Wirework Techniques

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Discover your one-stop resource for wirework success! Learn accessible techniques to craft custom findings, links and wire-wrapped pendants.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials list with tools & supplies recommended by Brenda
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Brenda Schweder
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


In this class, award-winning jewelry designer Brenda Schweder guides you through every step of crafting wire jewelry. Once you're familiar with the wire types and tools used in class, learn Brenda's trick for coiling wire by hand and cutting perfectly smooth jump rings. You'll master loops and decorative head pins while creating a lovely pendant necklace and try your hand at a variety of cold connections, from the simple twist-tie to the clever hidden connection. Create sturdy ear wires and secure closures, and discover how to make an array of chain links. Then, learn how to create dimensional frames and wire wraps to capture cabochons and crystals. Finally, transform your jewelry with hammered textures and patinas, and seal your pieces for a finish that will last years.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction, Coils & Jump Rings 101
Meet wire artist Brenda Schweder as you discover the wide range of techniques you'll cover in this class. Hear Brenda's recommendations for tools and supplies, then learn her tips for forming coils and cutting perfect jump rings.
2. Loops & Head Pins
3. Make a Connection
4. Make Your Own Findings
5. Lovely Links
6. Frame It! Armature & Captures
7. Texture, Patinas & Finishes

Recommended with this class

  • Pliers: Nylon-jaw, flat-nose, chain-nose, round-nose and stepped or step-nose
  • Plastic and rawhide mallets
  • Chasing hammer

Taught by

Brenda Schweder
Brenda Schweder
Brenda Schweder is a jewelry artist and the inventor of the Now That's a Jig! wire bending system. She has written three books, including Steel Wire Jewelry, and her designs have been featured in numerous publications, including Step by Step Wire Jewelry, Bead Style and Crystal Chic. She authors Wirework Magazine's creativity column, and has appeared on the TV show Beads, Baubles and Jewels. Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine selected Brenda as an "Artist of the Year" for 2015.

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