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with Brenda Schweder
Online Class

Essential Wirework Techniques

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h38m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction, Coils & Jump Rings 101

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

2. Loops & Head Pins

Create a beautiful pendant necklace and learn essential wire techniques along the way! You'll learn to form perfect closed and wrapped loops to make beaded dangles, and try your hand at forging paddled head pins. You'll learn variations to make decorative wire-wrapped head pins as Brenda shares tips on how to make your finished components hang properly.

3. Make a Connection

3. Make a Connection

Discover techniques for creating a variety of wired cold connections with the help of Brenda's troubleshooting tips along the way. You'll create wire twist ties, gorgeous tentacles that snake along support wires, connections that are hidden by beads and other findings, and a beautiful sculptural bound connection.

Recommended with this class

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