Achieve success wire weaving bracelets in a variety of styles with step-by-step guidance from artist Sarah Thompson! Learn versatile techniques that will become the foundation for any wire-weaving project, beginning with the figure-eight and modified Soumak weaves. Sarah shares the secret to achieving tight, consistent weaves, and shows you how to incorporate thicker-gauge wire and texturizing techniques into your work for enhanced dimension. Explore layering and "sewing" methods to create elegant woven bands and decorative adornments, and learn how to securely attach an elegant bead or crystal to your design. Then, bring your bracelets together with a handmade articulated clasp or hook-and-eye closure. Along the way, Sarah will share foolproof tips for sizing; troubleshooting kinked, knotted and broken wire; and even completing your pieces with a sophisticated antique finish.
Meet jewelry artist Sarah Thompson and preview the gorgeous woven bracelets you'll create in class, then begin with the basics. Find out what type of wire works best for base and weaving wires. Practice the simple figure-eight weave, plus, get tips for preventing kinks in your wire.
Advance your skills by learning the attractive -- and versatile -- modified Soumak weave. Sarah gives step-by-step instruction on how to achieve a tight, consistent weave as you create a beautiful contrasting metal bangle! See how to fix broken weaving wire, and learn how to shape the ends of your bracelet for a designed finish.
Make your own articulated, or free-moving, clasp to seamlessly integrate into your bracelet designs. Breaking down the process into easily manageable steps, Sarah shows you how to shape heavy gauge wire with pliers. Then, discover the correct technique for hammering and filing an eye and hook. In addition, Sarah shares tips for getting the perfect fit.
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