Dance a Little JIG with Brenda Schweder

Dance a Little JIG with Brenda Schweder

85 minutes

Brenda Schweder is back for another inspiring class, demonstrating her technique for creating wire jewelry.

Ms. Schweder is known for her wire wrangling techniques, turning yards of simple steel wire into fashionable and fabulous creations. Get tips and techniques for how you can get started or increase your skills with this inexpensive material.

Learn to set up a jig, and create a unique urban influenced cuff, plus Brenda demonstrates how to use her own jig available for purchase.

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Brenda Schweder is the author of Junk to Jewelry: A step-by-step guide to using found objects in jewelry you can actually wear andVintage Redux: Remake classic and collectible jewelry (Kalmbach Publishing Company).

A frequent contributor to BeadStyle magazine, Schweder co-authored the magazine’s Fashion Forecast column for its first four years. Schweder has been published in all of Kalmbach’s jewelry titles as well as a number of their pamphlets and books. Her third book, Steel Wire Jewelry (Lark Books), is scheduled for release in Spring, 2011. Also a nationally-recognized teacher and jewelry designer, she has the honor of being a Crystallized Swarovski Elements Ambassador. Schweder offers workshops using found and vintage objects in conjunction with iron wire, waxed fibers and Swarovski Crystallized Elements) at the Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee (June) each year.

Brenda can be reached at [email protected]

Covered In This Class: 
  • Getting started wrangling steel wire
  • Learn to master the art of forming rings, circles, and right angles with steel wire
  • Creating a “chain link”patterned cuff
  • How to create today’s urban Chatelaine
  • Construction and assembly of the“honeycomb” pattern linked chain.
  • PLUS ways to add your mixed media elements to personalize your piece.
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • steel wire
  • nails and wood for jig fabrication
  • a variety of pliers