Learn the Art of Calderesque Wire Jewelry

Learn the Art of Calderesque Wire Jewelry with Brenda Schweder

86 minutes

Brenda Schweder is back again, this time to show you how to make your own sensational one-of-a-kind wearable art piece in the spirit of Alexander Calder. Learn to work with this inexpensive steel wire and start creating your own spectacular pieces.

Known for his direct simplicity and humble use of tools and materials, Calder’s interest was in one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces as well as non-wearable art sculptures.

This video offers a detailed review of the pieces Schweder highlights in her book PLUS, step-by-step instructions of two brand new bonus works inspired by Calder!

Don't miss the how-to behind working easily with this inexpensive material and start creating your own one-of-a-kind creations.

Brenda shares all her tips and tricks so you can get going with your own design.



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 b@BrendaSchweder.com

Covered In This Class: 
  • Introduction of Calder, the man, and the latest print compilation of his work, Calder Jewelry, Calder’s tools, materials, and motif choices
  • A detailed how-to of Schweder’s Calderesque pieces as seen in Steel Wire Jewelry
  • Learn to capture your own treasures and create a one of a kind piece.
  • Steel Wire tools, tips, tricks, and sources
  • Brenda's quick solution to making your own original belt.
  • Step-by-step walk-through of the creation of two BRAND NEW Calderesque pieces inspired by Calder Jewelry and the artist’s process
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • 16 gauge steel wire
  • 16 gauge brass wire
  • Ruler
  • Heavy duty cutters
  • Chain nose or flat nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Bench block or mini anvil
  • Utility or ball peen hammer
  • Center punch
  • Flex shaft with 1/16” hard metal or titanium drill bit
  • Wire brush or steel wool (Fine, 00)
  • Renaissance wax and rag

Included is a class handout filled with notes and all the resource information you need to get started.