Summer Vacation Workshop for Teens & Tweens
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We have designed our workshops to meet the needs of students of all levels. We will spend four half-day sessions learning a variety of techniques and creating several projects throughout the week. The groups will be split into “Fundamentals” and “Advanced”. Each participant will have the opportunity to work at their own pace. Projects will vary fr0m session to session so the workshops offer a new experience each time. Some of the projects covered will be as follows:
Fundamentals and Fun
Learn to make bracelets, earrings, pins and pendants. We will also work on more advanced techniques to create some trendy repurposed jewelry using resin.
- color, design, layout, tools and materials
- attaching a clasp to create a bracelet
- using wire to make earrings
- weaving and more, as time permits
In our advanced class, we will provide a quick review of the basics. Techniques covered will be as follows:
- color, design, layout, tools and materials
- wire working
- loops, wrapping and linking
- wire wrapped rings
- twisted branch or coiling technique
- working with paper, punches, resin and found objects (bottle caps, Scrabble Tiles and paper)Ages: 10+
Duration: Four – 3 Hour Sessions (you can also register for individual day sessions for $55 /session)
Fee: $180, includes materials
* This is an interactive session. Students work at their own level and we are happy to explore individual interests.
- Materials Fee:
Class Registration Policy
Abeille reserves the right to cancel any class with insufficient enrollment. We will refund your registration fee if you are unable to attend a proposed make up date.
Store credit will be given for cancelations made at least 48 hours in advance of the start of a class, unless otherwise noted. All other cancelations or no-shows are nonrefundable.
This class is aimed for Teens and Tweens. Times can be changed upon request.
Summer is here, and it’s a great time to enjoy bright cheery colors, walks on the beach and collecting shells and sea glass. Abeille just received more drilled and un-drilled sea glass, so we thought it would be fun to share a simple way to work with un-drilled stones.
Tools: round nose pliers, wire cutters, flat nose pliers
Materials: sea glass, wire (22-26 gauges), beads (optional)
1. Cut about 1 foot of wire using wire cutters.
2. Using your round nose pliers, hold the wire about 1″ from the end. Create a “wire wrapped loop” by bending the wire around the plier with your hand to make a loop. Then hold the end of the short piecewith your flat nosed pliers. While holding the round nose pliers, use the flat nose pliers to wrap the short piece of wire around the longer piece of wire a couple of times. Trim the excess wire with cutters.
3. Now let’s get wrapping. Place the loop at the top of the sea glass. Hold it in place with one hand as you wrap tightly with the other. You can wrap as much as you like as long as it holds the glass from falling out (criss-crossing helps).
4. To finish, wrap your way to the top where you created the initial loop and wrap to blend in with the initial wrap at the bottom or overlap the existing wraps working up. Use your flat-nose pliers to push the sharp cut end into the piece.
Depending on the size of the glass, you can use it as a pendant or make two for earrings.
Enjoy, and happy summer!
The question of the month has been how to select wire and which gauge wire to use for each project. Here is some information to help you make your selections:
German Bead Wire: It’s inexpensive and easy to use. It great for beginners and those practicing new techniques.
Non Tarnish Craft Wire: Great for all levels and can be used for many types of projects. It’s inexpensive, durable and comes in lots of bold colors, in addition, to the standard, silver, gold, copper and bronze.
Precious Metal Wire: Sterling Silver or Gold Filled: Great for lasting and luxurious gifts. We recommend that you don’t mix metals so if you choose to use sterling ear wires, then wrap your pieces with Sterling wire to have a 100% sterling piece. When working with semiprecious stones, I always use precious metal wire.
Tip: To save a bit of money, purchase deadsoft wire and work-harden it as needed. Also, consider buying only what you need. You can typically purchase by the spool, the foot or inch.
Unlike beading wire which is measured by diameter, wire is measured in gauge. The higher the number, the thinner the wire. The same goes for sheets of metal. Below are some project guidelines:
18 – 20 gauge: findings
20 – 22 gauge: earwires, headpins, eyepins, linking
24+ gauge: wrapping and knitting. We knit using wire as small as 30 gauge.
For more information on using wire, check out one of our wire working classes. As always, you are welcome to stop in with any questions or join one of our meetup groups. Enjoy working with wire.