Classes

Do you have a passion for hand-crafted jewelry?  Have you ever seen an amazing pair of earrings, necklace, bracelet, or ring and thought, I wish I could make that?  Well you can!  I’m here to tell you that if you’re willing to learn and practice, you can make your own jewelry. All classes take place in a wonderful jewelry studio in Tigard – Artisans of Metal and Thread – owned by my friend and colleague Barbara Kennedy.

If you would like to sign up for any of these classes please simply fill out the form on the Contact Me page or call the studio/shop.  I’m willing to work with your schedule.

Class Calendar – Call Michele at 503-330-8203 to Register.


Intro to Wire Wrapping$60 (Wire, Tool Use, and Stone included)

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Learn traditional wrapping without the investment.  We provide everything in this class so you can decide if wire wrapping is for you.  Here’s a photo of student work:

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Beginning Wire Working: $25 All Materials Included

Love the look of wire but not sure how to begin?  This class will take you through all the basics you need to know about working with wire.  Learn about the types of wire available, what “gauge” means, tools, and some basic techniques such as making jump rings, ear wires, simple loops and wrapped loops.  Once you master these few basics, you’ll be able to make nearly any piece of jewelry.  Don’t worry about purchasing materials because we’ll supply them for you and then you can go to the store confident after class knowing what to buy for future projects.


Tree of Life – $75 (Copper and beads are included. Silver available at market price.)

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This class is perfect for beginners who have never worked with wire as well as advanced students who want to do something fun and different.  Learn the basics of working with wire while you create this sculpted piece.


Beginning Wire Weaving – Wire Woven Spirals Bracelet: $50 All Materials Included

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Learn the basics of wire wrapping and micro wire weaving during this introductory 3 hour class. You will walk away with a finished wrapped bracelet.


Simple and Elegant Wire Woven Earrings: $50

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Learn another new weave and explore working with very fine gauge 30ga wire. This class will take you through two different classic and simple earring designs. $45 plus $5 Materials Fee covers all of the metal.  Student supplies the beads.


Woven and Twisted Heart – NEW! $75 (Copper included. Silver available at market price.)

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Here’s a class for someone acquainted with wire and looking to move to the next level.  This original design features two different weaves plus coiling and spirals.  Add an optional bead dangle (not included)  for extra flair.


Advanced Wire Weaving:  Bezel Wrapped Stone Pendant:  (Pre-Requisite Beginning Wire Weaving Class or equivalent experience working with wire): $75, supplies not included.
bezelexamplesLearn how to make a custom pendant using wire wrapping and wire weaving techniques. This class will take you through measuring and constructing a wire bezel as well as creating a bale and wire sculpting. Multiple weaves will be covered and you will be creating your own design as you go.  Students may not finish their pieces, but will have everything they need to complete their project.


Your Choice Wire Weaving: Drop-In Clinic:  $10 per hour – 3 hour minimum.

Stop by and get the one on one attention needed to complete any wire weaving project. This is great for students who have completed a class and want to work on additional pieces or for students who find designs they want to do but don’t know how to begin.  It’s your choice!