Unisex Turquoise Bangle Bracelet

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Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou has been a practicing artist and teacher for over 40 years journeying through different materials, media, influences and forms. With each sojourn into a different media she has discovered new techniques that have made a mark on her work on the road to artistic creation. She utilizes different textures and materials which unite to create unique one of a kind pieces of jewelry. Merilou began her fascination with jewelry in college. She is a California credentialed art teacher with a B.A. as well as a doctorate degree and has been a practicing attorney in the State of California. She has been an exhibiting artist at the Art-A-Fair in Laguna Beach for the past sixteen years and is the recipient of numerous national and local awards for her intricate wire wrapping. She has been selected as an “Illustrious Artist” as well as winning numerous juried competitions. Her work has been featured in publications as well as on the cover of a national magazine. She has taught wire wrapping all over the western United States as well as on a Celebrity cruise ship in Alaska in 2013. She currently works with dichroic glass which is cut, layered, fused, cold worked and fired in stunning color combinations. Natural gems and stones, fossils and pearls are also intricately wire wrapped or sculpted in wire with 14K gold fill and/or sterling silver wire producing fine jewelry superbly crafted and filled with detail and drama. Merilou will also be offering jewelry making tools, instruction books, and kits as well as workshops.

Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: February 8, from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Fees: $135 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after December 15, 2018.) Fee includes four hours of instruction, 14KGF and sterling silver wire, 6mm turquoise beads, jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of her 12 page instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home. She will also provide all tools for you to use in class so it is not necessary for you to bring anything.

Once you have learned this technique you will be able to vary the design and create a multitude of different designs. You can vary the design by using different kinds of metals, by using more or fewer wires, by twisting additional wires or by adding different kinds of beads for a totally different look. You will want to make several! Learn about wire temper, gauges, and shapes as well as tools. You will learn how to measure enough wire, how to correct the length for different size bracelets, how to bind your bundle of wire, how to make a hook and catch, how to bend wire and how to make an attractive unisex bangle bracelet. Inasmuch as all tools are provided during the workshop, all you need to bring is a willingness to learn! For more information and to sign up for the workshop email Merilou at meriloupjenkins@yahoo.com or call 951.634.4302. Class size is limited to 8 so register early!

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