How to Wrap a Freeform Object

A Pasadena Bead And Design Show Workshop [select another show]

Workshop Photo
«Prev | Image 1 of 1 | Next»
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: January 20, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $135 » Fees must be paid in full at time of registration. (Non refundable after December 15, 2018.) Materials fee includes free form drusy, (as well as another stone for a “caging” lesson), sterling silver wire, 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 on two projects (the freeform object as a crystal type stone for “caging”), all of which is yours to take home.

You may have learned how to wrap a cabochon but now you can not only wrap a drusy, which is currently immensely popular, but you can learn how to wrap any free form object. A separate lesson on the last page of her instruction book also shows how to “cage” an object which is useful if you have crystals or other completely rounded objects. Learn about wire temper, gauges, and wire shapes as well as tools. You will learn how to measure enough wire, how to bind your bundle of wire and how to make a bail.

All tools and materials will be provided during the workshop so all you need to bring is a willingness to learn! Class size is limited to 8 so register early!

« Back to Workshop List