SWAROVSKI EARRINGS

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

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Instructor: Merilou Jenkins
Merilou has been a practicing artist and teacher for over 40 years as well as a professional craftsman and jewelry designer who has been selected as an “Illustrious Artist” in addition to being the recipient of numerous awards at art shows and national competitions. Her work has been featured in professional catalogs, magazines and on the covers of national publications. She has a B.A. in Art, an M.A. in Art History as well as a Juris Doctorate. She has been a practicing attorney in the state of California as well as a lifetime state credentialed secondary art teacher. She is heavily involved in teaching others how to create beautiful jewelry as well as continually improving her own craft. Her current emphasis is on creating fused glass specializing in unique and elegant jewelry pieces, many of which are encased in 14K gold fill and/or sterling silver wire. The constant theme of her work has always been attention to detail, good craftsmanship and dramatic, yet elegant, one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Her work can be found at several higher end shows throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. She has been an exhibiting artist at the Laguna Beach Art-A-Fair for the past 17 years and has taught wire work aboard a Celebrity cruise ship to Alaska. Both novice and skilled wire workers will benefit from techniques learned in one of Merilou’s classes.

Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: July 27, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Fees: $135 » no refunds after June 1, 2019

Fee includes sterling silver wire, 22 4mm Swarovski crystal cubes (color of your choice), a jeweler’s polishing cloth, a fleece work surface and a copy of Merilou’s 12 page instruction book featuring complete instructions with color step by step photographs, all of which is yours to take home. You will also have the use of all tools to complete the project in class.

Although these earring look complicated, they can be done by those with little or no wire wrapping experience. Beginners and accomplished wire workers will both enjoy these earrings. The earrings are fairly light so they do not pull on your earlobes but they have a dazzling effect! With a little know-how, you can enlarge the pattern to make a similar bracelet. You can re-create these stunning earrings in different sizes by utilizing larger Swarovski cubes. They can also be created using all 14KGF or copper or any combination thereof.

Learn about wire temper, wire gauges and wire shapes as well as all about the necessary tools. You will learn how to measure enough wire, how to create a bundle of wire and how to bind the bundle of wire. Class is limited to 6 so register early!

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