Jingle, Jangle, Bangles!

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

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Instructor: Despina “Espie” Buoncristiani
Despina Buoncristiani, aka “Espie” has been intrigued with jewelry making since she was a teenager, taking apart old necklaces and creating new pieces with the vintage beads that were harvested. As an adult, with her graphic design background, it seemed a natural progression for her to revisit her creative past, now utilizing her design skills to create unique jewelry pieces. Despina’s early creations were mostly beaded projects, which she sold during trunk shows at Nordstrom. For the past few years Despina has been working with Metal Clay. She received her Art Clay Silver Level I Instructor Certification in September of 2013 and her Senior Instructor Certification in June of 2014. She has been teaching Metal Clay along with a variety of other jewelry making techniques at local bead shops and shows for the past 4 1/2 years. Today Despina enjoys mixing her skills in Metal Clay along with her old school metalsmithing techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces. ln the pursuit of advancing her skills, she continues to educate herself, learning new techniques which in turn she shares with her students. You can see what Despina has been up to lately by following her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DespinaBuoncristianiJewelry and/or Instagram at DespinaBdotcom.

Skill Levels: All. Some hand tool experience helpful but not required.
Dates/Times: July 27, from 9:00am to 1:30pm
Fees: $140

Do you love to stack bangles on your wrist? Love the sound that they make? In this class you will learn how to cold connect Fine Silver wire with rivets to create 2 Industrial Chic bangles. Texture, detail, shape, and strength will be added by hammering them. Final shaping and sizing will be done on a mandrel for the perfect fit. Golden accents and additional strength will be added by wrapping and hammering brass and/or copper wire in selected spots. Once the bangles are completed, patina will be added to highlight the details. Wear them alone or include them with other bracelets on your wrist...the
compliments will be coming your way!

Some hand tool experience is helpful but not required to successfully complete this project. If you have any concerns about your experience level, please call or email Despina to discuss.

Class Fee includes use of tools, consumables, Fine Silver wire, Brass wire, Copper wire, and rivets.

To register and pay for this class please call 626-963-8541 or email Despina at despina@despinab.com.

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