Bead and Button Jewelry

A To Bead True Blue Workshop [select another show]

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Instructor: Helen Driggs
Helen Driggs is the former Jewelry Group Technical Editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and an experienced metalsmith. Her popular column “Cool Tools & Hip Tips” and video library: Metalsmith Essentials: Basic Fabrication, Rivets & Cold Connections, Machine Finishing Jewelry, Textures & Patinas and One Hour Rings make her a popular and sought-after instructor on the show circuit. Her book, The Jewelry Maker’s Field Guide was published in 2013. Helen holds a BFA from Moore College of Art, and is very active on social media: Instagram: HDriggs_Fabricationista Twitter: fabricationista Blog:

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Location: To Bead True Blue
Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: February 2, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
$50 » Workshop
$25 » Kit. Kit Contents: 2” Button, 1” Button, 2 colors faceted crystal or 8/0 beads,18 ga. Brass core wire/armature, 28 ga. Brass coiling wire/armature, 5 large hole glass beads, 2 colors 28 ga. beaded perimeter wire, Fiber hanging cord

Break out the old button box -- we'll elevate ordinary buttons into wonderful, wearable center-stage focals for all types of jewelry. Learn how to modify old or new buttons using wire and inventive connection methods like wiring, riveting and other cold connections to create button bracelets, pendants or earrings with a modern twist. You’ll learn Drilling, Wire coiling, Color Use and Combining Materials without glue
Students should bring the following tools: Dremel tool with appropriate collet and#56 Drill bit, Steel Block -- combo or separate, Awl or sharp scribe, Round nose pliers, Chain Nose Pliers, Flat nose Pliers, Wire cutters, Sanding sticks, Sharpie

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