Inspired by Filigree

A The Tucson Bead Show Workshop [select another show]

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Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Gwen is an Inventor, Instructor and Maker of Pretty Things. Gwen explored a variety of creative outlets, from cake decorating to quilting to lampworking, until she discovered making jewelry with Wire, Metal and Fire. They inspire her creativity and fuel her passion for teaching. Gwen is the inventor of the Riveting Essentials tools – a set of tools that makes riveting easy and nearly foolproof. As Gwen said recently: “These are the tools for riveting that I have been trying to find for years. In my own work, they let me handle riveting tasks that I always thought were too difficult. In the classroom, these tools have changed riveting for my students. The beginner student will be amazed at their instant riveting success. I love that “A-HA!” moment, when a student realizes how simple riveting can be with these tools!” As an instructor, Gwen loves the interaction and camaraderie of the classroom. Her mission is to make metal working techniques accessible to everyone, so that students learn more than they expected, and have fun doing it. Students can expect Gwen to share her knowledge and creativity freely, with a dash of humor and lots of caring patience. Gwen also believes it is important for students to experiment with new techniques without a costly investment in new tools. For that reason, Gwen provides all necessary tools for students to use in class. Gwen is privileged to share her talents with students at The Makery in Bulverde, TX, and studios across Texas. Also look for her classes at Bead Fest Santa Fe, Bead Fest Philadelphia and Bead & Button (Milwaukee, WI). Please visit her website,, for current class information.

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Location: The Tucson Bead Show
Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: February 1, from 2:00pm to 5:30pm
Fees: $125 » (includes all supplies needed to complete the project and use of instructor’s tools during class)

Bend, curve and solder Sterling Silver Wire into a modern interpretation of filigree. Using one of the instructor’s designs, students will create a pendant. In this introduction to soldering, learn the basics of sweat soldering and soldering wire forms. Finally, learn to set a gemstone cabochon in a pre-made bezel. Bring a chain or cord to class and wear your creation home. A discussion of additional design opportunities is included. This class utilizes a butane torch.
Skills/Techniques Learned: In addition to soldering techniques, students will learn to cut and form wire, create and utilize silver granules for embellishment and how to set a cabochon.

Instructor provides all tools, supplies and consumables for use in class.

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