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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,

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Location: The Tucson Bead Show
Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: January 30, from 9:00am to 12:30pm
Fees: $110 » (includes all supplies needed to complete the project and use of instructor’s tools during class)

A variety of cold connections and texturing techniques are used to create a one of a kind pendant. After cutting the copper shape of your choice, learn to texture and drill the base piece of the pendant. Using the patent pending Riveting Essentials tools, students will learn to use traditional wire rivets, make and use nail head rivets, and add some extra bling by riveting a bezel cup and setting a gemstone. Students will also learn a simple tube rivet technique.

Skills/Techniques Learned: Students will learn a variety of Metalsmithing skills including multiple riveting techniques, setting a cabochon, cutting sheet metal, texturing and stamping techniques.

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

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