Pattern Wire Wrapping
Learn the method of pattern wire wrapping and add some variety to your jewelry making skills.
In this 3-day class, students will learn the basics of pattern wire wrapping, to create small pendants and earrings utilizing different types of beads. The focused patterns to be taught include a 2-bar and 3-bar wrap. Then students will use these patterns for wrapping and setting a bead into a focal frame. See images for an example.
Students will also learn how this style of wire wrapping can evolve into more intricate works. (Instructor will bring examples of furthering the work.) Instruction, for the use of specific tools used for wire wrapping and tricks of the trade, will also be given to help you on your wire wrapping journey.
The number of pieces each student will produce will vary based on skill level. Ultimately, the goal of this class is to get comfortable with creating patterns and understanding how to use them.
Dates: Jan. 31–Feb. 21 (3-day sessions, no class on Valentines Day), or Feb. 28–Mar. 13
Time: 5 pm - 9 pm
Ages: 12+ (parent required for 16 and under)
Instructor: Nik Kienitz
Campus location: Cottage
Student limit: 6 people
Materials: $15 materials fee due the first day of class to the instructor. The fee covers craft wire for practicing, real wire for final pieces, beads, and tools used in the class. If students would like to bring a focal point bead, please make sure it is at least an 8-millimeters in size. If you have questions, call the instructor.
Nik has been making jewelry since he was 15. Taught by his mother, the two of them loved to create together. He fell away from this art form after moving to Salt Lake. When many years had passed, he realized how much he missed it and wanted to get back to making jewelry. After some refreshing and learning new wire wrapping tips, Nik began to wrap stones and rekindled his love of jewelry making. He's been following his heart and chasing his dream ever since.