Saturday, 3 May 2014

Wire wrapping class with Lisa Barth

Last week I attended a two day wire wrapping class with Lisa Barth. She is an American metal clay and jewellery artist. I have attended a class with her before and really love her wire work style.
The masterclass was hosted by Tracey Spurgin of Craftworx in her excellent teaching studio.
On the first day we learnt how to do the wire wrap stitch and we made earrings. The trick with this is to make two the same! Not easy.

Wire wrapped earrings

On the second day we used the skills we'd learnt to make a wire wrapped pendant. I chose to use a boulder opal that my friend Kate had brought from her stone stash. You can't really see in the photo but it has some lovely neon flecks of blue.
I also decided to stretch myself and add seed beads to the wire wrap.

Wire wrapped boulder opal pendant

It was difficult to get the wire to fit just right around the stone but Lisa was on hand to help and tell me what small adjustments were needed. I'm really pleased with the final pieces and I found the whole course very inspirational.

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