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Expand-a-Spiral

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Learn how to form a dynamic spiral from flat sheet!   Using my custom designed blank, you will form a 3-D spiral shape that encases a strand of beads.  I will show you my tricks to secure the beads within the structure, and we will create a hammered bail that rivets on to balance the girth of the spiral.

Discipline:  Forming

The manipulation of sheet and/or wire to form a desired shape.

Level:  Intermediate (**)

This is considered an intermedaite forming project because you need to ease the flat shape evenly in opposing directions.

 Secondary Discipline: Wire-working

Working with precious/semi-precious wire to form jewelry components.

Level:  Advanced (***)

The wire-working aspect of this project is considered to be advanced because it requires forming while attached to the 3-D object and also the connections need to be made in tandem.

Tertiary Discipline:  Riveting

The use of a metal pin or tube to fasten pieces of metal together.

Level:  Intermediate (**)

The riveting aspect of this project is considered intermediate, because the rivet is in an awkward position.

Where?

Desert Jewel Studio, 26839 N 44th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. You will receive directions upon registering for class.

When?

This class is not on the schedule at this time.  If you are interested in taking it, e-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com with your interest and availability.

How do I sign up?

Class will be $50/person. E-mail jen@jewelryclasseswithjen.com or call Jen at (480)635-2402 to register any time from noon to 10pm.

What will I need to bring to class?

Project Materials: 

  • Pendant kit available for sale in class for $40  (or request the pattern ahead of class and cut it out yourself if you have the skills to do so…)

Tools needed: (please inquire about tool rental if you are not equipped)

  • Jewelry grade metal file (swiss made #4 cut half round)
  • Needle files (optional)
  • Steel block with mat to muffle the sound
  • Ball pein hammer (for texture and riveting)
  • Bail making pliers  (Beadsmith #PL42   or Eurotool equivalent)
  • Stepped Pliers (Beadsmtih #PL48 )
  • Flat pliers
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Ruler
  • Flush cutters
  • Sharpie marker (ultra fine tip)
  • Emery papers (including 600 grit), slurry coated cloths – various grits
  • Magnifying glasses – most people don’t think they need them until they are faced with seeing the detail of jewelry close-up.
  • Covered water or other refreshing beverage
  • Snacks are always welcome as well. 🙂

The following will be provided for your use in class (feel welcome to bring them if you have them to reduce the wait time):

  • Spring-loaded center punch
  • Flex shaft
  • #52 drill bit
  • Silicone lubricant
  • Pin vise with 2.3mm and 1.7mm cup burs as well as 2 and 3mm ball burs
  • 3/4″ PVC coupling or 1.25″ dowel
  • Dapping block
  • Dividers
  • Tube cutting jig/ vise
  • Saw frame & 3/0 blades

The majority of the above items are available locally at C&D SilverSJ Jewelry SupplyLonnie’s Jewelry Supply or other on-line jewelry supply sources. If you have any difficulty or questions about obtaining any of these items, please contact Jen to inquire about your options.