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Join me in my love affair with wire working!
Rarely do I offer a straight-up link making class, in person. The reason is that working with wire can be challenging! Many instructors don't even venture into the fascinating world of wirework.
After years of working with wire, I'm excited to share my wealth of knowledge and technique with you online, via Link Love. I'll show you, close up, the right way to work with wire so that your links come out to perfection...every time.
We'll be creating tons of gorgeous cold links as well as doing some silver soldering...and chain making; hot and cold. Every jewelry maker should have a collection of go-to links to enhance their pieces. In this class, I'll give you the skills you need to make that goal a reality.
As with all of my workshops, I like to show you lots of versatile techniques done in my style: relaxed, well made, and well thought-out.
Some of what you'll get:
I'll walk you through the step-by-step of each link, to make it easy and understandable.
- How to make the most versatile wrapped link...ever
- Creating a perfect spiral
- Making connections
- Adding beads
There will be lots of focus to detail that will help to perfect your work.
- Twisted wire, annealing, drawing a bead on wire, shaping, flattening
- Working with a butane torch
- Silver soldering for chain making
- Finishing and operating a tumbler
I'll show you my tips and tricks for wirework You'll learn some classic links as well as some of my own original creation. 22 different links, in all, including the following:
- Jump rings; plain and twisted...soldered and cold closed
- Abacus Link
- Double Spiral Link
- Cloverleaf Link
- S Link
- Spiral and Post Link
- Double Hoop Link
- Arrow Link
- Scroll Link
- much, much more!
I'll show you how to make the lovely Herringbone Weave...
...my own beautiful Scroll Link...
...and I'll even walk you through the process of creating an incredible Egyptian Coil bracelet. This classic link dates back thousands of years to ancient Egypt and makes for an amazing necklace or bracelet.
One of the most versatile things you'll learn is not really a link but a very clever end crimp: the Spring End Crimp. You'll be able to use this on leather, rubber, silk, fabric and even rhinestone chain:
You'll have unlimited access to my private online classroom, for the duration of the workshop, including the following:
- Jammie access! Videos available 24/7 the entire duration of the class, beginning on day one
- Complete tool and supply list (available upon registration)
- Tools and supplies overview, advice and resources
- Questions, answers, troubleshooting with continual access to an experienced instructor
- Social media site for group sharing and a live, online chat
What else you'll get when you take an online class with me:
As a pioneer in the field of online jewelry making classes, I strive to make sure my workshops are of the highest quality. They include highly detailed videos that you'll be able to watch as many times as you like; no driving, no airfare, no hotels and no schlepping your heavy stuff! You’ll have continual access to my classroom. Like to work in your jammies?...the videos will be at hand…a click away…any time of day or night, for you to view as many times as you want. One of the most important, and enjoyable, aspects of my online classes is the private social media site I provide. You'll have the ability to post photos of your work, chat with other students, post questions and get the answers you need. My workshops are fluid, work-at-your-own-pace classes with a friendly, classroom atmosphere.
Once you register, a complete tool list will be made available, along with a resources list and other downloadable files. The tools and supplies required for this class are pretty straightforward and you may be surprised to find that you already own some of them. I'll be available to teach, guide, critique and answer your questions for the duration of class.
What you learn in this class will be a valuable addition to your jewelry making skill set. I hope you join me!
Important: I accept Paypal payments only. Please make sure that your Paypal email address is the one you would like the classroom password sent to. Also, please make sure your full name is included in your Paypal payment information.
Due to the online nature of this class, no refunds once your registration is complete and you're provided the class password.
Very Important! Make sure to add my email to your email address book so my emails will come through. If you do not hear from me, please check your spam/junk folder. If you don't see my email with the log on information, contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, my website, or facebook. If you have not received the log on information within 3 days, and it's not in your spam email folder, that means your server/firewall has rejected it. You may have to use an alternate email address (gmail works well) or recruit someone on your end to help.
Registration is closed. Registration will run through June 20, 2016.
The workshop will run for two full months on my private classroom site. All videos will be posted on the first day of class. Videos are not downloadable but, once the videos are posted, students will be able to view them at any time. This means you can work in your jammies at three in the morning, if you choose! I will be available the entire duration of the workshop for questions and troubleshooting. For a basic tool list, please click here. PDF's of the complete tools/supplies list will be provided after registration.
There will be a private social media group available for you to post questions, comments, photos and chat with each other, and with me.
Artistic integrity is an important matter...please be mindful:
Sharing of log-on information and/or class material with anyone who hasn't paid full price for the class is unethical and is not allowed. Please don't share. By registering for this class, you agree to this and to the copyright terms listed on my sites. Classes and class material, online or otherwise, my not be reproduced or taught in any venue, in whole or in part. Please do not share passwords or class material with anyone who has not paid the full fee for the right to access the site or information. Sharing with unauthorized individuals is considered stealing.
Designs from this class are the sole property of Deryn Mentock and may not be duplicated for profit. Techniques from this class may be used in any way you like.
All works of art, jewelry and photographs within this website are protected under U.S. copyright laws and international conventions. No portion of the artists' works or statements may be duplicated, downloaded, reproduced or altered in any way.
What my students have said:
Susan: I have taken three of Deryn's on-line classes with much gratitude for her unique teaching ability unlike any other instructor. She is a true treasure ......... so generous and never holds back her knowledge. It sets her apart from others. I have been so fortunate to have found her and she has opened my eyes to a whole new world.
Heidi: This is my 3rd class with Deryn and she's the best out there. Considering the amount of info packed into these videos, this is the best bang for the buck there is. Plus, you can watch them in your jammies at 2AM, which is what I am doing. Who needs sleep when you can play with fire and pound on metal?
Anonymous: Thank you for putting together the DREAM course in my opinion. There are so many workshop/courses out there that have either been misleading, disappointing or I realized the content was beautiful but the course lacking.... Your course description was like a breath of fresh air, I knew I HAD TO HAVE IT. I think I have taken enough online courses to see you are the real deal and I am very much looking forward to taking another. Thank you for your time and efforts to feel it was important enough to share yourself online.
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