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Featured Jewelry Instructor: Annette Kinslow

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Inspiration for
November 3, 2014

Aren’t you excited for the 2015 Tucson Jewelry Classes this winter, hosted by JewelryTools.com!

Come learn the art of making jewelry with us, January 29th – February 9th 2015, at the JOGS Gem & Jewelry Show. We’ll have the BEST jewelry classes in Tucson in 2015, with a wide range of jewelry instructors teaching jewelry-making classes from 10am to 6pm every day of the show. We’re planning to have the best Tucson gem show classes in town! Plan your 2015 Tucson trip around taking a class – or a few! – at the Jewelrytools.com Jewelry Classes at JOGS this February.

Featured Instructor: Annette Kinslow

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Annette Kinslow is a lifelong artist and teacher who believes in the power of art to change lives. Kinslow wants to challenge her patrons to look within themselves and become acquainted with their inner artist. Kinslow has worked in a variety of media beginning with sketching and painting then more lately with spinning, weaving and the fabric arts. However, when Kinslow moved aboard a 37-foot sailboat with her three sons, husband and Shar Pei dog, the looms and spinning wheel had to go.

Searching for a new art that would fit the dimensions of a boat, she hit upon the idea of wire wrapping sea glass into jewelry. She taught herself the technique and soon was selling her work. She began teaching the techniques and is now a twice published designer, a teacher of national note and a travelling artist selling her jewelry at art shows and markets. She has expanded her skills to make her own dichroic glass and do her own metal work.

Click Below to explore Annette’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:

We are lucky have Annette Kinslow as one of our NEW JewelryTools.com instructors this year from January 29th – February 9th at the JOGS Show in Tucson, Arizona!

Find out more about our Jewelry Classes in Tucson!

Happy Wrapping!

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Featured Jewelry Instructor: Albina Manning

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Inspiration for
Ocotober 31, 2014

Aren’t you excited for the 2015 Tucson Jewelry Classes this winter, hosted by JewelryTools.com!

Come learn the art of making jewelry with us, January 29th – February 9th 2015, at the JOGS Gem & Jewelry Show. We’ll have the BEST jewelry classes in Tucson in 2015, with a wide range of jewelry instructors teaching jewelry-making classes from 10am to 6pm every day of the show. We’re planning to have the best Tucson gem show classes in town! Plan your 2015 Tucson trip around taking a class – or a few! – at the Jewelrytools.com Jewelry Classes at JOGS this February.

Featured Instructor: Albina Manning

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Jewelry designer and instructor Albina Manning was born in Russia, in a small town not far from Volga River. In 2003 she moved to Arizona. Her works have been used by Fire Mountain Gems both as a back cover advertisement and inside their catalog. Albina has written several E-books and has been published in ‘Art Bead Circle Magazine’ , ‘Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry’ , as well as the book Mixed Media Jewelry Techniques, a collaboration with Dale “Cougar” Armstrong and eight other talented jewelry artists. Albina’s latest success is her Coiling and Weaving Wire Jewelry Designs Series, a 3-DVD series devoted to working with round wire to create beautiful designs, released through Wire-Sculpture.com.

Click Below to explore Albina’s Classes this January and February in Tucson:

1/30/2015 10:30am – 2:00am Albina Manning Netted Pendant
1/30/2015 2:30pm – 6:00pm Albina Manning Findings

 

1/31/2015 10:30am – 2:00pm Albina Manning Waterfall Earrings
1/31/2015 2:30pm – 6:00pm Albina Manning Wire Woven Bangle
2/01/2015 10:30am – 2:00pm Albina Manning Bunch of Flowers Necklace
2/01/2015 2:30pm – 6:00pm Albina Manning Earrings 101
2/06/2015 10:30am – 2:00pm Albina Manning Chain Bracelets

Teaching is my passion. Jewelry class should be fun, so every single person there is having a great time, including me! -Albina Manning

As you can see, Albina has a knack for incorporating woven wire in beautiful pieces: some is so neatly done, that it looks like knit fabric! Albina has several tips to help you get consistent weaves and wraps, whether you’re using round wire or square. While weaving is a lot about using your thumbs and forefingers to direct and mold the wire, you can always nudge wires into place with chain nose pliers, using nylon jaw pliers to “erase” kinks in the wire if there’s a mistake.

And this will be the first time we’ve offered a wire crochet course, which I know will be very popular – it’s one of the classes we get asked about the most!

I asked Albina what her favorite thing about the Tucson gem shows is. She told me, “It is like a vacation for me. Some people go on a cruise, and I go to Tucson! :) ” The JOGS Show, which has many upscale gemstone vendors and gift booths as well as finished jewelry, is one of her favorite shows.

We are lucky have Albina Manning as one of the returning JewelryTools.com instructors this year in Tucson, January 29th – February 9th at the JOGS Show in Tucson, Arizona!

Find out more about our Jewelry Classes in Tucson!

Happy Wrapping!

 

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2015 Tucson Classes

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
October 29, 2014

Announcing the 2015 Tucson Jewelry Classes at JOGS:

Mark Your Calendar for January 29 – February 9, 2015

We are so excited to be bringing you 100+ classes this year at JOGS Gem and Mineral show this January 29th – February 9th, 2015. We have pulled together a very impressive international team of instructors to bring you the largest selection of classes available in Tucson.

Please browse our class schedule either by date or by Instructor to find the classes you want to take. You may register for as many classes as you would like all on the same order.

Plus, Early-Bird Savings: NOW through Tuesday, November 11, save $20, $75, or $175 when you reserve your seat online:

It’s that time: time to plan your trip to Tucson to stock up on wholesale deals on jewelry supplies and tools, check out the breathtaking fossil & mineral shows, network with other jewelry makers, and take classes from some of your favorite jewelry instructors you’ve seen online & in magazines!

Choose from 18 jewelry instructors at the JOGS International Gem & Jewelry Show at the Tucson Expo Center in Tucson, Arizona, January 29 – February 9, 2015.. This indoor show will be packed with exhibitors and booths – but you’ll have lots of space to learn and socialize in our spacious Jewelry Classes area.

Choose from full & half day classes with Marilyn Gardiner, Kim St. Jean, Joe Korth and many more! Plus, with classes starting at just $119 and many kits from $10-30, you’ll get a huge amount of jewelry techniques and skills for your buck.

Look at a few of the projects that our instructors will be teaching!


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NOW Through Tuesday, November 11, save $20, $75, or $175 when you reserve your seat online:

Buy 1 class, get $20 off with GS1420

Interested in more than 6 classes? Give us a call! 1-866 453-6147

See you in Tucson!

 

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Fun, Fast Fold Forming DVD Series

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

New Product for Sept 24, 2014

Fun, Fast Fold Forming

A NEW DVD Series by Eva Sherman

This week I wanted to share a brand NEW DVD series that we’ve just launched. It’s so exciting! It’s called Fun, Fast Fold Forming.

It comes to us from a leading Fold Forming expert, Eva Sherman, who reveals this little known proven formula to make beautiful cuffs – even if you’ve NEVER touched a piece of copper before.

Here are a few reasons that this new DVD Series so exciting:

  • There are HARDLY any new metal working techniques, ever…
  • Did you know that in the last 100 years there has only been 1 truly new and original technique invented?
  • Are you stuck because you feel like you’ve tried and done everything before?
  • Have you ever wondered why after a while making jewelry and working with wire everything starts to look the same?

You’ve probably seen about a million free blog posts on jewelry making patterns and ideas, and you’re more confused than ever, bored with the same old same old, and you are hungry for something truly new.

This new technique is call “Fold Forming“.

  • Fold Forming takes advantage of the ductility and fluidity of metal when you anneal it, allowing you to then imprint the forms and work harden them into the metal…
  • It was first discovered by Charles Lewton-Brain, in the late 1980′s making it the only new technique in the last century… and it represents the only innovation in metalworking in thousands of years.
  • Fold Forming is a little bit like a combination between origami and traditional metal work, only you add a blow torch to anneal the metal and then create spectacular folds.
  • There are literally hundreds of unique designs you can create using the techniques in this DVD series, you’ll learn everything you need to know to start to fold metal into beautiful designs.
  • As more and more of you, my loyal customers and jewelry artists extraordinaire began to ask about fold forming, I realized we had to find a way to teach you this incredible new jewelry art form.

Here’s Just a LITTLE of what you’ll discover…

DVD 1: Introduction To Fold Forming: Line Folds and Applied Textures

DVD 2: “Chasing On Air” – Use this to make the wildest designs you’ve never seen

DVD 3: “Eva’s Signature Technique” – The Sherman Fold” with 5 different finishes

Eva cover’s every question, detail, and tip in these amazing DVDS, including:

  • You’ll make 3 beautiful cuffs at the same time, using these 3 separate techniques, including “The Design Stamp” and the “Pie Crust”
  • The unique and easy formula for sizing your cuffs perfectly so they’ll stay in place without hurting your wrists
  • How to clean your metal using an easy technique, and why using this technique between each process is REQUIRED if you want your cuffs to look polished and beautiful.
  • Why you MUST batch your work in Eva’s special “assembly line process” and how it helps you to make 3 times as much jewelry with the same work…
  • The most efficient way to get the most from your time and materials
  • Why Dead Soft Copper Is The Best Metal To use, when you are starting out.
  • Most important: You’ll master how to anneal metal to the perfect temperature for ease of folding (like the image below)
  • And much, much more…

This new DVD Series is now available and if you’d like to know more or purchase your copy CLICK HERE.

I’d like to thank Eva for sharing her fantastic technique with us.

Happy Wrapping!

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Pricing Your Wire Jewelry

by Judy Ellis, Wire-Sculpture.com

Wire Jewelry Tip for July 9, 2014

Pricing Your Wire Jewelry

Last week we took a look at easy jewelry you can make while you sell, either at a show or a festival. Today we are going to take a look at an older article from our blog that addresses “How to Price Your Jewelry Wire” by Dale Armstrong:

A few simple suggestions:

Please keep in mind that the following methods are not “set in stone,” as many people have their own formulas that work well for them. Rather, this is how both my personal students and I price our work. Note: none of us sell wholesale, as we are artists, not manufacturers.

Pricing is always the most difficult part of any art form, and jewelry is the hardest to determine, as there are so many ways to price. When you are making and selling jewelry in today’s economy, you may not be able to receive the compensation you fully deserve, but you should be able to survive if you price correctly for your area.

  • Most hobbyists (those who make pieces as a way to relax and to obtain a little extra cash) will take the price of their materials and multiply by 3.
  • Weekend craft show warriors (who participate in shows close to home, so there is no added expense of hotels) often multiply the cost of their materials by 5.
  • Many of my personal students will multiply their materials cost by 3 and then add a realistic hourly rate for their time, beginning at $10/hr. Please note, this time does not include any learning curve; rather, when you can make a piece without hesitation and no mistakes, that amount of time is what we charge for.

As you become more proficient with your skills, and the piece is made more quickly, then you are increasing your rate of pay per hour. Example: when beginning, an about-perfect bangle takes you 3 hours to create at $10/hr. Later, with experience, the same quality piece takes just an hour, and you have increased your rate of pay to $30/hr.

Opal ammolite

“Dragon’s Eye”, an ammolite joined to a cat’s eye tourmaline, created in 14k solid gold wire by Dale Cougar Armstrong.

Of course, special pieces deserve special prices, such as a one-of-a-kind pendant or ring with the only stone “cut just like that,” for which you can ask whatever you like. If your one-of-a-kind piece sits in your case for a year and is well-behaved, it doesn’t eat anything, so it doesn’t matter if it sells immediately or not. If you set a special stone in a serious metal such as 14k or 18k, same scenario; I would just as soon not sell it than give it away.

To be able to sell your pieces in today’s “I want it for nothing” world, you need to get them out there. Here is the link to an article I wrote to give you ideas for sales venues: Where to Sell Your Wire Jewelry.

Displaying Your Work:

When displaying your work, no matter where, be sure divide your jewelry inventory into percentages of items priced according to the potential market.

For example, try having:

  • 20% of your items priced from $20 and under (for example, headpin earrings or little bead rings, made with crystals or unusual gemstone beads like agates and jaspers)
  • 30% priced from $48 to $25 (wrapped crystals, more elaborate earrings, regular cab pendants, etc)
  • 30% priced from $85 to $48, and
  • 20% priced specialty items from $90 and up.

It’s also smart to have a few designer pieces (priced wherever you want) to show just what you are capable of. Not only will these will attract higher-end customers, but also may catch the eye of gallery owners, etc.

Often, my specialty and designer pieces attract more sales because folks would really love to have one but can’t afford it at the time, so they purchase a lower priced item just so they can take a piece of my work home. I always have several of these customers return the following year, looking for me, because they are now ready for a special purchase or a custom order.

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Unfortunately, there is no one, single pricing formula that will work for everyone. My advice is to test the waters to see what your potential customers are willing to pay, and go from there.

Don’t just give your pieces away!

For example, someone attempts to convince you that the bracelet you have invested $30 worth of materials and 2 hours of your time in is not worth more than $35, and that you need to sell it to them! Don’t listen to that. Personally, I have had to remove items and put them in my pocket to end an occasional situation such as this.

Remember, Inspiration comes from every Where and every Thing!

Happy Wrapping!

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