Jen Cushman: Wrist Full of Words

Jen Cushman
Wrist Full of Words; A Gypsy Wrap Bracelet
Sunday 9th April
One Day Workshop

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Like many free spirited artists, I’ve always been drawn to the gypsy lifestyle. The women are strong, beautiful, confident and always a little bit mysterious. With this workshop, we’ll be combining my passion for words with my love of color as we make a quadruple wrap style bracelet. This is a technique-filled workshop where you’ll walk out at the end of the day wearing a brand new and gorgeous piece of mixed-media jewelry.

We’ll be exploring metal stamping as we create our empowered wrist full of words metal focal bands. You will learn simple and effective techniques for getting the perfect impression every time. Additional metalworking techniques include cutting, texturizing, filing, drilling and patination.

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Learn how to cold connect fiber and metal with wire, how to make wirewrapped bead links and also make your own clasps and closures. There is nothing pre-built with this wrap bracelet. Every piece will be created and assembled by YOU!

Never made jewelry before, you say? Please, don’t worry and come join me. I always teach foundational techniques for beginners in my mixed-media jewelry classes. For example, I’ll be demonstrating how to make several individual bracelets for those who are on the newer end to jewelry making, rather than one long quadruple wrapped bracelet (which is a little more intermediate in skills). For those with a bit more experience, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to level up your skills.

This workshop Is all about fun, color, joy and tapping into your independent spirit.

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Tools and Supplies to bring:

Round nose pliers

Chain nose pliers (without grooves on the inner jaw.

*Please ensure your pliers fit nicely in your hand and feel comfortable to work with. It’s very helpful to have jewelry pliers and not garage-type tools in order to form professional-looking loops.

Wire snips

Metal shears if you have them or a jeweler’s saw if you happen to have/use one. (not required). Instructor will have a few extra French shears for cutting sheet metal, but bringing your own will reduce your wait time.

Hammer and small steel bench block. We will be doing metal stamping so you’ll need your own tools to ensure you have time to work in class. Instructor will have a few extras for those of you who are flying in from another country or who absolutely cannot bring jewelry tools, but please know using these will extend your wait time.

Pair of scissors

A selection of beads in colors of your choosing. This is a fun, gypsy bracelet so it’s a great time to get into your bead stash and use up those odds and ends!

12 inches of ribbon or organza fabric in complimentary colors of your beads..

Kit fee: $12 includes 22 gauge bronze sheet metal, bronze wire in various gauges, use of instructor’s alphabet and patterned metal stamps from ImpressArts, use of instructor’s butane torches/gas, patina, steel wool, miscellaneous consumables.

NOTE: Instructor will have various silk sari ribbon and bead mix baggies for purchase if you just want to show up with your tools and play.

Have a question? Please feel free to email me at JenCushmanArt@gmail.com prior to the retreat.

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