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Metal and Wire classes at the 2018 Bead & Button Show

We're excited to highlight some brand-new classes that we can't wait to check out at our own Bead&Button Show, the largest consumer bead show event in the world. The Show takes place at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI, June 3-10, 2018. There will be hundreds of classes teaching every kind of jewelry-making technique — and not just beading! Here is a selection of some fantastic metalsmithing classes taught by some of the premier artists in the jewelry community. Come and join us!
Abelew Powder Coating
PJ Tool Jewelry Presents: Powder Coating Party!

Join two former editors from Art Jewelry magazine, Annie Pennington and Theresa Abelew, to learn about the latest jewelry-making trend in this playful, crash-course in powder coating. Using a simplified coating process of dipping instead of spraying the powder coat, you will learn how to easily add durable color to your metal jewelry. Theresa and Annie will also briefly introduce you to a fluidizing bed -- a simple tool that makes it easy to apply an even coat of powder on your metal. Learn how to prepare the metal blanks, apply the powder, and cure the powder to create a colorful bracelet, necklace, or an assortment of components to use in your jewelry designs.

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Barzacchini Mothers Embrace
Mother’s Embrace Pearl Necklace
Gently curve wire into the shape of an abstract mother and child in a heart form, then wire weave the frame of the heart with fine-silver wire. Encircle a beautiful cultured pearl with silver wire and "embrace" both mother and child with arched wires. Students will receive Susan Barzacchini's thorough step-by-step pictorial packet of instructions so they can recreate the Mother's Embrace again and again.

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James Rain Drop pendant
Discover Torch Enameling: The Rain Drop Pendant

The Raindrop Pendant is lovely to look at and equally fun to make. Come learn how to make one of Steven James’ most popular projects -- learn about secret techniques and tools to produce this beautiful pendant. A cluster of color and creativity await you in this class with solid forecast of fabulous! You’ll even take home your own color kit to keep the creativity burning back at home.

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Gage Kiln fired earrings
Kiln-Fired Enamel: Earrings or Earring Cabochons

Make a pair of enameled earrings using enamel fired onto copper in a kiln. Enamel is glass fired onto metal, and makes a very permanent and beautiful finished surface. Transparent enamels will be used which combine nicely with copper to create warm rich colors. After enameling the copper, you will use sterling silver findings to create an elegant finished look. OR you can make cabochons that you can take home to make into earrings by combining beads at a later time.

Sherie Gage will demonstrate the basic skills of kiln-enameling onto copper which includes preparing the copper, selecting colors, and firing the enamel in a kiln. You will work with transparent enamels to create a finished set.

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