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Metal and Wire classes at the Bead & Button Show

MaryHettsmansperger
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 4-11, 2017. 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!
RobynCornelius
Making Metal Beads
Design and make your very own, one-of-a-kind metal focal beads with the creator of last year's Show Bead, Robyn Cornelius. Students will learn a variety of techniques, including piercing, doming, texturing, stamping, soldering, riveting, and how to patina and embellish.

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MaryWohlgemuth
Rising Moon Pendant
Join Mary Wohlgemuth and Michael Thee as they create a sophisticated layered pendant with design details on two levels. Build riveted spacers using tubing, and perfect your fabrication finesse: sawing, drilling, tube-setting, and bezel-building. Learn tips for easy tube-setting, achieving a gorgeous patina, and getting the most glow out of flashy moonstone.
MaryHettsmansperger
Unique Bezels and Torch-Fired Surfaces
Using unique bezels in a variety of ways, Mary Hettmansperger will show students how to creatively connect while using patinas, texturing, and wire and metal applications. Focal interest areas will be made using torch-fired enameling. Explore the endless possibilities of bezels, layering, and problem-solving with cold connections. 

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KieuPhamGray
The Urban Beader Presents: Simply Silver

If you have been thinking about trying metalwork, join Kieu Pham Gray for an afternoon of fun. By the end of class, you will have a good foundation in metalworking, and a bold bracelet to show off your new skills. Students will solder sterling silver with a torch, use a jeweler’s saw, create a closure, and use a flex shaft for finishing techniques.

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