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Featured metal classes at the 2018 Bead&Button Show

Learn essential metalworking skills and techniques in these exciting workshops. 
Leonard Lannum PMC Ethnic jewelry
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 — come explore and see what you'd like to learn!
Anne Mitchell Three Dimensional Forged Cuff
Three-Dimensional Forged Cuff

In this class, metalsmith Anne Mitchell will teach a variety of techniques for texturing fine-silver sheet and round wire. Students will dive into tube and flat rivets, liver of sulfur patina, hardening the piece, and metal shaping.

Using 18-gauge fine-silver sheet, you will also delve into a variety of texturing and scuffing techniques to personalize the base of this creation. Then use a combination of a rolling mill and hammers to texture the accent arches for the 3-D look and feel. After shaping the base to fit, you will then use a combination of precisely cut tube and rivets to attach the accent arches. The finishing touches will be to tumble, patina, and polish to bring out the highlights and texture.


Donna Lewis Silver Cholla Pendant
Silver Cholla Pendant

Donna Lewis will help her students learn how to cut down and form from natural elements; how to build a two-part mold for a three-dimensional impression; the best way to prepare a piece for the self-contained bail; patina and polishing techniques; and the trick to insert chain permanently into the piece. 

If you take this class, you'll take a piece of cholla cactus skeleton and whittle it down to the piece you want. You'll make a two-piece mold so you can create both the front and back of your piece. You'll use PMC and your mold to create the piece as you see it. You will create the self-contained bail within the piece, then fire, patina, and polish. You will have a little portion of the desert southwest to wear close to your heart.

Leonard Lannum PMC Ethnic jewelry
PMC Vintage Ethnic Pendant and Earrings

Vintage ethnic jewelry is all the rage. Cristina Leonard and Gail Lannum will show their students how to  use button molds and ethnic jewelry dies to create a pendant and earring sets.

In this class, you'll learn how to work with metal clay; how to use molds and dies; multiple finishing techniques; a unique wire wrap for earrings.

Chris Mode Heading in the Right Direction
Heading in the Right Direction

It’s time to point yourself in the right direction! Join Chris Mode to make a sterling silver ring with a real working compass! It’s a great conversation piece or the perfect gift for graduating seniors. 

Learn how to create a professional looking adjustable ring, set a stone (in this case a compass), and add patina to the finished ring. Students will be filing, soldering, sanding, polishing, cutting, hammering and feeding off each others creativity.

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