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Four featured metalwork 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 — come explore and see what you'd like to learn!
Eva Sherman Petticoat Cuff
Petticoat Cuff

This technique is a bit like making a pie crust, except students will use hammers and torches to create the ruffles. All levels are welcome, and no metalworking experience is required.

Eva Sherman will walk you through forging, cold connecting, and finishing techniques.

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Francesca Watson Garden Cuff
Garden Cuff
This beautiful sterling silver and labradorite cuff is not only a chance to gift yourself with flowers to wear year-round, it’s also an opportunity to plant more advanced metalsmithing techniques in your creative garden. You’ll build dimensional elements from scratch, learn how to combine them cleanly, create a custom setting for a stunning, flashy labradorite cabochon, and form and size a cuff for comfort and ease of wear.
Francesca Watson will show her students how to build dimensional elements, form and solder wire components to sheet (cleanly), create custom bezels, and form comfortable cuffs using simple tools. You’ll also learn best practices for clean, secure stone setting on a dimensional element, and how to add a rustic patina.

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Gwen Youngblood Patchwork Silver Pendant
Patchwork Silver Pendant

Come explore the ancient art of sterling silver fusing. You’ll create a pendant that evokes vintage patchwork with a hint of modern sparkle and shine. Gwen Youngblood will walk you through the process of fusing sterling silver to create the base piece. Next up, those amazing silver balls, a prong setting, and bail -- all soldered into place. Finally, a quick and easy hand finishing technique that will add sparkle and shine to this fun, funky, and organic piece. Bonus: Students can make a pair of earrings with the leftovers.

Gwen will show her students how to focus on the ancient technique of fine silver fusing as well as soldering. Students will leave class with a firm foundation in these techniques, ready to apply them to new projects.

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Ronda Stevens Jabobs Ladder bracelet
Jacobs Ladder Bracelet
This is a fun bracelet that lets you choose how to create your ladder to fit your bracelet. Balance is what it’s all about and you’ll learn how to balance each side of your bracelet using a template that you’ll create based on your wrist size. This class uses sterling silver-filled and gold-filled wire. You will have the opportunity to use a patina on your bracelet, if you choose.

Ronda Stevens will teach you to create a template so that you can determine the center of your bracelet based on your wrist size; how to twist square wire, use half-round wrapping wire in small spaces, and use patina if you choose.

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