Wire 2 – Gene Sheridan
William Holland – June 10-16, 2018
This class will be making Bracelets only. We will make bracelets using pattern wire, half round wire, square wire, twisted square wire, and round wire that is twisted together and then is flattened by running it through a rolling mill.
We may also use beads and crystals in some bracelets and cabochons in others.
We will be using 18, 20, 21 and 22 ga. square wire, both half-hard and dead soft; 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20 ga. half round—half hard wire; and 14 and 16 ga. round – dead soft wire.
Both Sterling Silver and Gold Filled Wire will be used. We will use more 20 ga. square dead soft and half hard wire and 16ga. round wire than anything else. We will use lots of 18ga. half round half hard for wrapping. I can’t tell you how much of each wire you will need because I don’t know how many Bracelets you can make. Most students make around 12 but one student made 37 in one week. She was in my class 5 times.
Students should bring their own well marked tools and an Optivisor or other magnifier.
If you don’t have your own supplies your cost will depend on supplies purchased.
You should go home with $600 – $700 or more of jewelry to sell plus the knowledge to make more.
I will have wire and supplies for sale if needed.
Lab Fee US $40 is for three DVD’s. Interchangeable Cabochon Pendants Vol. I and II, Interchangeable Bead Pendant Vol. I and one CD with about 65 Files of information and some tutorials…
Estimated Material Cost: US $300.00 to $400.00
Prerequisites: Wire I with about 6 months of practice at home.
Gene started making jewelry as a hobby in 2003. He attended William Holland School of Lapidary Arts and took Wire 2 under Lisa Roberts, Wire 2 under Ruth Ann Moore, Wire 2 under Betty Baxter, Precious Metal Clay under Mary Ann & Ken Devos, Silver 1 under Dan Haga, Silver 1 under Don & Ann Monroe and Cabochons under Diane Brooks.
He continued to work with wire and in 2005 was a victim of hurricane Katrina. He moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi in 2006 where he took a position as a Jewelry Wire Artist and Designer for a major company. He made three instructional DVD’s with this Company titled, “Interchangeable Cabochon Pendant Volumes 1 and 2 and Interchangeable Bead Pendant Volume 1 which are his designs and creations. Later he made another Video on Adjustable Wire Wrapped Bracelets with Red Abstract, Inc.
Shortly after that the company closed their business in Vicksburg and moved to Missouri.
He did not want to go that far north (he said it was too cold) so he retired and moved to Decatur, Alabama where his brother lives.
Gene has been teaching at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Young Harris, GA. since June 15th 2008. He also teaches in Huntsville, Alabama at Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment witch is the Southeast’s largest center for the arts.