Silver-Wear – Jan & Keith Stephens
William Holland – June 10-16, 2018
Repurposed “SilverWear” and Beginner Wire Jewelry
Students will learn the basics of cold forming and will turn vintage Silver plated flatware into reclaimed “Silver-Wear” Jewelry. Students will apply skills from Wire I or Cold Connections including polishing, buffing, basic wire wrapping, texturizing, stamping, using patina and making simple cold connections.
The lab fee covers all materials for the required projects, consumables supplies, the use of specialized tools and all handouts for the course. If desired, finer metals and gemstones will be available at additional costs. The instructors will also have optional silverware pieces, tools and supplies available for purchase, at fair market prices, for completing extra projects at the school or at home. Students may need to use vision magnification to see clearly. Otherwise, all you need to bring with you is creativity and imagination for this unique, fun-filled class.
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST————$0+
PREREQUISITES——————-Wire I or Cold Connections
Jan has a diverse arts background that includes classical piano, interior design, watercolor and acrylic painting, textile creations, and ultimately jewelry design. For the past 17 years she has used freeform creativity and an artistic flair to create her one-of-a-kind, improvisational pieces. She displays her designs on her website www.wrapsodyjewelry.com. She has been featured in several magazines including Southern Distinction, Step-By-Step Wire Jewelry and Bead and Button magazines. She lives in Winter Garden, Florida and has been teaching wire jewelry classes for the past 15 years at many locations including her own Wrapsody Jewelry Studio located in Winter Garden Florida, the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, Creative Journeys Art and Design Center in Buford, GA, the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education, the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Athens Technical College-Department of Continuing Education, Ann Peden Studios, Watkinsville, GA, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC., Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, NC., the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, Deland, FL and other locations. Jan attained degrees in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Educational Administration from the University of Central Florida, Brenau University and the University of Georgia. She retired with a thirty-six year career as a professional educator and refined trainer, and now melds her teaching expertise, intuition and distinctive design talents to provide an optimum training environment to grow beginning or intermediate students into advanced creators of wire jewelry art. Her classes are an entertaining and educational experience where students take wire wrapping, forming and design skills as well as beautiful creations with them at the end of each course.