Sunday, June 10, 2012

Congratulations to Julie Rafferty.  She is the new owner of the peacock bracelet.

Thanks to all who have 'liked' my FB page -

The response was so gratifying that I have decided to offer more jewelry pieces through the same process.  Please watch the page to see what is in store for July!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Turning A Basic Loop

Tools Needed
To create wire loops, you will need:
  1. Chain nose pliers, which can be regular or bent nose pliers
  2. Round nose pliers
  3. Wire cutter

  1.  Make a 90˚ bend in the wire with about 1/2” of wire extending from the bend.  The 1/2" is variable: for larger loops, make the bend farther from the end; for a smaller loop, make the bend closer to the wire's end. The thickness of the wire can also effect this distance.
  2. Grasp the very tip of the wire with the round nose pliers. Gently twist the pliers away from you. Keep the wire in contact with the pliers at the same distance from the pliers tip.  Turn the pliers about a half turn.
  3. After about 1/2 a turn, possibly less, your hands and wrists were probably in an awkward angle. To continue the loop, release the wire and rotate the pliers back to the starting position, with your dominant hand facing away from you and continue the loop.
  4. Continue with step 3 until the loop is formed. When rotating the pliers, be sure the loop has full contact with the pliers (also known as the pliers "filling" the wire). This will ensure the loop forms uniformly.

    Saturday, July 31, 2010

    Fall 2010 Cooperative Community Classes at Central York HS

    Filigree Jewelry Course
    To Register-Contact Linda Tross 717.846.6789 ext 1206 or

    Central York HS Room 629 6:30 to 8:00PM Fee $30.
    3 sessions Mondays, September 13, 20,27
    Tuesdays, September 14,21,28
    Mondays, November 8,15,22
    Tuesdays, November 9,16,23

    Create vintage-style brooches, necklaces, bracelets and earrings that are inspired by nature and an appreciation for artisan couture jewelry of the past. The filigree is either authentically vintage or newly stamped from the original dies by a fourth generation American company and then hand embellished and antiqued in my studio.

    This is a beginner to intermediate level class. All tools are provided, but if you have your own jewelers tools such as pliers, wire cutters, files, etc., you are encouraged to bring them along as you are used to working with them. Basic linking, forming, wire wrapping beads, riveting, cold forming, etc. are taught as needed to complete the items you select. You choose the degree of difficulty, I provide the materials, tools and instruction.

    Please visit my web site to see over 40 kits available for sale. You will purchase the kits the first evening of class and throughout the course. I bring a selection of kits along the first session as seeing the completed piece is much better than seeing just an image. I always have additional kits that may not be listed on my website.

    Please contact me ahead of time if possible so I can be sure to bring the kits you wish to purchase. The kits are created as limited editions so be sure to reserve yours.