Cabochon Pendant: Beaded Ribbon Design

September 18, 2022

Schedule: 9 am-4:30 pm Sun

Instructor: Kaska Firor

Registration Deadline: Sept 5

Description

Explore several intermediate to advanced wire-weaving techniques as you craft this unique pendant. Students will learn how to construct a woven bezel to securely hold the cabochon and a large bail to accommodate various chain sizes. Next comes the elegant embellishments, including a woven ribbon with beads woven into it. Discussion and demonstrations will include design process, various weaving techniques, and ways to customize the design to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

Students need to be familiar with basic weaving methods in order to complete this project in class. Weave instructions available upon request for those wishing to practice before class.

Materials fee includes color step-by-step handout, copper wire, choice of a cabochon, copper beads, 2 bobbins (upgrade to silver will be available in class).

Class size 8

Level Intermediate and above

Student Supply List
If you have your own tools, please bring: flush wire cutters, chain nose pliers, flat nose pliers (Shake Rag Alley can provide these). Also bring painters masking tape, ruler, fine tip permanent marker, needle tool, work mat. Magnification recommended. Optional: hammer and steel block (Shake Rag Alley can provide these, too) and any of your other favorite wire tools.

  • Tuition $140
  • Materials Fee $47

Instructor

Photo of Kaska Firor

Kaska Firor

Kaska Firor is a jewelry artist, author, and an educator. She has been working with wire for the past 20 years and is a recipient of many awards for her intricately woven jewelry. Kaska’s work has been published in several books and trade magazines such as Art Jewelry, Step-By-Step Wire, Bead Style and SNAG’s Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey.…Read More

Kaska Firor is a jewelry artist, author, and an educator. She has been working with wire for the past 20 years and is a recipient of many awards for her intricately woven jewelry.

Kaska’s work has been published in several books and trade magazines such as Art Jewelry, Step-By-Step Wire, Bead Style and SNAG’s Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey. She is the author of two books. Her first book, Freeform Wire Woven Jewelry, is an overview of many popular wire-weaving techniques and an introduction to the exciting world of artistically crafted wire-woven jewelry. Her second book, Wire & Fire, coauthored with Kat Firor-Colque, explores more advanced wire-weaving skills as well as ways of combining wire weaving with soldering and other metal techniques.

Among others, Kaska is a two-time first-place winner in the wire category in Bead Dreams Competition at the Bead and Button Show.

Kaska believes that teaching is an essential part of the art-making experience. She travels throughout the U.S. leading workshops at national shows, jewelry and bead societies, and jewelry schools.

To see more of Kaska’s work and her workshop schedule, follow the links below:

Instructor Website     Instructor Facebook     Instructor Email

 

Workshops

Chandelier Earrings

Bead Ring

Free-Form Bracelet

Cabochon Pendant: Beaded Ribbon Design

 

Registration Policies & Waiting Lists

Class Confirmation
You will receive a registration confirmation via email. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a snail-mail confirmation.

Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details, and note our current COVID-19 protocols on our Planning Your Workshop Experience page.

Materials Fees
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).

Cancellation Policy
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:

Student cancellations

> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging through Dec. 31 of the following year and is transferable.

> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.

> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.

Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley

> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refund.

> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.

Waiting Lists

If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.