Bonnie Bishoff – Capturing Wire with Polymer

Date(s) - 09/21/2019 - 09/22/2019
All Day



September 21-22, 2019


CoHatch, 752 High Street, Worthington, Ohio

Cost: $230


Bonnie will teach:

  • Ways to create lightweight and simple armatures with wire and apoxie clay (no soldering required).
  • Types of wire to use and why, how to harden and shape wire for projects
  • Basic designs formed in wire to make cuff bracelets, brooches with wire and clay catches, several different original closures and linking structures for necklaces
  • How to create your own designs from start to finish instead of relying on purchased findings to dictate forms for your jewelry

  • Working with thin polymer veneers to cover wire and creating dynamic forms with apoxie clay that will then be covered with polymer veneers
  • Using canes and patterns that you have already made or even simple sheets of color or stripes to practice these techniques with wire
  • The emphasis will be on the engineering and a sampling of techniques. Bonnie will not focus on any particular cane construction but will explain and demonstrate how she uses veneers to create designs in jewelry

Supply list:

  • Nickel Silver Wire (we will have in class for purchase by the foot)
    2-3 ft heavyweight (for bracelets): 10 gauge (from Rio Grande)
    2-3 ft lightweight: (for necklaces, pins, and closures): 18 gauge (from Rio Grande)
  • Pliers (for forming wire) hammer, file. One simple pair of flat pliers or various shapes, wire cutter,
  • Bench block or tiny anvil for hammering and shaping – Rio Grande Item #: 112052GP also
    can be found at AC Moore with jewelry making supplies
  • Apoxie sculpt clay from Aves Studio – any color (we will also have on hand to share)
  • Pasta machine (or reserve ahead if you need one of ours)
  • Polymer canes 4 or more. Already made, simple stripes and blends will be fine

  • Conditioned clay in a variety of your favorite colors (approximately 1 pound total)

  • Scrap clay about 6 oz. for filler
  • Genesis heat set thick medium – small container
  • Translucent liquid sculpey and brush for application
  • #11 exacto blade knife
  • Burnishing tool

We will have on hand:

  • Nickel Silver wires for purchase – both 10 and 18 gauge
  • Apoxie sculpt clay
  • Wax paper, masking tape, rubbing alcohol, foil
  • Drawing paper, pencils and scissors for designing
  • Pasta machines (if you need one, please let us know so that we have enough on hand)
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