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The lovely and very creative Marilynne Lipshutz, owner of the highly respected Studio 34 emailed me to say there are a few spots available in the classes offered by this summer’s visiting artist, Mary Hettmansperger. Read on – and email Marilynne to register.


Mary Hettmansperger is a fiber and jewelry artist who teaches internationally in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Singapore. Across the US, Mary instructs at Arrowmont, Penland, Bead and Button, Convergence, National and Regional Fiber conferences, Art and Craft Schools and private Guilds. Mary has authored and illustrated 3 books:

  • Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop: Combining Sheet, Clay, Mesh, Wire & More
  • Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet
  • Fabulous Woven Jewelry



Hinges, Doors, Books and Lockets

Friday, August 15, 2014

Using copper sheeting, students will design a hinged locket. Students may bring a personal photo, image or favorite paper to place in the locket, or use papers and images that Mary has selected. Mica is used to protect the image and cold connections hold it in place. Students will make one locket with a copper back and a sterling silver front and will have material to make more books and lockets using just the copper. Patinas, texturing, and metal applications, including embossing will also be covered. The focus of this class is to master the hinge using tabs to create a variety of moveable doors. It is a low-tech process with fabulous results.

Students will make several different designs.

$45.00 per person including registration, materials and teaching fee
Tools needed for class:

Hammer Bench Block
Texturing hammers if desired Needle Nose Pliers
Metal scissors or snips Wire cutters

Materials in kit for class – supplied by instructor:

24 gauge copper sheeting All patinas
Findings & embellishments Torches/fuel
All wires & cold connections Handouts
Mica, paper & embossing materials



Torch Firing and Tab Bezels

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Using torch firing in a variety of ways, students will make colorful and unique pieces of jewelry.  Copper sheeting, wire, enamels, cold connections and embellishments will all be used to create layering and unusual effects in enameling.  Patinas, texturing, and basic wire and metal applications will also be covered.  Many torching techniques will be covered, such as adding Glass beads, silver foil, resist, sifting, embedding items, stencils, patinas and more.  The focus will be the endless possibilities of torch fire enameling and the benefits of using tab bezels to connect when using enamels.

  • $140.00 per person including registration, materials and teaching fee
  • $75 deposit due July 16, 2014

This is a six hour class.  10 am to 5 pm (one hour included for lunch).

All materials will be supplied by the instructor.

Tools needed for the class:

Dust masks                                                                                Hammer
Bench block or small anvil                                                 Bent Nose Pliers
Needle nose pliers                                                                  Wire Cutters

Tools may be purchased in advance or ordered.    Please contact the studio two weeks prior to class to order.

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 Looping Class

Sunday August 17, 2014

Learn the art of Looping over glass, beads, stones and more!

Using a tumbled beach glass base, rocks and other beautiful focal items, students will create a layer of knotless netting using a fine wire. A variety of colored wire along with copper and silver filled wire will be used in this weaving technique. Students will have an opportunity to layer items under the netting, leave areas open and exposed to create visual interest and add beads in the netting for embellishment and added texture. Students should finish a couple in the class time, but will be given, several items to loop over and the wire needed to complete all projects.

  •  $130.00 per person including registration, materials and teaching fee
  • $ 75.00 deposit due July 16, 2014

This is a six hour class.

Tools needed for class:

Hammer                                                                                  Bench Block
Texturing hammers if desired                                       Needle Nose Pliers
Metal scissors or snips                                                      Wire cutters

There will be some tools available in class, as well a list for purchase from Studio 34.


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