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Intro to Wire Techniques Part I

at Bead In Hand - Oak Park

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Oak Park, Suburbs
145 Harrison St
Btwn S Lombard & Taylor Avenues
Illinois City, Illinois 60304
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Description
Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 4
Teacher: Phyllis Kaplan

What you'll learn in this wire class:

This class is for you if: 
  • You really want to learn how to work with heavier gauge wires (22 to 18 gauge) 
  • You've always wanted to make your own dangles, coils & jump rings 
  • You like a class where you get lots of practice 
Students will Learn: 
  • What tools to use and how to use them 
  • About the characteristics of wire and techniques for working with it 
  • How to make headpins, eye pins, jump rings, S-hooks and the love knot bead 

Materials for Intro to Wire Techniques – parts I & II
Students will need:
  • copper round wire:
  • 18 gauge - At least 10 feet
  • 22 gauge - At least 3 feet – more is better to allow for practice.
(Copper is the most reasonably priced for practice, you can also use dead-soft sterling silver or gold filled wire, not half hard.)

Recommended Items include:
  • 6” ruler
  • permanent marking pen (Sharpie)
  • notebook & pencil or pen
Items available for use during class include:
  • flush cutters suitable for cutting up to 16-gauge wire
  • extra-long round-nose pliers
  • mandrel – aluminum knitting needles (short works fine, size 10 or 11) or any other smooth round object to wrap wire around
  • metal files
  • jewelry pliers: small round-nose, chain-nose, and flat-nose
  • polishing cloth (sunshine cloth is an example)
  • fabric placemat to work on or other soft work surface
The following items are needed for hardening soft wires – copper, silver or gold filled – and will also be available for use during class:
  • chasing hammer with convex (slightly rounded) head
  • plastic mallet or hammer
  • steel bench block, 2½”x 2½” or jeweler’s anvil

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Refund Policy
Class fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to other classes, unless we cancel the class.

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If you are coming by car, the easiest way to get here is on the Eisenhower Expressway (290). Oak Park borders Chicago due west of Chicago’s downtown. From O’Hare airport, take 294 south to 290 east. From Chicago, take 290 west from 90/94 or downtown.

From the east: Exit 290 at Austin Blvd. At the end of the exit ramp, make a right turn onto Austin (you'll be travelling north). The first street has a traffic light and that is Harrison St. Turn left and drive 3 1/2 blocks. Bead in Hand will be on your left. The shop is just before the first stop sign you come to at Harrison and Lombard Ave.

From the west: Exit 290 at Austin Blvd. At the end of the exit ramp, make a left turn onto Austin (you'll be travelling north). The first street has a traffic light and that is Harrison St. Turn left and drive 3 1/2 blocks. Bead in Hand will be on your left. The shop is just before the first stop sign you come to at Harrison and Lombard Ave.

The most common mistake is exiting at Harlem Ave., because Harrison Street does not go all the way through to Harlem. (But if you like getting confused, this is the place to do so, because east of Harlem is Oak Park and west of Harlem is Forest Park. In Oak Park, Harrison Street is parallel to the expressway on its north side, while in Forest Park Harrison Street is parallel to the expressway on its south side. See, wasn't that fun?)

If you are taking public transportation, the easiest way to get here is the CTA Blue Line. Take the train marked Forest Park. Exit the train at Austin Blvd. Walk west toward Lombard Avenue. When you get to the top of the stairs, you’ll be on the Lombard Ave. bridge over the Eisenhower Expressway. Turn right (north) and walk one block to the stop sign at Harrison Street. Turn right again (east) and Bead in Hand is just a few doors down on the same side of the street.

Parking
There is often street parking in front, but if not, turn onto Lombard and park along Lombard. There is metered parking right near the corner, but if you drive a little further you can park on the street for free. There is also parking on weekdays and Saturdays in the parking lot just east of us, off of Taylor Ave. (next to the church).

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Intro to Wire Techniques Part I
Reviewed by Mayra S. on 5/1/2017
Phyllis was outstanding Excelent
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