Monday, March 16, 2015

Debora Mauser's $30 Creative Wire Jewelry Video Class Giveaway

By on Monday, March 16, 2015 50 Comments

Many people love the look of wire work jewelry. But they are often taken aback when they first start working with it. Wire has a will of its own so it takes practice to get it under your control.  We all learn differently.  So also helps to take classes if the self teaching is not working out. Debora Mauser is an experienced teacher who has a Creative Wire Jewelry Video Class on Craftsy for those who cannot get to a live class.



I had a peek at her class and discovered the emphasis of the class is on the "creative" because what this seasoned teacher did is to teach both wire and and some basic metal work techniques. It is a very different approach.  A range of necessary skills are taught to enable the student to make different components  and ultimately to create unique designs.

The online video tutorial consists of 7 main lessons which are broken down into subsections. The total runtime is over 2.5 hours but the lessons can be viewed not only at any time but in any block. There are controls to slow down the video or do 30 second repeats for tricky bits.


This video class suits the late beginner rather than the newbie because some of the techniques may be a little daunting.  Debora covers the balling of wire with a torch in the first lesson! Having said that, this instructor simplifies many things and they don't look hard at all. Her demonstrations of how to do a basic wire loop and wrapped loop are some of the clearest I have ever seen.

She also uses thick wire - not just because it is easier to see but as a design element in itself. Annealing (softening with heat) of both wire and wire strips makes them easier to manipulate.



I also like how Debora stresses the safety aspects of working with wire and metal.  The mark of a good instructor is to share with you what not to do as they have learned the hard way.  For example, she reminds the viewer a number of times to keep the hand holding the piece well clear of the bench block when hammering.  That's because she had bashed her own hand before!

Wire coiling is best done with a coiling tool - Debora has one type I have not seen before.  Coiling wire with a drill is tricky even for Debora.


She teaches how to make various wire components such as paddle headpins, caged beads, coiled wire beads, different kinds of wire connectors, Egyptian coils and bead wrapping.   Her demonstration on how to make Danish Knots from 3 different short wire coils (there are 3 of these interlocked wire balls in the picture below) is excellent.


Some of the demonstrations like how to metal stamp were basic but enough to generate ideas.  However two sections particularly stood out.  Debora makes riveting look very easy indeed.  Her gentle and skilful hammering to create the nail rivet as well as the eyelet type is inspiring.


The other section that was also good was the lashing and woven wire one.  Lashing is sewing with wire.  She cleverly used two dowels and some cord to demonstrate wire weaving. Both lashing and wire weaving together with riveting are good cold connection techniques worth learning about.


It was also fun to see the author go through the "how to put it altogether" process at the end using the various components made with the techniques taught in the video workshop.

Debora is offering a discount of 50%  if you wish to purchase her class. This offer is valid until the end of March, 2015. Please note the online video is on Craftsy, a paid tutorial site.  You do have to join (free).  The video will always be available in your account to view anytime after purchase.

Giveaway
If you'd like to win the workshop video, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, March 23, 2015 . I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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50 comments:

  1. I would love to win this video and expand my wire work knowledge. thank you

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  2. This is fantastic!! Would love to win it>
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com
    Marlene

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  3. I need to improve my wire jewelry skills and would love this class
    trish128@gmail.com

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  4. This class looks wonderful. I'd love to take it on Craftsy. They offer wonder classes. I've taken a few. I am a subscriber and will share this offer on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Wish me luck :)

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  5. I really like this style. It is a more casual look with an edgy feel. Would love to win the tutorial.

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  6. I am flattered by Pearl's write up and wish you all good luck on winning the class, if you aren't the winner, use the coupon, its a great deal! Another really cool aspect of Craftsy is that as the teacher I can answer any questions on the platform. You can stop the video and write questions any time, post your projects and share! It's really cool! Good Luck

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  7. I would love to learn new wire wrapping techniques and these look very unique!
    Thanks for the chance!

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  8. This looks like a great class with a lot of helpful information!

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  9. This looks like so much fun. I love working with wire and would love to win this.

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  10. I'm a blog follower, KayzKreationz

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  11. Just tweeted about your review and giveaway. https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/577469078236835840

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  12. I would love to win this! I was actually looking at this class as well as another class on Craftsy trying to decide which one to buy, just a week or two ago. Had a hard time choosing, but went with the other class. How great would it be to win this one now?!

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  13. I have been working with metal, wire and beads for a couple of years and have been what I call a newbe. I'm ready to push to another level…beginner! With this giveaway, I feel I'd learn new techniques and possibly bloom into this wonderful world of artistic expression. I would be honored to win this giveaway. Thank you...

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  14. Oh my, this is a wonderful opportunity and I am so looking forward to winning this terrific giveaway. I've been working with metal, beads, and wire for a couple of years as a newbe and am ready to push into the world of beginner. Thank you for this offering and I hope to win, so I can learn new techniques and be inspired by you and your work.

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  15. Just what I need to take my jewelry making to the next level.

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  16. Wow! I would love to have this video class! My wire wrapping skills have stagnated & this looks like it would be just the thing to kickstart it to the next level.

    Pearl, thanks for sharing this giveaway & for your blog; I always learn something. I am a blog subscriber & follow you on Facebook.

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  17. I love her work and this would be a lot of fun!
    Carol
    Designingit.etsy.com

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  18. I would love to win. She's a terrific teacher. Thx!

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  19. Wonderful workshop giveaway! I'd love to win it. I am a blog subscriber, follower and posted this on Pinterest.
    Thanks Pearl!
    Zan
    zanc@att.net

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  20. I would love to win this class.....I am so into wirework right now!!!!

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  21. I would love to win this! It would help me expand my wire skills!

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  22. Beautiful ideas and these type of projects lend more to your jewelry when findings, chains, etc. are made by you. Blog subscriber: zoowatcher10@yahoo.com.

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  23. I'd love to win this. I love working with wire and metal. Thanks for the chance.

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  24. I think you can always improve when it comes to wire work. Add to that the cold connections and wowza!

    I saw Debbie's comment above and think being able to interact with her is such a bonus!

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  25. This looks like a terrific class for people like myself who wants to improve their skills. Blog Subscriber: vkiss@nethere.com

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  26. Pearl, you have found another wonderful teacher. Thank you!
    I follow on bloglovin', I tweeted and shared on Pinterest.

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  27. Oh my goodness! This class is on my wishlist!
    My new workshop should be set up by the middle of spring and I can get back to jewelry making. It has been more than 2 years since I had a dedicated place for this!
    Oh I DO hope I win!
    Kathy
    sis5of11@yahoo.com

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  28. This class sounds just like what I need to improve my jewelry making skills. Would love to win. I have other tutorial classes on Craftsy and enjoy being able to re-watch a segment or total class any time!

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  29. Priscilla LuchettiMarch 16, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    I LOVE these new (to me, anyway) techniques! I have been eyeing metal folding, stamping, etc tutorials lately and would very much love to learn these among other metal projects. I work with many different mediums eg (chainmaille, wire working, beadwork etc) and am always looking to expand my knowledge. I am totally addicted to jewelry but especially love to create my own! Pick ME, please!! Priscilla cilliwon@aol.com PS I am also a subscriber to your blog...

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  30. I love the color, appearance, and versatility of the pieces in this tutorial and am excited to learn the techniques involved in making them. Winning the DVD would be an added bonus! :) ~Leslie ljordan00@aol.com

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  31. This would be awesome. Just learning about wire and I need all the help I can get. grinchswoman@hotmail.com

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  32. So many beautiful designs! And such inspiration and creativity. A great opportunity to learn and grow as an artist. Thanks for the chance!
    Lorrasimon@gmail.com

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  33. Very inspirational for this wire newbie !

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  34. What a neat video give-away. Great, do-able, creative techniques with wire. I'd love to win. spinningjenny57@hotmail.com

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  35. OK Pearl, who would not want to win this video series. Her work is beautiful. Thanks for this opportunity!

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  36. I have always wanted to learn how to do wirework. This video looks like a good start.

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  37. Thanks for the chance to win this great video prize.
    Sue : )
    doinwire at gmail dot com

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  38. I really need to work on my wire working skills.

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  39. blog subscribe (rss) Inoreader.

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  40. what a great class . I have taken a few craftsy classes and they are so very professional and informative. I would love to win this class . I love doing wirework .
    I am a blog follower, and will share on my Facebook page

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  41. Great write-up of the class. Would love to win this one!

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  42. Would dearly love to have this video so I could conveniently access the good quality info on wire working. Thanks for the opportunity

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  43. Looks like a great class. Thanks for the chance to win this. I'm also a blog subscriber.

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  44. The video looks very informative. I really want to win it!!
    Kathy Cooper
    kathy@beadify.com

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  45. Your new blog format is fantastic!! Again, I would love to win the video.
    Kathy Cooper
    kathy@beadify.com

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  46. This is a great giveaway! I hope I win. I could use the instructions. Thanks!

    rileypark2@gmail.com

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  47. I subscribe and follow also!'

    rileypark2@gmail.com

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  48. What a great workshop!!
    mar_aslanidou@hotmail.com

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