Monday, September 14, 2015

Sarah Thompson's Wire Weaving Bracelets Online Class Giveaway

By on Monday, September 14, 2015 129 Comments

Washington based Sarah Thompson of Sarah-n-dippity, is one of the best wire weavers I have come across.  I featured her stunning work in a past post.  She also is a very good instructor too as I found out when I got to review her Wire Weaving Bracelets: Basics and  Beyond Craftsy class. Here she teaches how to create wire weaving bracelets.


She spent the past 10 years developing her wire weaving skills through trial and error.  So the class is a fabulous opportunity to learn how to make your own jewelry using her techniques. I agree with Sarah that wire can be such a sculptural medium, designs are invariably unique.


The class is divided into 7 lessons with a total run time of 3 hours. 3 bracelet designs are taught. As with all Craftsy classes, the format is such students can watch the class when and where they want and as many times as necessary to learn a technique.  You will be able to ask Sarah any question.



Lesson 1 covers the wire information and basics of working with wire. Her tips on how to prepare and  handle wire for weaving were invaluable. Wire weaving does not require many tools but it can be hard on the hands.  So her ergonomic  tips were also excellent.

I found Sarah to be thorough - the sign of a good teacher is they never assume anything. Her teaching experience shows with this lesson as Sarah starts with the simple figure 8 weave.  This is perfect for beginners and for those who find the other weave taught challenging.


Lesson 2 is where she teaches the modified soumak weave which is used for the 3 bracelet designs in the class.  Here she shows how a simple bangle is made with different colored wires.  The basics of how to change wire color, fixing wire breaks and how to tuck in the wire ends are covered here.


An astonishing amount of time - 31 minutes - was allocated for Lesson 3. It was for the making of the articulated clasp which is used for the next bracelet design .  This is where one realizes the attention to detail this artisan pays to all her designs. What she said about doing something well is thought provoking.  She called it "the difference between a crafter and an artisan."   


Lesson 4 and 5 were the most fun where she shows how to weave a free form bangle using bare wire and two different widths of woven bands. There is considerable leeway for self expression with this design shown below.

You do learn some basic metal smith techniques like hammering.  One thing I learned from Sarah is that there are different types of chasing hammers - hers has less of an edge than mine. This means she is less likely to make tool marks than I when hammering.


Lesson 6 is the "beyond" part of the class where Sarah shows how to layer and "stitch" more complex designs.  She also covers how to incorporate focals and a second clasp style.


I particularly enjoyed the patination portion of Lesson 7 where Sarah demonstrated the use of liver of sulfur gel and the range of colors one can get depending on how long the metals stay in the oxidizing solution.  She did point out that if you mix copper and silver together in a design, the silver stays shiny after patination as it does not oxidize in the presence of copper. It is a matter of preference, but I rather like that contrast and don't think it need be avoided.


A simply excellent class and one which I highly recommend for those wanting to get into wire weaving.  Although the class is on bracelets, the techniques learned can be applied to pendants and and earrings.

Sarah is also the author of a new book Fine Art Wire Weaving: Weaving Techniques for Stunning Jewelry Designs.



Giveaway
If you would like to win Sarah Thompson's Wire Weaving Bracelets: Basics and Beyond class, 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, September 21, 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!

Disclosure
I am now a Craftsy affiliate which means I receive a small compensation when classes are purchased through my blog.  The opinions expressed here are entirely mine and mine alone.  These would be the same, whether or not I receive the compensation.  The book link is an Amazon affiliate link.

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129 comments:

  1. Sarah's items are just gorgeous! Hopefully I can learn to do the wirework.

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  2. Wow, I would love to learn how to wire weave. These are beautiful examples.

    Swillert@new.rr.com

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  3. This would be great. I've so wanted to learn some wire weaving. I took one class and the teacher was so poor, I never finished the piece. I'd love to learn this so I could finish my first piece.

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  4. I tweeted about the class and your giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/643412439766183936

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  5. This wire work is just BEAUTIFUL! I would love to win the tutorials for these pieces. It's exciting just to look at them. Thanks for the chance.

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  6. I absolutely love her designs, her pendants are stunning!
    swilmot67@gmail.com

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  7. Wow, this is what I've been looking for forever to learn how to layer the different weaves. I look at this type of work and constantly marvel. I will definitely post this on my blog.
    B

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  8. I love wire weaving and have been doing some for a while. There is always room for improvement and advancement. I would love to win this class and move on to the next step. I am a subscriber.

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  9. Hi, Pearl, I have a question: if we want to buy the video, how do we buy the video from Craftsy through your website (so you get your commission)? Is there a link here that I'm not seeing?

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    1. Hi Barbara - just click on the class link in my post above. The link on my blog is an affiliate link. I do indeed get a commission if you purchase it by clicking on it to get to the Craftsy site. :-)

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  10. I'm so intimidated by wire wrapping! This class would d finitely help me get over it and start something I've always wanted to do!

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  11. These pieces are gorgeous! Would love to win and learn from Sarah Thompson!
    Donna J
    datmine2009@hotmail.com

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  12. Oh I'm so dazzled and amazed by some of these intricate wire wrapping pieces-I love wire work and have a lot of different wire already but very much need to learn how better to use it. Would love to win this! Am a subscriber and blog follower too. Can be contacted via retro-grrl@hotmail.com fingers n toes crossed!

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  13. I have only basics down, and would love to learn some "beyond"...her work is amazing, such talent!

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  14. Would SO love to have this class! I have been "dying" to really get into Wirework and this would do it. th_bookfiend@yahoo.com

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  15. I'd love a chance at this book. Always new things to learn! My blog link is below.
    http://healingbeading.blogspot.com/

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  16. I would SOOOO love to win this. I have tried wire weaving in the past and cannot seem to get it right. It is my favorite style of wirework. I can be contacted at cozyhomerental@cox.net

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  17. Sarah is a very talented artist. I enjoy Craftsy classes because the camera shots are close ups, teachers explain things well, you can ask questions and review the class at any time. I would love to add this technique to my repertoire. Thank you for the opportunity to win Sarah's class.

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  18. Tamara... mshugana@gmail.comSeptember 14, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    I have fallen in love with wire. I am so excited to learn everything I can and am amazed at the beautiful jewlery that came from these fingures.

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  19. I love her work. Have always wanted to learn this.

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  20. I absolutely love wire weaving and this class looks amazing. I am always looking for something that will help to stretch my skills and this class looks like it will fit my needs. Going to share this everywhere!

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  21. Wow, what a wonderful book - thanks for your giveaway!

    geri.actor@comcast.net

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  22. Her work looks amazing. Have started learning wire weaving this year and winning these classes would be a huge jump forward. Thanks, Pearl, for all the opportunities you provide.

    donnacorn@juno.com

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  23. Looks like that is a wonderful class.

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  24. Ohhh! Love this one. I have recently wanted to learn wire weaving.
    I am a blog subscriber, a FB follower and pinned your giveaway:
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/365987907196976014/
    Fingers crossed.
    zanc@att.net

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  25. I am still a beginner in wirework, this would be such a great help !

    I am a blog subscriber.

    voltzia@gmail.com

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  26. Just bought the book; thanks so much for the information about the on line class! It will take my wire work to the next level

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  27. Connie Abbott (abbottzoo@verizon.net)September 14, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    I, too, love Sarah Thompson's work! Her pieces of art are gorgeous. I love to wire weave also, and would love to enhance my knowledge of different weaves and patterns by learning from one of the best! Thanks for entering me for this wonderful drawing! Connie Abbott

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  28. I love wire weaving. The projects are stunning. I would love to win it. ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  29. I have admired Sarah's work at a local jewelry supplies store, aspire to take a few of her classes when health issues permit. I had heard she was working on a book, and how delightful to know it's now available! I'd love to win it! She's the best! Super exciting! I am a blog follower and subscriber. Ttàngles@yahoo.com thanks Pearl!

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  30. I just saw that Sarah had won for her wire working designs at Bead Fest in Philadelphia. That of course led me to do a search for her name and I spent about an hour looking through everything I could find on her.

    What an amazing artisan!!

    The little bit of wire weaving that I've done could certainly use a boost Pearl. So chuck my name in there and I'll give the wheel of chance a spin.... :0)

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  31. what a great book! I love the look of wire weaving and especially because she has examples of using lampwork beads. If I don't win this book, I'll have to to buy it. It looks like it would be an invaluable resource for wire wrapping with my own lampwork! Thanks Pearl! Blog follower, too.

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  32. I would love to win this class, I work with wire and it excites me to see this artist share her knowledge! Wow, great give away!

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  33. Wow! Now that sounds like a class I'd like to take!
    Cburton at live.co.uk

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  34. I have Sarah's book on my wishlist on Amazon. I so need her book. This class is on my wishlist on Craftsy so it is perfect timing for this giveaway. Thank you so much for it.

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  35. Gorgeous! I would love to learn her techniques. Thanks for the wonderful drawing.
    Bratlea66@yahoo.com

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  36. Greta gdmar@comcast.netSeptember 14, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    What stunning works of art! I would love to win this one. I am a blog subscriber.

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  37. Oh, be still my heart. Such an amazing teacher to learn from. I have been taking my wire weaving up a notch but this would be such a boon to my skills. Oh please pick me. Thanks for offering this. You are a Peach Pearl.

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  38. I,d be wired to get this. Marija

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  39. I've been wanting to take a wire weaving class at craftsy. This would be wonderful! reecyspieces@scrtc.com

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  40. Oh, how I would love to be able to do wire wrapping like this. This is so artistic and professional and the video sounds like a fantastic way to learn all that is needed in a down to earth way, leaving out nothing, that will help to produce an article that looks desirable.
    shw_samuel@sky.com

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  41. I love the bracelets in the pics! It would be lovely to learn how to make one.
    Laura

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  42. Hi Pearl,
    Thanks for the chance to win. I love Sarah's style of wire weaving. I have her book, so the video would be a boon.

    victoria_farrell at hotmail.com

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  43. The bracelets featured in the class are so lovely! I wasn't really interested in wire weaving until I saw this post. (I get your emails.) Thanks for opening my eyes and a chance to win the class.
    rochelleth@hvc.rr.com

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  44. Sarah's work is totally enchanting! I would be thrilled to be able to take her class. I haven't done any wire weaving, but I have wanted to try it for a while and so the timing of the class is perfect.

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  45. Wow that is incredible wire work. It always amazes me and I'd love to give it a try. I follow on bloglovin, pinned, g+ and tweeted.

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  46. I would love to be able to learn theses wire techniques. They look fabulous.

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  47. Stunning work! One day ...maybe ...I'll learn how to do it!

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  48. Chuck
    This would be great help with my wire work!
    A Mac addict at Mac com

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  49. I would love to be able to take this class. I have done some wire weaving, but Sarah Thompson's class would help me improve my technique.
    Thank you, Pearl
    1staurore@gmail.com

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  50. I would love to be able to take the class. I have done some wire weaving, but Sarah Thompson's class would help me improve my technique.
    Thank you, Pearl
    1staurore@gmail.com

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  51. Bought the course -- fantastic, worth every penny. I sat and watched the whole thing yesterday and my brain was exploding. Total game-changer, in my opinion. It's all the little tips and tricks Sarah throws in that make everything I see now make total sense. I also ordered the book and it's supposed to be here on Friday. Thanks again, Pearl, for showcasing Sarah's work.
    Barbara
    www.artefaccio.blogspot.com

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  52. Oh, yes! I so need some wire weaving tips right now and it sounds like Sarah Thompson has the answers :) I am a blog subscriber.

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  53. Also shared on Twitter https://twitter.com/RosantiaP/status/643761142070943745

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  54. Just tweeted again about this class. I'd love to learn more about wire weaving.
    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/643764344858128384

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  55. Would love to learn how to wire weave. I tried things on my own and my efforts definitely looked amateurish. The book sounds interesting as well as the outline of the lessons on line sounds awesome.

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  56. Shared on Facebook, too https://www.facebook.com/rozantia.petkova/posts/720555631408788

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  57. Would love to take this class.
    diannamooses@yahoo.com

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  58. What a fantastic and exciting prize to win, I love working with wire and would love to learn some new techniques and styles. Good luck everyone
    , excited now x

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  59. Love Craftsy Classes and the work Sarah Thompson does.
    www.facebook.com/selmasjewelry
    wdsinc@roadrunner.com

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  60. gorgeous!!! these techniques would up my wire game for sure!!! https://www.facebook.com/sheila.gillespie1

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  61. Sarah is one of my favorite artist in wire wrapping. And those bracelets are beautiful.
    rusticka@hotmail.com

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  62. I simply adore wire weaving jewelry. I always wanted to see and learn how to craft it, and I only try a few things on my own. . .
    anyway, I shared this giweaway on my twiter

    https://twitter.com/Ljuta_Bubasvaba/status/643878425476796417

    - My Google+: https://plus.google.com/+dvoglava0azdaha/posts/K4xsGuUsphb

    - My FB - https://www.facebook.com/abnobaia

    - My Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/kabinet_cudesa/the-inspiration/

    Best regards!

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  63. I would love to learn a correct way of doing weaves like yours. People seem to like mine but to me they come out looking messy.
    Thanks
    Krista_cobb@hotmail.com

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  64. Such an Amazing Artist
    Robin

    Powellrj05@yahoo.com

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  65. Would love to do the class! Sara's book is one of my faves already. cseverin@earthlink.net

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  66. What a gift! saundra08@gmail.com or shashabedes@gmail.com

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  67. Got your book in the mail "fine art wire weaving" and I am hooked!

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  68. That just looks like so much fun! I love her style!

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  69. I have been making jewelry for many years now, and have used wire jigs to make complicated links for various jewelry parts. I've seen a number of woven pieces online, but your art is truly beautiful, and I would love to learn more.

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  70. This is beautiful work. I am always learning more to improve my skills.
    astell22@live.com

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  71. Would so love to win this! Have Sarah's book & have already put some of her brilliant tips into practice. Have also subscribed to your emails too. Good luck to everyone but especially me ;-) x

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  72. I would love to win this. As a relative newbie to weaving, this would be such a help.

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  73. Pick me! Pick me !!! I live close to Spokane too !!

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  74. I just love her work and would like to take my wire wrapping to the next level with Sarah's class. Her work is spectacular!

    ddzdesigns@gmail.com

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  75. Rose St. Clair stclairr@aol.comSeptember 15, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    wow, what super work! I'd love to win that class!
    (stclairr@aol.com)

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  76. a chance to win is just amazing and even more awesome would be to win .. thank you for this opportunity

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  77. Since I am new to all this I know this class would be a major benefit to me. Hoping I win. Good luck to all. My email is jdbabygirl57@yahoo.com

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  78. What an awesome class! I would love to win it! Thank you so much for the give-away! Good luck everyone!

    gypsy-angel@hotmail.com

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  79. What a wonderful opportunity to learn & make such interesting works of art! Thanks for the contest & count me in! Good LUCK everybody!!

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  80. I absolutely love these bracelets I am a newby to wire weave and have learned alot from Nicole Hanah these would add to my learning would love love love to win this perryvisalia@netero.net

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  81. I have Sarah's book and it is fabulous. Love to win the video class too!

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  82. Just received her new book. Love her work. This would be awesome to win. Terry
    winddancer@zumatel.net

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  83. Beautiful work!

    kreagora@gmail.com

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  84. I would love to win this! Just got recently her book on Kindle and enjoying it immensely. Her bracelet course must be equally amazing! Do count me in for the contest please!

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  85. I love Sarah's work, and appreciate this chance to win a class! cazeskathy57@gmail.com

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  86. Sarah, I admire your skill!
    I share your proposal with joy.

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  87. I love your work for a long time now, hope to win and learn from you again. :)
    farkasbarack@gmail.com

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  88. I just bought Sarah's book and just love her designs. Would be thrilled to win this!
    wirestruck@gmail.com
    http://wirestruck.wix.com/jewelry

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  89. joanimullen@comcast.netSeptember 16, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    I could use this set of classes to jump start a learning curve!

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  90. I love those Bracelets,im a beginner and had surgery on both hands 8 month ago,making one of those bracelets would really challenge me on strength and fine motor skills.and the beauty of the design,it just flows!

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  91. I'm new to wire weaving and would love this class to get me started on something I so want to perfect. I think that's what I need to get all the kinks out!! LadySparo65@gmail.com

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  92. Sarah's work is extraordinary; would love the chance to win her class. I'm also subscribing to your blog right now as I love what I've read so far. Also tweeted! Thank you!

    http://stonewingdesigns.com
    laurelhanson@comcast.net

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  93. I would love to take your class, win your class? Even more fun! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  94. What a wonderful opportunity! I'd love to win. I just got the Fine Art Wire Weaving book but haven't made anything from it yet.

    Amy ~ Amy@maidenandcrone.com

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  95. Would absolutely be thrilled to win this. Love all the great designs. grinchswoman@ hotmail.com

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  96. Great opportunity. Thanks for offering this!
    diannamooses@yahoo.com

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  97. What an immense opportunity! I have tried my hand at simple wire work before, but could never get the hang of it.
    I met Sarah years ago, while attending an art show. Her wire work was extraordinary back then, and it has been wonderfully inspiring to watch her evolve into one of the worlds BEST!

    Andrea E.
    stmhd247@gmail.com

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  98. Sarah's work is exquisite, so fine and detailed, and so well done! I would love to win her class!!!
    Lynn Kordus (Lmkordus@gmail.com)

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  99. I have Sarah's book and it is GORGEOUS! Have been a fan of her work for some time now and aspire to eventually being a similar caliber of wiresmith.

    I will follow your blog as soon as I hit publish on this post:-)

    Found out about this from the facebook group "Wire wrap tips & Tutorial"

    michellejewelry.blogspot.ca
    michellejewelry.yolasite.com
    facebook.com/michellecareyjewelry

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  100. This is a great opportunity. I've seen Sarah's work at Rings and Things in Spokane and was immediately drawn to her jewelry. I just got her book and have been dreaming of things I'd like to make ever since.

    JudyD
    gardenmom360@gmail.com

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  101. What beautiful work! I would love to win an opportunity to learn from this master.

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  102. OMG!! I would love to get this class. I purchased Sarah's Fine Wire Weaving book a month ago and I absolutely love it. I highly recommend it.

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  103. Wow of all the things I have tried to win this has to be the one.. I have played with wire wrapping .. but this is beyond belief.. Sure hope I win this one.. I am headed over to the site to see about the online classes.'
    Carol H.
    carolhettenbach@msn.com

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  104. I must be mentally challenged as I can't seem to figure out how to take this wonderful informative class.

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    1. Just click on the class link in the post above. You will be taken to the Craftsy site where you can then register to join. Classes are not free unless you win the giveaway! Good luck!

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  105. love her work!! Thanks for the chance!!
    Ann
    anninusa@mail.com

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  106. Received your book recently. Fabulous designs

    Bhardman@yadtel.net

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  107. I am a recent follower on Facebook and I adore your designs! I can't wait to study them over and I would be in heaven if I won this contest. I have a fledgling business and my most recent focus is on wire wrapping. But I still have so much to learn. Thank you for this opportunity!

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  108. I really need this book to boost my beginning wire work skills. Thank you.

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  109. My contact information is kathy@beadify.com Again I really want this class!!

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  110. Love her stuff. Been admiring it for years. I'd love to take this class.

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  111. Her work is wonderful - I hope I'm not too late to go into the draw!
    (I subscribe via Bloglovin).
    icbnett(at)gmail(dot)com

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  112. This on line class looks great. Would love to up my skills and add a wonderful component to my pieces.

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  113. Incredible work.Love to win it among115+commentors.

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  114. I have admired your work since the first time I cam across it. Would love to own a piece of your work zoomzoomred at gmail dot com

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  115. I just found out about you and your amazing work. I would love to have the opportunity to learn from you. Wire work is something I only have tried a few times and enjoy every time. I would love to win the lessons. I'm currently in hospital for 2nd time this month. Wire is something I have been able to do while getting stronger.
    Miriam Flaer Mir864@gmail.com thank you

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  116. Hi Pearl, this book looks fantastic, she definately is one of the finest wire craftswomen in the country and learning off her would be wonderful - Im at www.beadbugs.co.nz - bring the book down under - hehe

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  117. Absolutely gorgeous work, would seriously love to learn how to do this. Would really like to win the lessons, what a brilliantly talented wire working craftsman she is.Learning from her would be a wonderful experience

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  118. Forgot to give you my contact information. Cori forgot to give you my contact information. gcromanoff123@gmail.com.

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