Monday, October 12, 2015

Kathy Frey's Dimensional Wire Wrapping Techniques Class Review and Giveaway

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Wire is often termed as a sculptural medium.  It's not hard to see why with Kathy Frey's Dimensional Wire Wrapping Techniques Class over on Craftsy.  This wire artist teaches how to use wire to form 3D structures which add considerable body to bold, modern designs.


Based in California,  Kathy has 18 solid years of experience with wire artistry. Her class is divided into 7 lessons with a total run time of 2.21 hours.  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 Kathy any question.

The entire class starts with the basics and gradually gets more complex. The relaxed wire wrapping style is easy unlike the more complicated intricate wire weaving technique. The foundation of her class is how to create strong frames. Yup, no soldering required!

Lesson 1's introduction covers why Kathy chooses certain wire gauges and temper for these sorts of design.  She covers hammering techniques for work hardening frame wire for crisp bends. She also shows how to start and finish wire wrapping.  The design for Lesson 1 is a one dimensional piece.



Lesson 2 prepares students for working with curves as she teaches how to add bends to 2 totally different  earrings designs. She shares many tips on shaping and how to compensate for outside curves (second pair of earrings) so the wrapping still looks even.  She also demonstrates how to add wire neatly.  It is not easy to use more than 2-3 feet of wire so this latter instruction is vital. One invaluable tip is how she curves even the wire wrapping itself so the design looks "puffy".



Lesson 3 ramps up the dimensional aspect as Kathy teaches how to create half pods and embellish with pearls.  She also shows how 2 pods can be joined together for larger designs.


Lesson 4 is all about completely enclosed pods and pyramids.  This more advanced lesson shows how to create more complex frames.


Her inspirational piece showing a fantastic collection of her pyramidal structures in a single design is awe -inspiring!



Lesson 5  is arguably the hardest lesson.  Making double frames for this wonderful pendant is challenging.  Kathy teaches how to stabilize the frame ready for wire wrapping.


Lesson 6  is one on how to wire a brick shape to enclose loose stones inside. Kathy shows how these components can be used singly or linked together for larger pieces. This is a dynamic design because the stones do move about inside.


Lesson 7 shows what fun patination can be.   Kathy works mostly with sterling silver and gold (which doesn't patina) so she takes advantage of the difference.  Her ombre technique with liver of sulfur gel is pretty nifty!  Sterling silver does tarnish so she shows how to clean and polish the materials. She also covers the issue of having pearls in designs and how she gets around the problem of the delicate pearls.


Kathy is an excellent instructor. The class is suitable even for beginners because of her clarity and care in explaining the process.  Students will not be intimidated at all with the prospect of sculpting with wire. Anyone who loves wire and contemporary styles will adore her organic approach to designing. Highly recommended.

Kathy is also the author of Elegant Wire Jewelry.



Giveaway
If you would like to win Kathy Frey's class Dimensional Wire Wrapping Techniques 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, October 19, 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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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 also an Amazon affiliate link.

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69 comments:

  1. What great wire work this is here! Love the forms... Would like to be able to learn more about this skill, am a blog follower and subscriber too...

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  2. Would love to add another Craftsy tut. to my collection.

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  3. This sounds like an awesome series of classes. As a beginner in wire wrapping the classes embrace many techniques needed.

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  4. Thank you for this helpful review Pearl! This lesson is on my list already, I would love to win it and get started!

    Following you on facebook and instagram. :)

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  5. I am a wire wrapping beginner and would love to learn more. Thanks,

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  6. Beautiful.
    Virginiabroersma@gmail.com

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  7. this looks amazing.....thanks for the opportunity

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  8. i follow via facebook and pinterest

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  9. This is one class I would love to win. I have done some wire weaving on my own. Fingers crossed.

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  10. The Dimensional Wire Wrapping looks FASCINATING!
    th_bookfiend@yahoo.com

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  11. Thank you, I would love to learn more about wire-wrapping !

    voltzia@gmail.com

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  12. Kathy brings class to this art! So many times we see wire wrapping that looks, well, like dollar store finds. Kathy's are worthy of a artisan shop! Truly elegant, gorgeous and eye-catching. I would love to learn some of her techniques!!
    I am a blog subscriber and I added some pix linking to this blog on my Pinterest pages!

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  13. I would love to win this class!!!!! I have been mainly self-taught, but this would be like an actual workshop. Very exciting! Thanks for sharing!!

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  14. I SO want to win, her work is awesome. Thank you! Mitziec@verizon.net

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  15. Yes, yes, yes. This is a technique that would help me A LOT! As stated, this is a more relaxed approach and my hands need help! Thank you for this opportunity and I hope I am the recipient of this giveaway! catatacnelson@yahoo.com or catnjeff.nelson@gmail.com

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  16. I love Crafsy classes! Thus class looks like a lot of fun and great projects!

    Dsackuvich@gmail.com

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  17. This is just what I have wanted to learn! Dimensional wire and I love the designs. I pinned the giveaway
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/365987907197363342/
    I am a blog subscriber and FB follower.
    zanc@att.net

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  18. I'd love to try this!

    robininseoul@gmail.com

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  19. Great timing Pearl. I was just looking at Kathy's class this AM.

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  20. Tamara... mshugana@gmail.comOctober 12, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    I love wire and have been wanting to try 3 dimensional wrapping. Thsee lessons are so exciting.

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  21. I've always admired wire wrapping. I think the effort it takes to make such a design are shown immediately and greatly appreciated. Creating 'forms' is such a wonderful addition to it all.

    Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving my friend!

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  22. Love to win this one! These are all beautiful pieces!

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  23. I'd love to win this. I've tried this type of wire wrapping and let's just say I could use the lessons.

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  24. these are very interesting- would really love to polish up my wirewrapping to include weaving especially with 3D forms as it looks stunning when it is done as well as that is

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  25. Love your giveaways! would love to win this class!
    Donna J
    datmine2009@hotmail.com

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  26. Beautiful work. Thank you for the opportunity to win the class.

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  27. Would love to win this class. I love wire.

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  28. I would love to win a wire wrapping class

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  29. would love t try this
    jrgkuhn@gmail.com

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  30. That looks like a lot of fun. I would love to add that to my skills.
    Swillert@new.rr.com

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  31. These images are of beautiful wirework. I've done a little but always wondered how to handle projects with large amounts of wire - how does it not get kinked? This class would be great!

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  32. I love tutorials!! Dimensional wire wrapping is very messy and dainty at the same time, I would love to win this!!

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  33. Hi Pearl,
    I would love to win this class as I am always doing creations like this at home - thanks heaps - Jill Norman - beadbugs@ihug.co.nz

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  34. What beautiful and creative work, I love it! Thank you for sharing it, and giving the lucky winner a chance to learn it. I love reading and enjoying each and every Beading Gem email! Very inspirational.

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  35. I've never done a Craftsy class, this looks like a good one, thanks for the chance.

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  36. Looks like a good class. I've always wanted to do a craftsy class.
    alikat2004 on ravelry.com

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  37. I would love to learn more about wire wrapping!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  38. Hi Pearl,

    Thanks for the chance to win - I have admired 3D wire work for a long time but have never really mastered it.

    Cheers

    victoria_farrell at hotmail.com

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  39. Her work is awesome. This looks great.

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  40. Just about your post and giveaway.
    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/653711159237873664

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  41. I've seen and "Pinned" some pics of this wire work, but never was familiar with the artist. Would enjoy learning how to make pods in particular! Thanks. grabber.suzanne@gmail.com

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  42. Looks great!!! I am a blog follower and hared

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  43. I would love to win this.I so enjoy wire working. I am a blog subscriber. My email is jdbabygirl57@yahoo.com

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  44. I have admired Kathy Frey's art for quite a while and would love the opportunity to win her Craftsy class.

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  45. Oh, I so loved her first book - thank you for the opportunity :)

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  46. Hi Pearl first off thank you for such a wonderful blog you share with us. Of all my blogs I follow yours is my favorite. Always something new, fresh and fun. Your giveaways are a real plus. Haven't won anything yet but this one has got to be one of my favs. I just love Kathy Frey's technique. Thanks again for your blog! Tina LadySparo65@gmail.com

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  47. Took me some time to scroll down to the comment box :) What a fantastic opportunity! I am a blog follower.

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  48. Craftsy has some good classes.

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  49. I would like to upgrade my wire wrap skill. I am a blog follower and tweeted it.

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  50. I've been a fan of Kathy's work for a long time - I'd love to take her class!

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  51. I would love to learn this creative medium.

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  52. I am terrified of wire weaving, but would like to learn to do it well someday. This seems like a good opportunity to start

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  53. Chuck
    This looks like the way to get started!
    A Mac addict at Mac dot com

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  54. WOW this looks like an amazing class. Kathy's work is just beautiful. I am just starting to get into wire working and this would be amazing to have. Thanks for the review of the class and a chance to win! (kateyhbf@gmail.com)

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  55. These creations are just what I need to get me out of my wire wrapping "slump". I am inspired! would love to learn the techniques! Thanks for posting

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  56. wow.... Looks like an amazing book... I always wanted to learn wire weaving.. I am a blog subscriber too

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  57. Superb. Shared on facebook - vesselka dimitrova

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  58. Beautiful work, can't wait to get started! I am a blog follower and also shared on Facebook! cilliwon@aol.com

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  59. Just want to say how it warms my heart to read all these enthusiastic comments! I wish you could all win! I hope to see many of you over on Craftsy in class -- I'm here to help you be successful and enjoy wire wrapping <3

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  60. Kathy's work is amazing--I would love to give her her dimensional wrapping technique a try! laura@feltinspired.com

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  61. I've been looking all over for some tutorial of her work. Love the structural aspect of her designs. would love to learn that technique especially the double frame. Now that one I crave for.

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  62. My gosh! Two giveaways I really want. Thanks for reminding me of Craftsy for videos.
    Terri: missile102@gmail.com

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  63. Another way with wire! And a nice giveaway. rocknutzaz@yahoo.com

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  64. This class is in my wish list over at Craftsy. I'd sure like to win it. Thanks for the chance to.

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