Monday, September 5, 2016

Aga Kruk's Wire Wrapping Stones, Crystals and Clusters Class | Craftsy Class Giveaway

By on Monday, September 05, 2016 16 Comments

It is no surprise wire work and wire wrapping in particular is such a popular technique. The use of metal is always a plus as the material is durable and strong. But best of all, it is a cold connection method which allows you to connect components with just inexpensive tools. No soldering or torch work needed!  Team it with lovely gemstone crystals as shown in this Craftsy class and you will have luxurious designs.

I received Polish designer's Aga Kruk : Wire Wrapped Stones, Crystals and Clusters Craftsy Class  for review.  It certainly meets the needs of those who love wire work AND gemstones and crystals. The designer clearly loves gemstone crystals and has a great eye for picking just the right kinds for her projects. The variations she shows at the end of each lesson are worth the view.

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 Aga any questions.

At nearly 5.5 hours, this is one of the longer Craftsy classes. However, the steps are all carefully covered so beginners will not be lost.

Lesson 1
This is the introduction where the designer covers the wire types, tools, mandrels, stones and crystals she uses for the class. The tools are all worth putting down on a must have list if you do not own them.  The good news is these are not expensive tools!

Lesson 2
This covers the wire wrapping basics which is for absolute wire work beginners.  The instructor covers how to make perfect wire loops and wrapped loops. She even demonstrates how bad loops are made and how to correct some common errors.  I agree with her, always practice with craft wire before moving on to precious metal wire.  Precious metal wire is best paired with gorgeous gemstone crystals!

Just one small note when she covered the wire wrapping of briolettes, she called these side drilled beads top drilled ones which might confuse some people.  Top drilled beads and pendants have vertical holes.

Lesson 3
This class covers the making of her Bead Circle Earrings as well as the ear wires.  A simple stepped wire mandrel tool is used here.  At the end, she shows how the basic wire circle can be used for a whole bunch of lovely necklaces, bracelets and even as an eye glass holder! The wire circle is an excellent versatile design element.

Lesson 4
This class is all about how to create your own small chandelier findings out of wire to show off awesome crystals!  This lesson is where she begins to teach wire wrapping with thin gauge wire. This is one of my favorite lessons as she has a wonderful approach to creating the chandelier components. Like the previous project, the handmade finding can varied and be used as connectors for other bracelet or necklace designs.  Her inspirational examples including the ring are gorgeous!

She uses round nose pliers effectively.  You could also use bail forming pliers which are easier for consistent loops.

Lesson 5
This Cluster Hoop Earrings project starts with the making of a hammered hoop finding. This style has a wire loop catch. The style means the hoop can be left open for faster wire wrapping of the beads.  Towards the end she also shares the boiled egg method of antiquing sterling silver designs.

Some people will find larger versions these hoop earrings on the heavy side so smaller ones are better or use it to create a pendant. Again the inspirational examples given shows how versatile this design can be.

Lesson 6
This was another favorite of mine. More challenging for beginners as there is greater precision needed to create these lovely pair of twisted wire wrapped hoop earrings.  She uses a power drill but there are all kinds of other wire twisting tools out there. The twisted wire must be twisted just tightly enough to still have open spaces for the wire wrapping.

She uses a ring mandrel which is conical to create the twisted wire jump rings. Here is a better suggestion.  Dowels or even metal pipes (from the car exhaust or plumbing section of hardware stores will give even sized rings.

Her inspirational bangle design using this twisted wire technique is gorgeous as is this pendant variation :

Lesson 7
The twisted wire curves creation of this project is similar to the previous lesson. The wire curves are a simple foundation for the wire wrapped gemstone beads below.

This inspirational variation is simply stunning!

Lesson 8
This lesson is actually on how to make multi stranded necklaces. It helps beginners who are new to jewelry making. You can use some of the earlier wire component lessons for multi stranded designs.

Lesson 9
This is the bonus section on fun wire forms.

The lack of good, clear final project images in many of the lessons is a real shame as students don't get better impressions on how good these designs are. And how beautiful the gemstones are. However, this is a minor point. The class is an excellent one which I would recommend for those starting out on wire work. More seasoned wire workers could still learn from some of innovative design lessons.

If you want a chance to win a free access to Aga Kruk's class  (and ask her any question about resin clay),  please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.  The class is currently on sale too.

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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. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, September 12, 2016. 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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  1. I have only dabbled with wire so this Craftsy class would be a good resource to help me build my repertoire. If this class is as good as the other Craftsy classes I've viewed, some lucky winner is in for a treat.

    Pearl, as always, thank you for all you do for the jewelry & beading community through your blog & Facebook.

  2. These are the most beautiful pieces of wire work! I can only hope to learn to become as skilled as this artist. I'm a subscriber, blog follower and facebook fan, can be reached at :)

  3. Love her work! looks like a really good class. I am a blog subscriber, FB follower and I pinned this giveaway
    Thanks for another great giveaway Pearl!

  4. I would love to win this class. I have tried some wire wrapping with less than impressive results. This class will help immensley. Thanks

  5. No matter how many times you do something you can always learn something new.

    These are beautiful examples of just that. The twisted wire technique is gorgeous when used with gemstones. I like the added look of a thicker wire surrounding the stones as they really accentuate each other. Having a twisted wire would be easier to manipulate than 3 or more strands held together at once.

    Great ideas go a long way!

  6. What a fabulous class!! I have dabbled in some wirework, but never can get the loops to look rounded instead of squished, even though I am using a rounded set of pliers.
    I always enjoy your blog!!! Look forward to reading it when I see it in my email.

  7. I would love to win this class and am a subscriber to your blog.

  8. Thanks for the chance to win, Pearl 🙂

    victoria_farrell at as a blog subscriber and a FB follower.

  9. I would love to take this class. Thank you for sharing it with us. It looks like a great class to learn more and ingress my skills. (

  10. Another great job with your review Pearl. I think I speak for just about everyone when I say you give Great Feedback and information in your reviews. I would love to win this craftsy class as I am still having some trouble with wrapped loops and maybe I can see how I am going wrong. Interesting and new ideas would be great too.
    Facebook follower
    blog subscriber.

  11. Thanks for the chance to win this great class.
    DoinWire at gmail dot com

  12. I have been interested in taking one of the "Craftsy" classes and this particular class was on my wish list. This would be a fantastic way to be introduced to this system, see how it works and by doing something I would love to learn better techniques in.

  13. This class would be perfect for me. I used to do quite a bit wire wrapping, I even have the Wubbers bail making pliers. I stopped making jewelry a couple of years ago while I was going through chemotherapy for breast cancer I developed peripheral neuropathy in my feet & hands pretty bad. I couldn't use my tools and couldn't manipulate wire. I started back up a couple of months ago. After a year of chemo treatments I still have so ev"chemo brain" And I don't remember a lot of things I used to do with wire. I have a ton of copper wire so at least I can practice without it costing me anything. I'm even confused about how to make wrapped loops with by bail making pliers, I think I'm doing it this class would be a big help. It looks like she explains things very well. I'm so glad I ou do this blog! I really love it!

  14. Very beautiful thanks for the chance

  15. I've been eyeing this class for some time now. Thanks for the in depth review - now I want to take the class even more! Love your blog.