Monday, January 19, 2015

Melody MacDuffee's Twisted Wire Jewelry Workshop Video Giveaway

By on Monday, January 19, 2015 40 Comments

Melody MacDuffee is a wire jewelry artist who does beautiful filigree like designs with twisted wire. I wrote about her designs and her work with Soul Somanya last week.  Her distinctive style of jewelry making was also the subject of her first book, Lacy Wire Jewelry, which I reviewed a few years ago.

Melody has kindly offered to give away her twisted wire jewelry workshop online class to one lucky winner.  I have reviewed it and was suitably impressed by not just the instructional quality but the range of tutorials included in this workshop. The tutorials average about 30 minutes each - the total run time from beginning to end is more than 220 minutes. You can watch any portion as many times as you want.

You learn how to make 7 stunning designs as shown below. It is as close to attending a class as possible - a good thing if you cannot get to classes.  Insomniacs can watch it at 2 am in the morning should they wish to!

You don't really need much in the way of tools - just basic tools like pliers.  Melody forms shapes with just her hands so I recommend looking for some appropriate mandrels around the house if you have trouble forming them.

Lesson 1 is the  twisted wire earrings project which also covers the basics of her technique.

Lesson 2 is the branching out necklace which expands on the basic principles.

Melody teaches how to add the twisted filigrees into wire frames for Lesson 3.

As you can see the tutorials increase with complexity as the workshop progresses. Lesson 4 is the filigree cuff. It does need some tweaking to get the twisted wires into position.

Lesson 5 is the free form brooch project.

Lesson 6 is for a statement bezel ring with an open design.  Melody does not show it but this can easily be made into a pendant or even earrings as the ring design is quite large.

And finally, Lesson 7 is for a bezel floral pendant where the twisted wire is used to decorate the front of a plain cabochon.

The video workshop is well structured with a contents sidebar enabling the student to hop to different sections within a tutorial. It is not immediately obvious how, but in order to stop the video, one just has to click anywhere on the video.  Or if you hover the cursor over the video, you will see the bar with the stop and start button. What I really like is the option to watch the video at different speeds and to implement a 30 second repeat of a step with just a click.

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.

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,  January 26, 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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  1. What a grand give-away! Beautiful techniques. Lovely jewelry.
    Jeannine Bakriges

  2. Hoping to win! It would make a great birthday gift for me! :) Thanks for this and the whole site. I share from it often!

  3. Would love to win this tutorial. The projects are wonderful!

  4. Wow! Melody's work is beautiful & I'd love to learn from her. It's fun to learn new techniques, especially when I don't have to go out & buy a whole lot of new tools -- I can use what I already have. Craftsy has loads of super tutorial videos & they have high standards, so I'm sure I'd find this a great additional to my Craftsy library.

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  6. How exciting! Please enter me in the Twisted Wire Jewelry Workshop Video Giveaway. I would certainly love to win this! I so enjoy this site and all the great instructional information, as well as the inspiration!

  7. The designs are gorgeous, I'd certainly love to win the tutorials to learn how to do them best!!

  8. Once again I would really really like to win this Twisted Wire Jewelry workshop Video giveaway. I need all the help I can get with wirework! I am a blog subscriber. Louise

  9. Oh my, what beautiful work. I love the bezels! Thank you for another wonderful introduction and giveaway.

  10. I love working with wire and would love to learn a new spin on this medium of making jewelry. The workshop looks like fun.

  11. this would be a wonderful way to learn a new wire technique. Please add my name to the give-away. .

  12. Really lovely work, I would love to learn how to do this skill. Sure Hope I Win!!!

  13. Really nice, would love to win this give-away.

  14. Getting twisted wire to work the way one wants it to is always a challenge!

    Melody to the rescue! Hurrah!!

    Throw my name in there Pearl! I'm always for giving it a know that - (even if I'm dense at times....)


  15. Beautiful work, thank you for offering another great learnijg tool prize.

  16. This would be awesome to win. Love working with twisting wire.
    Marlene Strait

  17. Greta Marullo gdmar@comcast.netJanuary 19, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    I love that pendant design. I have been wanting to learn this technique so this would be perfect for me. I am a blog subscriber.

  18. Thanks for the chance to win this class! Her ideas look so fresh and interesting.

  19. Such lovely jewelry from a lovely artist! Mel has a beautiful heart, and it shows in her work and this offer. I hope I win.

  20. I would love to learn how to create such beautiful pieces as I am a novice.

  21. Hoping to win this lesson. Great design.The bezel look gorgeous, like to learn those wire tecniques.
    I'm a suscriber.
    thank you.

  22. Please enter my name in Melody's Video giveaway. Yesterday I really enjoyed the information on African Powder Beads that was shared by Melody.

  23. I love giveaways. You all are so kind, and what a lovely giveaway this is. I would love to know how to make these dainties. Hope I win.

  24. Wow beautiful wirework, so pretty and delicate. Thank you for the giveaway!

  25. What exquisite pieces of jewelry!! I would love to view the video to make these. Thanks for the chance to win.

  26. I am a blog subscriber. Would love to win a chance to view the video.

  27. I would so love to win this awesome tutorial.
    I learn so much from this site.


  28. Would love this tutorial. I like her style.
    arienna_elf at hotmail dot com

  29. I'd love to be able to make these pieces.

    Lori Molowitz

  30. I love Melody's designs and I love Craftsy. Would love to win this!

  31. What an awesome give-away! I would love to win...right along with everybody else, lol...I have her book, and I love it; highly recommend it to others. Her work with Soul Somanya is inspiring...a great artist!

    Laura Dickey

  32. Thanks for the chance to win Pearl :)

    victoria_farrell at

  33. I would love to learn how to do that! It's something I think I'd enjoy :)

  34. I would love to win this tutorial. Designs are great and so is this giveaway!
    Here is my email:

  35. I like the look of this style of jewelry making and would love to be able to learn and customize.

  36. wow these tutorials would certainly get me started the jewellery is beautiful and I would love to be able to recreate these with Melody's help

  37. I would so love to win this. Thank you for offering it, Natalie!

  38. this is fabulous, i hope i can win

  39. Wow! Melody's designs are beautiful, & this class would teach me the techniques to make fab projects. Craftsy classes are super, so I know I would love this class.

    Pearl, I have learned so much from your blog & your Facebook page; thanks for everything you do for us.