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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