29-23.14 Universal Frame

Class Date::
Saturday, April 29, 2023, 9 - 4pm (CST)

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023, 9 - 4pm (CST) 1 hour lunch break

Instructor: Dale Cougar Armstrong

Skill Level: Intermediate

Class Description: Students will learn to formulate this pattern to be able to frame almost any item into a pendant, such as a coin, irregular cabochon, small druzy plate, a piece of china or pottery, etc. Techniques taught include how to choose the necessary gauges, tempers, and lengths of wire for an item you want to frame; different styles of embellishment; bail techniques, what to do with all of those wires at the end, and more. (This is a great class for the lapidary who would like to set their own stones using cold connections.) If you are unaccustomed with working with square half-hard wire, please watch the VEC Short, “Square Wire Jewelry Basics”.

Project Completion: students will have enough time to finish project during live class. 

Materials Kit:.925 sterling silver wire, one designer cabochon, and a variety of accent beads (Your instructor will contact you with cabochon choices.)

Tool Kit: Cougar’s Choice Brand Thumb-operated pin vise (with cushioned handle).

Domestic US shipping included. (Please contact instructor directly to arrange for international or expedited shipping.)

(Materials kit is included in price when "Zoom/Kit combo" or "Kit only" option is selected.)

Required Tools:  

  • Ultra-fine black marking pen
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Side cutters
  • Sm/med double-barrel bail pliers or 3/6 step looper pliers
  • 12" plastic ruler
  • Thin blue painters tape
  • ¼-inch quilter’s tape or facsimile
  • Power wire twister (cordless drill or screwdriver that has a collet small enough to hold 22 gauge wire)
  • Thumb-operated pin vise
  • Polishing cloth or old t-shirt

*Note: Kit only and extra kit options do not include instructions or recording. You must choose either a Zoom or Zoom/Kit combo to receive written instructions. Kits will begin to ship April 11, 2023, unless otherwise arranged with instructor.

Zoom Recordings will be available for viewing until May 10, 2023. Additional time may be purchased ($12) by selecting the "Extend viewing time" option above.