Free Wire Classes

For all free wire events - Purchase of the Kit  guarantees you a place in the class.  We seat up to 16 students and have "sell out" crowds.  Call 880-8695 or come by Poppyfield to purchase your kit.

Wrap Around My Heart Necklace
Saturday, Feb 9th, 10-noon
Wrap Around My Heart Necklace

Learn to make a free-form heart using heavy gauge wire then embellish it with fine gauge wire wrapping and Swarovski crystals.  Fresh water pearls dangle from hand-made eye pins with wrapped loops.  The kit ($19.50) contains 18" of vintage style sturdy chain, 3 gauges of wire, Swarovski crystals, fresh water pearls, and jump rings.  This is an all levels class.  Class is limited to 10 people. Purchase of the kit reserves your seat.  

Christmas Delight Charm Bracelet
Saturday, Dec 15th, 10-noon

Christmas Delight Charm Bracelet

This charm bracelet is chock full of Christmas treats.  All kits include the following: the 3 glass charms seen here: snowman, tree, and santa head, silver plated wreath toggle clasp, pewter santa head with a curling beard to decorate with beads, one silver plated hand enameled reindeer charm or other of equal value (if we sell out), one silver plated Xmas charm (gingerbread or other), 6 crystal bicones (6mm), 4 Czech leaves, a combination of 4 and 6 mm Czech fire polish (13), 27" of red enameled wire, 2 types of jump rings, 9" of beautiful rope textured plated chain.  We will be focusing on the wrapped loop and charm bracelet techniques.  The kit is $45 and includes a $5 gift certificate.  I know this is more expensive than my other free class kits, but the components are more expensive.  If you were to buy all items a la carte it would cost more than I am charging, plus you get the $5 gift card.  It really is an awesome bracelet and we will have a blast.  

The basic toolkit is all you need: Nylon jaws, chain nose, round nose pliers, and flush cutters.  Bring adequate magnification if you need (ie a good pair of readers).  

Saturday, Dec 1st, 10 -noon - Holiday Lights Earrings

The metal components kit is available for $12 (which includes a $5 gift certificate good for any item at Poppyfield). Kit is for the components seen here: sprockets, chain, jump rings, ear wires and 24 ga brass wire. Beads are NOT included in the kit.  There are plenty of top drilled beads available for sale - including the ones pictured here (or bring your own from home).  You pick the color way - or get some color advice if you need.  Those creative folk who want a completely different look can bring or purchase different components a la carte. I've got lots to chose from.  Technique will focus on wrapped loops for top drilled beads. We will also discuss how to get a nice graduated dangle using chain, and how to work with chain and jump rings.  Knowledge of wrapped loops is helpful.  But all levels are welcome. Newbies too.  

Tools needed are the basic wire tool kit: Pliers: nylon jaw, round nose, and chain (flat) nose.  Flush cutters are also required. 
Call the shop (880-8695) to purchase your kit and guarantee your spot in the class.  Store will open at 9:30 for class attendees only.  
We will open to the public at noon.  

Saturday, Nov 17th, 10 -noon - A Little Romance Earrings

Amythest / Sapphire

Siam / Pink

Teal / Tanzanite  

Kits in the above color ways are available for $12. They include everything you need to make the earrings including filigrees,chain, bicones, Czech glass beads and findings.  If you like the look of a rivoli crystal inside the filigree, I will show you how to do that.  Rivolis and extra filigrees are available for purchase separately.  
You will need your basic wire tools:  nylon jaw pliers, chain nose pliers (bring 2 pair if you have), round nose pliers, and flush cutters.   I have all tools and supplies in stock and available for purchase at this time! Seats are guaranteed to those who purchase kits in advance.  Call the store (880-2683) or come by.  Kits will be available on Saturday, but colors will be what's available.  It is possible to buy all supplies a la carte or bring your own supplies.  So do come, even if it is a last minute decision. 

Albuquerque Wire Twisters - Meet up group forming
Tuesdays, 1-3 PM -  This informal, friendly, and fun group is forming for those interested in wirework... it is free and for all levels.  Meets at Studio Poppy.  No obligations.  Just come, twist, share, enjoy.  First meet-up Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Thurs, March 22nd 1:00 -  Return of the Open Heart Earrings

Supplies:  2 Swarovski Rivolis 12 mm, 4 filigree squares, 18" of 24 g wire, 6 " of chain, 2 - 6 mm bicones and 4 - 4mm bicones, 8 antiqued copper jump rings and 2  earring wires .  The kit (for purchase) will include the filigrees, jump rings, and chain.  You provide the wire, bicones and rivolis in the color way of your choice.  Tools required are nylon jaw pliers, chain nose pliers (bring 2 pair if you have), round nose pliers, and flush cutters.   I have all tools and supplies in stock and available for purchase! 

Feb 14, 2012 at 1:00 - Open Heart Earrings

Supplies: I will provide a kit that includes 2 Swarovski Rivolis (12mm in light siam), 4  filigree squares, 18" of 22 g red wire, 6 " of rollo chain, 2 - 6 mm bicones and 4 - 4mm bicones in light siam, 8 antiqued copper jump rings and 2 gold filled earring wires for $19.95.  You can buy the kit, bring your own components, or buy everything a la carte (if you prefer different colors for example).  Tools required are nylon jaw pliers, chain nose pliers (bring 2 pair if you have), round nose pliers, and flush cutters.   I have all tools in stock and available for purchase! 

I offer a free wire class every Tuesday at 1:00 at Studio Poppy.  Drop Everything and Twist is designed to be a casual free hour of instruction.  I come up with a project over the weekend and then generally post about it on Sunday or Monday on this blog.  There will be a pic with a supply list.  There are no written instructions - I make the project with the group as I teach it.  It is very informal, and that is how I am able to offer classes so often without charging.  There is no registration - you can just show up.  Bring your own tools.  I cannot lend or rent tools.  I sell tools and if you need, please call the store to make sure I have what you need in stock.   

Free Wire FAQ's
Can you lend me tools so I can decide if I like wire working before I invest in tools?
Sorry, but that just isn't possible.  Most of my classes use the most minimal wire working tools -

What tools should I plan to have?
In general, every project uses round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, flush cutters, and nylon jaw pliers.  Sometimes we use a chasing hammer and bench block for hardening and forging 

Do you do soldering?
No, all my classes are cold connections.  

Can I buy the instructions if I can't make it to class?
I am sorry, but at this time there are NO written instructions.  If this changes, I will post about it on this website. 

I can't make it on Tuesdays in the middle of the day.  Is there another time you will do this?
I will offer the most popular classes on an occasional Monday evening.  I will announce these special Monday Night Drop Everything and Twist classes about a week or 2 in stay tuned.  

Examples of Drop Everything and Twist Classes

Angel With a Story 

Birthday Butterfly 

Hoop La La Earrings 

Firecracker Ring