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Wire Knotting Techniques

Session One - The Prolong Knot Bracelet

Course description:

A hands-on one-day workshop, to introduce the student to the principles of tying complex two-dimensional knots in precious wire, specifically addressing the Prolong Knot, or Ocean Plat, made into a bracelet. There will be examples and discussion of the use of this knot in several other applications, with demonstrations as time permits. Classes normally run from 9AM to 3PM. May be taken alone, or with the accompanying Turk's-head ring workshop.

Materials:

Participants are provided with a fixture, fine silver wire, and some tools. Some familiarity with wirework and jewelry making is useful, but not essential. It is also helpful, and equally unnecessary, to have some experience with tying knots in other media.

Goals:

By the end of the session, it is anticipated that every participant will have completed a silver bracelet. The workshop will not address the soldering or polishing of the finished piece, but if facilities are present, these can be handled on an ad hoc basis.

Date and Location:

See the schedule.

Class size:

Limited to nine students.

Cost:

$150.00 -- Credit card, PayPal, or check. Includes one fixture, several feet of fine silver wire, and assorted tooling. Additional materials may be available.

Session Two - The Turk's-head Ring

Course description:

This workshop builds on the skills introduced in the first session, but in three dimensions, specifically addressing the Turk's-head Knot, made into a ring. There will be examples and discussion of the use of this knot in several other applications, with demonstrations as time permits. Ring sizing is discussed and a ring-making fixture capable of producing multiple sizes is provided. Each student is expected to complete at least one ring, with two passes. (The pictured ring is tripled.)
Silver ring workshop example.

Materials:

Participants are provided with a fixture, fine silver wire, and some tools. Some familiarity with wirework and jewelry making is useful, but not essential. It is also helpful, and equally unnecessary, to have some experience with tying knots in other media.

Goals:

By the end of the session, it is anticipated that every participant will have completed a silver ring. The workshop will not address the soldering or polishing of the finished piece, but if facilities are present, these can be handled on an ad hoc basis.

Date and Location:

See the schedule.

Class size:

Limited to nine students.

Cost:

$185.00 -- Credit card, PayPal, or check. Includes one fixture, several feet of fine silver wire, and assorted tooling. Additional materials may be available.

"Advanced" workshops.

Possible variations on the two- and three-dimensional knots, linking knots together to form larger pieces, Turk's-head rings used as bezels; special request projects suggested by the students should be noted in advance, to make sure I have the appropriate materials available.

"Turbo" workshops.

With groups of five students or fewer, it is possible to complete both basic workshops in a single day. We would start a bit earlier, and perhaps work a bit later, with a break for lunch.

Costs:

Two workshop, back to back, bracelets and rings -- $300.00 prepaid, $335 at the door -- Credit card, PayPal, or check. Tools and materials are covered by this fee. Payments to me in advance merit a free DVD set, which is otherwise available at a discount for attending students.
For the ring workshop alone, the cost is $185. I recommend taking both, since some techniques taught in the first workshop must be duplicated for those taking the ring workshop alone.
Advanced workshops start at $120, depending on material and tool requirements.
For workshops sponsored and organized by non-profits and other organizations, prices may vary in accordance with their requirements for membership, overhead, etc. I will pass your contact information along to them, and allow them to handle the attendance list, payment records, and so on.

Registration:

Contact me, Loren Damewood:
Email : lorenzo@golden-knots.com
Telephone : 727-347-0593
Surface mail : P.O.Box 48543, St. Petersburg, FL

You may also use the sign-up form to put your name on the list for a specific workshop date and location.

(This site last updated on 12-11-2017)

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