Kay N / Wireworking Specialist Jeweller

Areas of expertise 
  • An introduction to wire and wire weaving

  • Various weaves, their uses in jewellery and best use for your project

  • Hammering and shaping wire

  • Coiled coils and using them in your work​

About

Kay is a very experienced Wireworking specialist Jeweller whose complex designs have been featured in Making Jewellery Magazine.

Throughout her life Kay has been an enthusiast knitter, weaving wire was an inevitable leap and a passion for collecting beautiful cabochons and minerals influenced her original desire to create jewellery that could capture these natural treasures, which led her to become an accomplished specialist Jeweller. 

As Kay has continued to develop her skills and unique designs she completed a masterclass with Lonely Soldier Designs and has been fortunate to have worked with esteemed Wireworking Jewellery specialists Imnium (Ivona Psak), Iza Malczyk, Nicole Hanna, and Oksana Trukhan at Ursula Jewelry.

 

First and foremost wire weaving is about the weave, and creating a beautiful even weave is quite an obsession for Kay. After attending various silversmithing courses Kay may also on occasion incorporate soldered elements into her jewellery.

Kay continues to knit and undertakes a wide variety of other crafts including traditional Jewellery making techniques, to aid in the development and dimension of her Wireworking Jewellery and influence her design ideas. She is also a member of the prestigious Association of Contemporary Jewellers.

Kay works in her studio in Cambridgeshire, undertaking  commissions for clients, many of whom are in the USA where Wirework Jewellery is held in high esteem and sharing her those skills and techniques with others by teaching.

Location : Cambridgeshire

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THIS TUTOR'S COURSES

Course Date: Arranged to suit.

Location: Tutor's studio, Cambridgeshire

Course Fee £225  | One-to-one Tuition

1-Day Wireworking|An Introduction for Beginners

This course is designed to be an introduction to wire weaving for those that have little or no knowledge. During the course you  will be given an introduction to the basic tools and how to use them and you will be actively working with Copper wire to explore the different types of wire and their properties before being introduced to basic weaving techniques.

Course includes:

  • Joining in new weaving wires

  • Working from a spool

  • Completing your first project

  • Oxidising and simple finishing

 

Copper wire and all course  materials are included.

 

Please note the photograph is an example of what you may be able to achieve after completing this course and is not necessarily the project you will be working on.

Course Date: Arranged to suit.

Location: Tutor's studio, Cambridgeshire

Course Fee £225  | One-to-one Tuition

1-Day Wireworking | Basics with Beads 

In this course you will learn how to incorporate beads into your designs, either as a focal to your weaving or to embellish your weaves.

 

You will be encouraged to think about design ideas and how to deal with the ends of the base wires.

There will be an opportunity to explore layering your weaves to add texture and to learn different weaves using more base wires. And in addition information about oxidising and polishing options will also be discussed.

 

You will be working with copper wire and the course will include all materials and beads of your choice.

Please note: The image is an example of what you may be able to achieve after completing this course, not necessarily the project you will be working on.

Course Date: Arranged to suit

Location: Tutor's studio, Cambridgeshire

Course Fee £245 | One-to-one Tuition

1-Day Wireworking| Creating with Cabochons

Cabochons are often the focal of woven wire jewellery. In this course you will be given tuition on a simple method of incorporating a cabochon into a design. 

Some wire weaving experience is required to benefit from this course tuition.

You will be encouraged to think about cabochon orientation and bail design and tools with specialist capabilities will also be introduced.

Course includes:

  • Adding and removing base wires

  • Creating nice curves

  • Balling the ends of wire & making the backs look tidy

If you have any specific techniques you wish to cover, this course can be tailored to those specific requirements.

You will be working with copper wire and the course will include all materials, including a cabochon of your choice.

Please note: The image is an example of what can be achieved with woven wire and is not necessarily the project you will be working on.

Course date: Arranged to suit

Location: Tutor's studio, Cambridgeshire

Course Fee £225 | One-to-one tuition

1-Day Wireworking | Weaving & Hammering Methods

Some wire weaving experience is necessary for this course to be of benefit.

 

Using and hammering heavier gauge wire opens up different design opportunities.

You will learn how to hammer and shape the wire, then anneal, clean the wire and learn different ways to shape the ends of your wire, practising on test pieces.

The best types of weave to use will be discussed, as well as design considerations.

Course includes:

  • Adding and removing base wires

  • Creating nice curves

  • Balling the ends of wire

  • Making the backs look tidy

You will be working with copper wire and the course will include all materials, including beads of your choice.  If you have any specific techniques you wish to cover, this course can be tailored to those specific requirements.

- If you choose to use a cabochon in your design you pay the tutor direct for this.

Please note: the image is an example of what can be achieved with woven wire and may not be the project you will be working on.

How to Book a Course with Kay N

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If you have a date period in mind for a course, please let us know. 

We understand you need more information and we will send you a no obligation email with all course details before you make your booking.

 

Booking Information

  • To get the booking process started, please advise a couple of preferred course date options for the tutor to consider.

  • Once a course date has been agreed by all  I will email you an invoice for the course fee. Once this has been paid your course date is fixed permanently in the tutors diary and you will receive a course confirmation email which includes tutor contact details and course locations address etc.

  • Payment is required in advance by BACS Bank Transfer. (Paypal may be available to overseas students – please ask)

  • Once you have booked a cancellation fee of £75 per course day will be deducted from your refund if you cancel your course up to and including 14 days prior to the start of the course once your payment has been received.

  • Cancellations received within 14 days of the course date are not eligible for a refund, however you may rearrange your course for one other date if you wish. 

  • Should we need to cancel your course due to unforeseen tutor circumstances we will refund your course fee in full if we cannot offer a suitable alternative date or tutor.

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