Since 1995 I have been making wire jewelry. A friend spent one day with me and taught me how to make wire names. After that day, could I make money by doing it? No, I had to go home and practice, and practice, and practice. All he taught me was the basics; I had to perfect the basics with practice. During this practice I developed my own style, and my own look. I came up with a few different moves that made it easier for me and sometimes even came out with a better looking product. Everybody will eventually develop their own style, and sometimes not even know it. Anyway, making names is what got me started in wire wrapping.
After a lot of practice, I was able to make them good enough to sell. He and I opened a small cart display in a local mall and started making money immediately, and we were making so much money that I quit my day job, immediately. After three months, something came up that he had to quit and I didn't think I could handle it by myself, so we closed. I started working flea markets and a few other places that I can tell you about. I did this through the summer months then had an opportunity to open a cart in a good mall for the Christmas season of 1996. I had already bought a few books, which don't help a lot, and taught myself how to make a few crude rings, bracelets and pendants, but very few. I opened the cart for that Christmas season and five years later, I closed and put everything on the internet. Everything you see on this site, I taught myself, while sitting in that mall, how to make from a book or video here and there, and with some trial and a lot of error. By the way, I still don't have a day job.
Can something like this happen to you? Yes! Will something like this happen to you? I don't know, that is up to you. If it happens, you will have to make it happen, nothing just happens. You have to put in time and effort, a lot of time and a lot of effort. Is something like this hard? Yes and no, it's not hard to learn, in fact it's easy if you have someone to teach you the basics and prevent you from making all the errors that you would make if you tried to learn on your own. It is very hard to learn to do this well. You have to spend a lot of time perfecting the basics; you have to spend a lot of time practicing. How much time, that depends on you. I had to practice for a month before I could make a wire name well enough that I thought someone would pay for it. My daughter could do it after three days. Everybody's different, so it's really up to you. I have taught several people how to make wire names, told them my story and they left all excited. To date, not one person that I know of is even making them (including my daughter and she can make almost anything I can), but they know how. That's why I don't mind teaching you how to do this, because I already know that most will never perfect it. Should I feel bad about charging to teach you something that I already know that it's a high probability that you will never do. No, because everyone who learns this will always have the ability to do it, it's like riding a bicycle, once you learn, you always know how. Do you even own a bicycle? Probably not, but if you wanted to, I'll bet you could ride one.
It takes only two things to make money with wire jewelry. It takes ability, and desire. I'll give you the ability, but the desire has to come from within, and there I can't help. You've heard the old saying, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. Well I can lead you to the water, but you will have to drink on your own. But, if you pursue this, I can salt your oats and make you thirsty.
Ok, now to answer the four questions that you came to this page to find out. One, what do I get, two, where do I get it, three, how long will it take and four, how much does it cost?
What do I get? You get everything. I'll teach you the basics of how to make almost everything on the site. That includes wire names, pendants, bracelets, earrings, and rings. How many different styles will depend on you and how fast you learn. You'll get all the information on where to buy wire, stones, tools, and displays. You don't need to bring anything, I'll furnish the tools, and supplies and anything you make you can take with you. While this is going on you will get ideas on the best places to sell you jewelry and how to sell it. It doesn't matter how much of it you have or how good it looks, if you can't sell it, you might as well not have it.
Where do I get it? Here, you come to me. I live only ten blocks from a nice, clean and inexpensive motel (and only five blocks from the sheriffs department and county jail, so you can feel safe). I'll give you all the information for you to make your arrangements. The actual class will take place at my kitchen table (really at my work bench), one on one. You will be the only student in the class. I refuse to teach more than one person at a time. Have you ever been in a classroom environment with several people? There's always one that can't quite get it and always needs extra help. This penalizes the others because they have to sit idle while that one catches up. Usually, I'm the one that is slowing everyone else down, so guess what. I'll feel bad about it and let things go by to keep from slowing the others down and I get penalized. So, I refuse to put you in either situation. It’s one and only one (no exceptions).
How long will it take? It will take three, six to eight hour days. For that period of time you will have my undivided attention. Now, you are already thinking, can I learn all of this in three days? Probably not, but you will learn enough of the basics that you will be able to do it with a little practice. Example: It will take at most, two hours for me to give you everything you need to make a wire name. After that two hours, it's up to you (practice, practice, practice). I think you will be amazed at what knowledge you leave here with.
How much does it cost? $750.00 for three days of training. Sounds like a lot I know, but think about how you value your time, and how much you would charge for three days of your time to teach something that it took you years to learn.
If you think you might be interested, email me and we'll talk.