Workshops with Norah Groves
Fire & Ice Yin & Yang wire wrapped pendant
In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang is a concept of dualism in ancient Chinese philosophy, describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. With this in mind, Fire and ice are seemingly opposite however could be considered interconnected. The burning of the ice cold, and the harsh cold after a fire.
In this class students will create a yin & yang pendant in Fire Opal and Majestic Blue Swarovski and artistic wire. These striking colours are chosen as they are strong contrasting fire and ice colours reminiscent of the fire and ice dragons in the TV series Game of Thrones.
The class will be for beginners and intermediate students, with instructions provided for both levels. The beginner student will complete the pendant to stage one, the symbol in basic frame, with the option to stop or go further if they feel comfortable, however may not complete in class if they go on, but will have the skills to do so in their own time. The intermediate student will carry on to stage two and add an additional woven frame to the piece.
Duration: 4 hours
Max participants: 6
Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate. The basic shape id s relatively simple circle, with the crystals threaded onto thinner wire and wrapped in a particular pattern. Difficulty is in the forming of the base frame, bezel and handling long lengths of wire.
To cater for a wider audience, instruction will also be given in a intermediate wire weave to make a frame for the pendant. Difficulty here is in the handling of three base wires and weaving thin long lengths of wire. This is then shaped into a frame and attached to the base with swirls. Once the weaving is understood, the piece can be completed in their own time if not in class.
Prerequisite skills: How to cut wire and hold pliers
Cost: $80 ($60 tutor fee + $20 kit fee)
- 20 x 4mm Fire Opal Swarovski bicones
- 20 x 4mm Majestic Blue Swarovski bicones
- 1 x 6mm Fire Opal Swarovski bicones
- 1 x 6mm Majestic Blue Swarovski bicones
- 26G & 20G artistic wire
Supplies required by participants: wire cutters, 1 pair pliers, bead mat