Albina Manning

By on February 17, 2010
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Albina Manning was one of our Tucson 2013 Instructors! Discover Albina’s wire wrapping and weaving classes here: Albina Manning Course Listings

Albina ManningJewelry designer and instructor Albina Manning was born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia, a small town not far from Volga River. Ever since she was a child, Albina has loved doing anything by hand, especially knitting and sewing. She graduated from Mari State Pedagogical Institute and then worked for 9 years as a certificated elementary and physical education teacher in her hometown.

"Although I really loved my work as a teacher of young children, in 2003 my life changed a lot! I met my soul mate Peter and moved to Arizona where we were married, and a year later our beautiful daughter Anya was born. Then a Russian friend living in Japan sent me a beautiful, red beaded rose as a Christmas gift. I thought, ‘is it possible to make something as lovely as Mother Nature creates? Probably not, but sometimes copies can be worth that of the original.’ That is when I fell in love with beads and wire. My first experience was to make a beaded Money Tree. In spite of the fact that it looks like an old untrimmed tree and has a lot of ‘technical’ mistakes, I still love it."

Albina has taught at The Bead Museum, and at the J.O.G.S Gem & Jewelry Show, (where she and Dale ‘Cougar’ Armstrong became friends). Her work Bonsai Shakkan has been used by Fire Mountain Gems both as a back cover advertisement and inside their catalog. In 2009 Albina won the 1st Place Gold Medal award with her piece titled ‘Inca’s Gold Necklace’ in FMG’s wirework category. She presently teaches private classes and at The Beaderie.

Albina has written several E-books and has been published in ‘Art Bead Circle Magazine’ as well as the book Mixed Media Jewelry Techniques, a collaboration with Dale “Cougar” Armstrong and eight other talented jewelry artists. Learn more about Albina on her website: https://www.around-beads.info

Albina’s latest success is her Coiling and Weaving Wire Jewelry Designs Series, a 3-DVD series devoted to working with round wire to create beautiful designs, released in April 2011 through Wire-Sculpture.com:

Coiling and Weaving Series Set Coiling and Weaving Series: Beginner
Coiling and Weaving Series Set:
3 High-Definition DVDs
Beginner: Coil Drop Earrings and Arabian Bracelet
Coiling and Weaving Series: Intermediate Coiling and Weaving Series: Advanced
Intermediate: Sprig Earrings and Moonlight Pendant Advanced: Golden Medallion Pendant and Viking Knit Chain

5 Comments

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    Sandra Cullen

    June 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Albina, I just noticed the pendant you made in Amazonite and wire wrapped around the sides. Is this pattern available anywhere. It looks similar to viking knitting, which I do a great deal of in Gold filled, Sterling & Argentium Silver, Yellow Brass, Bronze & copper. Thanks for any help you can provide.

    Sandra

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    Sandy

    January 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Albina, I made a few business card holders and have sold 2. I used a different set of beads. Would it be OK with you if I posted it for sale on my Etsy site? I would give you credit for the original design. In one of her tips, Dale said that we are free to sell items made with directions from wire-sculpture, but I wanted your specific permission to post on a website. Thank you so much. I have learned a lot from the wire-sculpture staff with the daily tips and the website.

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      dalecgr

      January 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Sandy, first we would all like to thank you for your personal code of ethics and values!! Albina says, “Yes, it is OK to sell your work of my design, with a credit to me as the original designer.”

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    Barbara Goldberg

    September 4, 2013 at 5:02 am

    I am looking for patterns for basic ear wraps (maybe one to three small stone added).

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    Judy Pinchback

    April 17, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Love these and will attempt to make these today. I’ve never tried weaving before but your instructions are great! Thank you.

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