New Contributors – Albina Manning and Kate Richbourg

By on October 12, 2015
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by Judy Ellis,

WireJewelry Tip for October 12th, 2015

New Contributors – Albina Manning and Kate Richbourg

Today I bring to you our next two AMAZING contributors – both of whom you have seen here on WireJewelry before – Albina Manning and Kate Richbourg.

These two amazing women have very diverse styles and techniques – but share the love of jewelry making in common – and I know that you will love their projects and tips just as much as I do!

I am pleased to introduce Albina Manning and Kate Richbourg. Enjoy!

Albina Manning:

Albina Manning

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

In 2003 Albina moved to Arizona. 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 ‘Inca’s Gold Necklace’ in FMG’s wirework category. In 2011, she won Bronze Medal with ‘Nautilus’ Necklace in FMG’s wirework &Chain category, and in 2012 – Bronze Medal with “Silver Rain” jewelry set in Metal Jewelry Designs (FMG).

Albina have been published in the ‘Art Bead Circle Magazine’, German ‘Perlen Poesie’, Russian ‘Fashion’ magazine, ‘Step by Step Wire’, and in a book ‘Mixed Media Jewelry Techniques’.

The latest success is ‘Coiling and Weaving’ 3-DVD series devoted to working with round wire to create beautiful designs was released in April 2011 through

Albina Manning now enjoys teaching private classes, classes at Gem and Bead Mall, and at the J.O.G.S Gem & Jewelry Show in Tucson.

Learn more about Albina on her blog: Around Wire Blog

Albina’s Gallery of Work:


Kate Richbourg:

Kate Richbourg

Kate Richbourg was raised on a small farm in Gilroy, California. As a child, she would spend hours stringing beads and creating her own jewelry. It was a phase she never quite outgrew. After completing college, while trying to get excited about the transition to a corporate career, Kate saw a want ad for a bead store and lost no time in applying. Soon she was teaching classes and writing articles that were published regularly in magazines. During this time she took a basic metalworking class at a local community college that opened her eyes to the possibilities of what metalworking had to offer the jewelry designer. She began teaching metalworking to the masses and never looked back.

Simply put, Kate Richbourg loves jewelry. She loves to teach it. She loves to make it. She loves to wear it. Teaching and designing jewelry since 1992, she teaches at national shows, bead societies, bead shops and in her studio in South San Francisco, CA. She is published in a variety of jewelry magazines and is the author of the popular blog “We Can Make That at Home. She has also appeared on several episodes of the DIY and HGTV network shows “DIY Jewelry” and “Craft Lab.” Kate is the author of the bestselling book Simple Soldering: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry Making.

Working for a Living:

  • Lead Designer and Creative at Gaston Collective 2012-Present
  • Director of Education 2008-2012
  • Beadissimo Bead Store: Owner, Manager, and Instructor 2003-2008
  • The Bead Shop Palo Alto: Class Director and Instructor 1992-2002
  • Freelance Jewelry Instructor and Writer 1992-Present

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We are so thrilled to have these two fine jewelry artists and instructors as part of our new contributing staff. Stay tuned this week to see some of their latest tips and techniques and don’t miss next week’s announcement of our next two instructors!

Happy Wrapping!

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    October 12, 2015 at 5:24 am

    WOW! You, Ladies are “Awesome”. I really Like your Designs. Thank you for your Info, but I’m over 65 and Still enjoying Beads, Wire & Reading Books on Making Jewelry.
    And then I Donate it To Veterans Center and sell it for “Everything Under $5.00
    I wish I could find the Base for Making Brooches! or Some one do a Free Lesson on this Subject.

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    October 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    I also enjoy Kate when is on Beads, Baubles, & Jewels. She is a great teacher with an enjoyable personality.