Beginner Series Package
Within this series Dale teaches each project on every DVD exactly as she does in her classrooms, not only including all of the detailed techniques utilized for each specific design taught but also her "Cougarisms", which are tips on selling, customer relations and more. Each DVD project teaches the skills and techniques necessary to work from one project into the next, progressing from learning how to straighten, bundle and properly wrap with square wire, to hand shaping and how to properly size and resize wire ring designs!
By purchasing the entire Beginner Series and working through them in order, beginning with Project 1, All Wire Unisex Bracelet and ending with Bonus Project 9, Crystal Finger Bauble, it’s like being in a week-long workshop - at your own pace! This beginner series features 19 different projects, including rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings, and a collar. Dale also discusses the formulas used and shows project variations so you can incorporate the techniques taught into your own designs.
Learn what and how to use "found items" to save money on shaping supplies.
Dale describes herself as a "technique instructor" who, in able to properly teach a technique and how to use it, needs a finished project. Thus she teaches in progression, where each project instructs techniques that continue into the next project, where one learns a bit more, and so on.
Dale turns wire "wrappers" into wire "jewelry artists", encouraging each student to discover and then to develop their own personal style.
Bonus DVD - Your Introduction to Creating Classic Wire Jewelry Designs
"Oh my goodness! When a new student asks me just what is involved to begin making and selling wire jewelry, I could talk for hours, but instead I put all of it onto this one DVD. I talk about the basic tools you absolutely need to have and the fact that they don't have to cost a lot, but do have to work well for you; show and explain the different wire and other supplies you can use; and lots more! I also demonstrate a few basic wire jewelry techniques and how some tools can be used. This DVD can answer a lot of questions for anyone who is thinking of trying their hand at making wire jewelry either as a therapeutic hobby or to begin a small home business that can give you a wonderful creative outlet as well as pay for itself!" Dale "Cougar" Armstrong
This is Dale’s favorite beginner’s project, teaching all of the basic techniques necessary to progress into most square, half-hard wire jewelry designs. Learn how to straighten wire by hand, successfully bundle, tape and then make tight wraps, hand shaping and more, all while making this bracelet.
DVD 2- "Orbit" Earrings & Framed Freeform Cabochon Pendant
Make both mirror image earrings at the same time; create tight rosettes; combine wire gauges and tempers; learn how to formulate, plan and make any cabochon into a framed pendant with a well-constructed bail.
DVD 3- Headpin Earrings, Basic Ear Wires, Anything Pendant Harness
Make your own versatile version of a ‘headpin’; form and wrap a perfectly round loop; learn connection methods and ear wires; formulate a harness to make almost any item into a pendant with another bail style.
DVD 4- Woven Beaded Bracelet, Woven Beaded Hoop Earrings
Learn to make a ‘self-hook’ and eye combination; weave wire around beads to appear totally twisted and create a matching set with ear hoop variation.
DVD 5- Bead-on-Wire Necklace, 3-Bead Ring, "Orbit" Bead Ring
Make 2 different rings, incorporating beads; learn about bead platforms; plan and create a centered design on a wire necklace, including chain length formulas and making jump rings.
DVD 6- Heavy Wire Collar, Single "Focus Bead" & Caged Crystal Pendants
‘Wear your work ON your work’! Techniques to make a specialty bead pendant with a different bail; formulas and instructions to cage any elongated shape with a different bail making option.
DVD 7- Classic Cab/Pharaoh's Ring
Cougar’s interpretation of an age old design, reformulated to make the construction process easy; includes making to size, wrapping a ring shank and variations of stone shapes and wire sizes.
Bonus DVD #1- Woven Waves Bracelet, Woven Spiral Earrings
If created using a combination of smooth and textured beads this bracelet definitely makes a statement. The featured earring design is just one of many possibilities!
Bonus DVD #2- "Kisses" Bangle & Crystal Finger Bauble
Prepare to enter the intermediate levels of design! Plan and formulate a center pattern on a wire bangle; curve and connect multi-beaded wires to your handcrafted ring frame.
Each DVD comes complete with written follow-up directions for each and every project, along with sizing formulas when needed!!
For a list of all the materials used in these DVDs, please visit our DVD Supply Lists.
January 23, 2011
Reviewer: Evelyn Kelly from Belton, South Carolina
The DVD's are excellent. I've made most of the pieces in this beginner series and very pleased with results. I appreciate Dale's detailed instructions and the clear closeups of her techniques. I highly recommend them.
October 25, 2010
Reviewer: Deb Machiran from Monkton, Maryland
The DVD's are very well done with clear close-ups of what Dale is doing with her hands. I would say they were excellent, but I find the non-stop music throughout the videos very distracting. I hope in future DVD's, you skip the constant music.
December 04, 2009
Reviewer: Laura L. from Conroe, TX
I purchased this series during the presale. I could not be happier with the quality of the dvd's themselves or the instructions given. Dale shows you all the processes to turn out beautiful pieces of jewelry and shares tips that makes the job easier for you. So order these dvd's, grab your wire and flat nose pliers and prepare yourself to turn out quality you would never have imagined! I had become very frustrated previously not quite grasping some of the techniques shown in the Master's package and was a little hesitant to invest more dollars in dvd's. I am so glad that I did purchase these. My frustration is gone and the work I am doing following Dale's instructions is light years improved from before. Now instead of having piles of useless wire, I have finished pieces that I am very proud to say I made.
December 04, 2009
Reviewer: Denese W. from Laveen, AZ
I've found the directions extremely easy to follow. The video is high quality with sharp clear close-ups. I took the first 6 pieces (pracice wire) to the office just to show off and ended up with $60. I would recommend this as a good starting point for anyone that wants to get into working with wire. Denese W