Diane  Mason

Diane began her wire career in 1999 by attending William Holland. She continues to upgrade her skills today by attending two or more classes per year. She is an active member of the Franklin N.C. Gem and Mineral Society. The Southern Appalachian Artists Guild, and the Blue veteran critical care nurse specialist Diane and her husband moved to Young Harris to be closer to the mountains they both love, to get serious with their rocks, and to operate their own Rock Shop locally. In 2014 Diane began doing specially wire wrap for Ruby City Gems in Franklin, NC and continues to do so today. Diane and her husband travel yearly to sell their jewelry in juried shows in the Carolinas and Georgia. This direct link to public sales gives her a personal approach to be able to lead her students through a short course on pricing and selling of their completed pieces of art. Dianes teaching background allows her to present her courses to her students in a very structured manner she believes that students should know why they are doing all of the necessary steps, so she teaches wire theory as well as a hands-on monkey-see, monkey-do approach. Diane began teaching at William Holland in 2003 making the 2018 season her 16th year. She also teaches for gem and mineral clubs in six states, for any specialty group, as well as her home studio. Diane enjoys all of her classes whether it is WIRE I, WIRE II, WIRE III, BRACELETS, or WIRE SCULPTURE and she will quickly tell you that she learns with each class. Contact information: H: 706-379-1718 C: 843-621-0003 jimndee43gmail.com: or at JIM N DEES ROCK SHOP.

Class List

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Wire I - Diane Mason
This is a traditional wire class where students go from basics to preparation for WIRE II by using extensive classroom theory combined with a monkey-see, monkey-do approach. Ten/twelve projects are planned where no two are alike, each with varying skill and learning techniques. Students begin with the simple and walk their way up to a higher level. Novice wire wrappers will easily transcend to being prepared for WIRE II. Techniques covered and used are for creating two different bracelets, two different calibrated cabochons, an un-calibrated cabochon, un-calibrated cabochon earrings, simple earrings, faceted stone pendant faceted stone earrings, use of snaptights and a basket enclosing a stone. No two projects are alike. Wire will vary in sizes, shapes, and tempers. There will also be no craft, copper, or brass wire used. Students will learn in the wire that they will go home and cue to create fabulous pieces for sale or gifts. Students will be taught to clean jewelry appropriately, purchase cabochons, price and sell finished products, and purchase and use necessary tools.

Lab Fee: $45.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $250-$325
Prerequisites: None

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Wire II - Faceted Stones - Diane Mason
Have a fear of faceted or small stones? Are you intrigued by a beautiful faceted stone but dont know what to do with it? If you answered yes, then this class is for you. Fun, faceted stones, and learning techniques are what you will find abundant here with a total of twelve projects using all faceted stones Shapes to be used are: emerald, trillion, oval, teardrop (or pear), marquis, and a smaller softer wire. Work will be in sterling, sterling filled, 14/20 gold filled or a combination of these and is the students choice. Projects include a pendant and earrings in each shape, a hard wire bracelet, and a soft wire bracelet. This is a traditional wire class, please read the prerequisites carefully. Students must be actively wrapping, and making at least two creations per week. If you have questions as far as your qualifications, please contact the instructor prior to registration. The main purpose of this class is to make the student aware of the techniques used to wrap a faceted stone, and to become as comfortable, confident, and successful wrapping faceted stones as with cabochons. Contact will be 5-6 weeks prior to class with a list of supplies prices, and wire needed. Students will be working on the same size and shape of stone, at the same time and are asked to please obtain stones from the instructor. Lab fee includes: syllabus, wrap tape, 14-15 handouts, pen, notebook, and sharpie marker.
Prerequisites: Two structured/traditional Wire I classes (at least 30 hours each) and 6 months active wrapping.

Lab Fee: $45.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $200-$300
Prerequisites: Two Wire I classes

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Wire ll- Sculpture - Diane Mason
Wire sculpture has not been taught at WH for the past 5 years. Recently there has been a greater demand for this class so it's coming back for 2019 with plans to repeat this class every 2 to 3 years. The sculpture students can expect to complete 2 bracelets, 8 - 10 pendants, 1 ring, 1 neck wire and 10 - 12 earrings. Each student will be contacted 4-6 weeks prior to the class with a "needs" list of wire materials to bring. Registration for this class will close 2 weeks prior to the start of class so each student will have time to purchase their required wire needs. Stones, beads, and snap tights are to be purchased from the instructor to ensure each student is working on the same size and type of stone at the same time. Cabochons, beads, faceted stones, snap tights, and wire will be used. In the past wire sculpture has been the production of larger, fluffier, and basically more gaudy creations. This progress has now changed a great deal with more desire creations and the use of sculpture in a more basic ways such as decorations. There will be NO weaving in this class but the use of braiding will be accomplished. If you are an extremely slow wrapper, this may not be the class for you. Typically, this is a very fast moving class with expectations of completing 18 or more projects.If a student has questions about the qualifications, please contact the instructor as 706-379-1718.

Lab Fee: $45.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150.00- $250.00
Prerequisites: 2 traditional wire 1 classes and actively wrapping

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