Isabella Necklace

with Sarah Thompson

Immerse yourself in this opportunity to experience a three-day jewelry making retreat, to learn from Sarah Thompson in the unique and creative town of Asheville, North Carolina, and to refresh your creative spirit.

You will spend quality time in the studio classroom with Sarah in this class designed to teach a multitude of techniques including hammering, filing, layering and shaping silver and wire. You’ll share delicious lunches daily with Sarah and fellow classmates, then relax and unwind at the Welcome Social and Instructor Showcase. The retreat will wrap up with a Group Photo Session after class to celebrate your accomplishments and provide lasting memories of our time together in Asheville.

Isabella Necklace

Class Description

Explore and practice as you build a beautiful silver necklace guided by renowned instructor Sarah Thompson. Perfect your hammering techniques and learn a variety of filing techniques to add subtle dimension to your designs. Sarah will then teach you how to build and interlock a multiple-component necklace with complexity and depth. Explore different ways to create controlled shapes, and then delve into shaping with your hands for a complex, flowing design. Sarah will help you get better results working on symmetrical designs. You’ll learn to incorporate fused daggers into your work with options to vary the shape to match your style.


You will learn the following techniques from Sarah in this three-day class:

  • Hammering
  • Filing
  • Layering
  • Interlocking multiple layers
  • Advanced symmetry concepts and practice
  • Controlled shaping
  • Freeform shaping with your hands
  • Creating fused daggers

Did you know?

Movement, composition, and depth are the driving forces of Sarah’s unique design style.

Learn more about Sarah and wire weaving.

Additional Information

Registration Includes:

  • Three (3) days of instruction from Sarah Thompson

  • Use of instructor tools and equipment

  • Step by step tutorial

  • Delicious and nutritious lunch on Saturday, Sunday and Monday

  • Invitation to Welcome Social Friday, October 12, 2018 at 4:30pm

  • Access to Instructor Showcase on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 8:00pm (includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres)

  • Group Photo Celebration

Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

Materials & Supplies

Tools and Supplies to BrinG

  • Round-nose pliers
  • Flat-nose pliers
  • Chain-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle files
  • Beading awl, preferably Tulip brand size S
  • Ruler
  • Chasing hammer
  • Bench block
  • Ring clamp
  • Two different colored fine tip pens
  • Permanent marker
  • Optivisor (optional)
  • Ott light (optional)
  • Ring mandrel if available

Materials in Kit

  • Fine silver wire: 14g, 16g, 18g, 20g, 26g, 28g

  • Practice copper wire in 14g, 16g, 18g, and 28g

  • Round sterling silver bead: 4mm and 2mm

  • Briolette-around 14mm
  • Sterling silver chain

  • Dowels: 3mm, 8mm

  • Graph paper
  • Scrap paper

  • Sand paper

  • Pro-polish pad

  • Bobbin


Registration Fee
$993 Low Rate Extended
Regular Rate: $1145

Kit Fee
$105 (This fee will be collected during registration.)

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson is a wire artist known for her wire weaving techniques. As a self-taught artist, she is always exploring and finding new ways to work and layer the wire to create complicated designs that are reminiscent of the look of metalsmithing without the solder. She then sews the work together with fine-gauged wire to create a beautiful, sculptural, flowing style.

She has been working exclusively with wire since 2009, teaching since 2010, and working as a nationally renowned instructor since 2015. Her Thistle design won Best in Show in the 2014 BeadDreams International Jewelry Awards. The following year, Sarah’s first book Fine Art Wire Weaving was published. She has a Craftsy video, Wire Woven Bracelets: Basics and Beyond, has written articles for Step by Step Wire magazine, and is currently developing a second book. Sarah lives in Spokane, Washington, with her five kids and a wonderfully supportive husband.

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