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Kaska Firor

I fell in love with wire arts the moment I picked up a pair of pliers in my first wire wrapping class in the summer of 2001. It was the way those small wire tools felt in my hands, so naturally and comfortably, and the irresistible magic of wire, its ability to transform into different shapes and patterns, that completely captured my imagination.

I have been making art all my life. Some of my best childhood memories include cutting, gluing, pasting, carving, or building something. Art has always found its way into my life. I spent five wonderful years drafting and building models while studying Interior Design in college. Over time I also dabbled in bronze casting, clay sculpture, stained glass, sewing, crocheting, and even cross stitch. But wire jewelry proved to be the thing that stuck – at least so far.

After that first class in 2001, I spent several years working with traditional wire-wrapping techniques, improving my skills and experimenting with various types of wires and tools.

One aspect of wire-weaving that proved to be especially exciting to me was its many ways of capturing stones and other elements. During my wire-wrapping years, I developed an appreciation for the stone as a focal piece, with the design growing around it, dictated by the shape of and the patterns with it. It was important to me to continue that emphasis on the stone as I started shifting my focus to wire-weaving.

In the last several years, Ive continued my study of the weaves. I adopted the existing and devised new ways of using the various techniques to create my own designs, most of them, of course, incorporating cabochons, crystals, and other focal elements. I have been fortunate to have my work included in several magazines and books. My designs have also won numerous awards at art shows and jewelry competitions. My book, Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry came out in 2013.

Upcoming Events

October 2019
Cdn $100.00 - Cdn $115 +Kit fee: $42, payable to BeadFX the day of the class.

Intro to Over-Under Weave with visiting instructor Kaska Firor

October 4 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kaska Firor

Course outline: Join Kaska Firor in the wonderful world of wire weaving! This class introduces the fundamentals of wire weaving. Students will learn the most basic weave while creating several shapes that can be put together into a fun necklace. Skills learned in this class can be used to create bracelets, necklaces and bails for pendants. The focus of the class will be on learning the technique and improving the skill level. Students will learn the secrets for keeping their…

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Cdn $100 - Cdn $115 +Kit fee: $46, payable to BeadFX the day of the class.

Intro to Over-Over Weave with visiting instructor Kaska Firor

October 4 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kaska Firor

Course outline: Discover wire weaving with Kaska Firor! This class introduces one of the most popular weaves used by many wire artists today. You will learn the most basic version of the weave while creating this elegant necklace. Instructor will provide some pre-made elements so that students can focus on learning the weaving techniques. Make your learning complete by taking the Intro to Over-Under Weave class on the same day. Save on the class fees for both classes; you must…

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Cdn $115 +Kit fee: $34 for copper kit or $47 for sterling silver kit, payable to BeadFX the day of the class.

Teardrop Pendant with visiting instructor Kaska Firor

October 5 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kaska Firor

Course outline: Create this beautiful pendant with Kaska Firor using simple wire weaving and wire shaping techniques. Students will be given precise instruction as how to create the pendant from start to finish, but will also be encouraged to customize the finishing touches in order to create a one-of-a-kind design. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Wire weaving Bring to class: Flush wire cutters Chain nose pliers Flat nose pliers Permanent marker Ruler Painters masking tape Magnification Of special note:…

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Cdn $115 +Kit fee: $35 for copper kit or $42 for sterling silver kit, payable to BeadFX the day of the class.

Bead Ring with visiting instructor Kaska Firor

October 5 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kaska Firor

Course outline: Expand your wire skills with Kaska Firor as you discover the art of making wire-woven rings. The class will focus on understanding the basic construction and design and will explore techniques for proper ring sizing. Ideas for customizing the design will be discussed. Skill level: Advanced Beginner Prerequisite: Some wire weaving experience or intro classes Technique: Wire weaving Bring to class: Flush wire cutters Chain nose pliers Flat nose pliers Permanent marker Ruler Painters masking tape Magnification Of…

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Cdn $115 +Kit fee: $33 for copper kit or $65 for sterling silver kit, payable to BeadFX the day of the class.

Looped Stone Pendant with visiting instructor Kaska Firor

October 6 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Kaska Firor

Course outline: Join Kaska Firor to learn how to encase a stone in a looped wire net while creating this fun pendant. Students in this class will learn the secrets to making uniform looking and tightly fitting loops that hold the stone securely. This class will focus on learning how to use the wire-looping technique for capturing differently shaped stones. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Wire weaving Bring to class: Flush wire cutters Chain nose pliers Flat nose pliers…

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Cdn $115 +Kit fee: $72, payable to BeadFX the day of the class.

Alita Necklace with visiting instructor Kaska Firor

October 6 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kaska Firor

Course outline: Led by Kaska Firor, you'll make this intricate necklace using several wire techniques. Expand your skills as you learn to weave in tight spaces and how to shape your wire into a graceful design to fit inside a small frame. Students will learn hand and tool wire shaping techniques, and how to tell which one to use when for the best results. Skill level: Advanced Beginner Prerequisite: Some wire weaving experience or intro classes. Technique: Wire weaving Bring…

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  • Some classes have associated kit fees, please check class details to see where applicable. Some kit fees are payable to the store, some to the instructor and may be cash only in that case.
  • For some studio classes, those using fire-breathing torches and fast spinny things a waiver must be signed acknowledging you have experience or training in their use, and we will ensure you have training to work safely!
  • Some classes have age requirements. Students MUST be mature and responsible to work safely to be allowed to take some of our lampworking, soldering, fusing, and some metalsmithing classes.

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