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Twist & Shout; Spinner Bangles Monday, August 7, 6:30 PM and
Tuesday, August 8, 9:00 AM
April Bower $210  
This workshop is 9 hours.

Student Level: Experienced Beginner to Advanced
Type of Workshop: Process & Project
Prerequisite: Must have basic soldering skills, as the basics of soldering will not be covered.
Workshop Category: Jewelry

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Everyone does Spinner Rings, but these are "Spinner Bangles" and so much more. We start out the evening before, exploring some of the many various twists and texture combinations possible to make our narrow textured spinner bangles: the "Twist and Shout" part, and make some of the stock we will use the next day. These twists also could be used as decorative trims, or stand alone bracelets or neck wires. We could spend days on these alone, but alas...we only have 3 hours. The next morning, you will learn how to properly measure a bangle size, texture a 1" wide blank, learn and solder a very useful and strong "Lap seam" using tabs, and then on to anticlastic forming and finishing the spinner bangle bracelet. Working in bronze or copper with mixed metal spinners, you are welcome to work in sterling with mixed metal or your own sterling spinners for contrast.

Qualified assistant Renee Garver will be there to assist us all.

Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

  • $30.00 includes:
  • copper or bronze sheet, and nickel, copper and brass wire in different gauges to make the projects
  • use of torches, fuel, hammers, anvils and hand tools to share. (Students may bring their own Sterling silver if they prefer to work in that; Email instructor for details).

Instructor Provided (for use in-class, and to share):

  • Nylon cross-peen forming
  • hammers
  • rubber mallets
  • wooden forming stakes to share
  • torches for annealing /soldering
  • fuel
  • solder & flux
  • pickle
  • patina
  • bracelet mandrels
  • wrist sizing gauges
  • grinder/buffer
  • belt sander
  • rolling mills
  • scratch brushes
  • steel wool
  • mounted vises
  • anvils
  • stumps
  • hammers & mallets to share.
  • a few saws & hand tools and 2 flex-shaft machines (let me know to reserve a vise for you if you are traveling and cannot bring it, or anything else as I may be able to supply it for you.)

Student should bring:

  • smooth bench block: 2" x2" or larger
  • 6" medium cut inside ring file: which is flat on one side, rounded on other, (not needle file)
  • metal shears
  • side cutters for wire
  • bench pin with clamp
  • safety glasses
  • jewelers saw & blades (I'll have 2 jewelers saws to share, at least bring blades.)
  • Your own sturdy clamp-on vise with 3" C-clamps (this is NOT optional, you need one) something like this: Portable Vise. (I will have 5 available to reserve if you cannot bring your own, email me to reserve one for your use. The earlier you contact me, the better your chance of getting one)


  • cordless drill or hand twist drill to twist wire
  • favorite texturing hammer(s)
  • round bracelet mandrel
  • basic hand tools ( pliers, files, shears, ruler, leather mallet, sanding sticks)
  • binding wire
  • a personal light. (and extension cord if needed)
  • wood end hook (#1 here): Wood end hook
  • Large nylon or delrin cross-peen forming hammer (I will have nylon cross-peen hammers/mallets and wood forming stakes available for use or purchase.) Feel free to contact instructor for suggestions for tools and vise set-up.

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site store when you arrive at AU, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
call: 602-956-0189

Questions: AprilBowerJewelry@gmail.com
Website: AprilBower.com