Workshop: Forged Metal Earrings – BEYOND the Basics

 Introducing a NEW WORKSHOP: Forged Metal Earrings – Beyond the Basics

This workshop will be offered at the special rate of only $25 exclusively for it’s first run!  If you miss out on the first run you can catch it later for the regular rate of $35.  Materials are not included but are available for purchase on location in inexpensive metals/components.

When: August 17th

Time:  10 12:30

Location: A Bead and Crystal House

711 West Garden St. Pensacola, FL 850-432-3400

If you were lucky enough to catch my free Mother’s Day day workshop on basic forged earrings and enjoyed yourself, you will LOVE this workshop.  In this class we will take it to the next level and create more advanced designs that are still simple but have greater aesthetic appeal.

TOOLS: If you have any of the following tools, please bring them to class with you: Steel Bench Block, mini anvil, hammers (chasing hammers preferred but a hammer from the hardware store will suffice), round nosed pliers (a.k.a. rosary pliers), flat nose pliers, flush cutters.  I will bring many tools for shared use but if you have your own, even better!

Materials:  Approximately 2 to 3 feet of 22 – 16 gauge wire, 2 feet of 26 – 28 gauge wire, 1 foot 20 gauge wire, various beads

Seats in this class will be limited to only 6 participants so that I am able to spend one on one time instructing each student.  Advance reservation is recommended in order to secure your seat.  To reserve your space, call 850-432-3400 or email me at  Please leave your phone number with your registration.


Shoplifting and Resisting Arrest Charges Against Margaret Berk a.k.a. ‘Magi’ from April 2nd, 2011

Margaret Ann Berk, a.k.a. ‘Magi’ was charged with shoplifting a pendant from my booth at the Festival on the Green at the University of West Florida on April 2nd 2002 in Pensacola, FL and resisting arrest. It also came out in court, as the jury deliberated, that she has a prior conviction for shoplifting in Coral Springs, Florida as well.  No surprise there.

I just received the following notice from the State Attorneys office:

August 5th, 2011

RE: State of Florida vs. Margaret Ann Berk
Clerk No: 1711MM021970A
Division: 2

Dear Ms.  Stone:
The above referenced defendant was sentenced to:

Adjudicated Guilty
12 Months Probation Time
$55 Monthly Cost of Supervision
6 Months County Jail Suspended
$300.  Court Costs
$50 Cost of Prosecution
25 Hours Community Service
$200  Public Defender Fees
No Contact/Harassment/Avoid UWF
Do Not Attend Any Arts Festival @ UWF

If you have any questions regarding the case, please do not hesitate to contact me at this office.

Kristy Sweat
Assistant State Attorney

Ladies and gentlemen, the pendant that she took off of my table only cost $40.  She will now be paying over $1200 for her bad judgement that day, when she could have paid $40 and KEPT the pendant in question.  I hope that she learns from this, but knowing what kind of person she is I doubt she is capable of learning a single thing from this episode – or it seems she would have learned something from her prior conviction for theft.

UWF Course: Introduction to Wire Wrap Jewelry Begins September 6th, 2011

I will be presenting Introduction to Wire Wrap Jewelry at the University of West Florida beginning Tuesday, September 6th. This course is designed to take a beginners skills to the next level.  No prior experience is required for this course.  Students will learn a variety of traditional wire wrapping techniques and enjoy a variety of beginners projects that will lead them on to more advanced intermediate projects.   Students will gain a foundation of basics that must be mastered before moving on to more advanced projects.  Learn stone setting, two styles of pendants, how to make your own findings (ear wires, head pins, jump rings, toggle clasps, various styles of hook clasps, etc.), five different rings, basic forging techniques, multiple bracelet/bangle styles and more in this four week course!  Students who advance quickly will receive bonus projects as time allows.  Individual expression will be encouraged and students will have the opportunity to incorporate beads, cabochons and found objects from their personal collection.  See some of the skills that students will master in this course below;

Herringbone weave, hammered toggles

Border Wrap Pendant with Sculpted Bail

Border Wrap with Dangles

Nested Ring

Forging Basics

Custom Toggles made to match your Focals

Forged Crosses

Bi-Metal Twist Ring

Fibula style pins/brooches

     These are just a few examples of what students can expect to learn.   I will be on hand and available by phone and private forum outside of class time for assistance.  The skills learned in this course are valued at over $350 if taken as individual classes, but are offered at the deeply discounted value of only $175 for a four week course that meets in eight two and a half hour sessions.  Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.

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