Crater of Diamonds to host wire wrap jewelry workshop on September 21
By Waymon Cox
Greetings from Crater of Diamonds State Park! Although diamonds are our park’s main resource and attraction, many visitors also enjoy collecting a variety of other rocks and minerals from the diamond search area, including agate, amethyst, conglomerate, jasper, quartz, and hematite. Like diamonds, these other stones are often used in jewelry.
Though many people think that jewelry only comes from a store, many craftspeople today use a variety of methods to create their own beautiful pendants, rings, bracelets, and other unique ornamentation. Wire wrapping, the art of securing stones and beads using brass, copper, silver, or gold wire, is one of the more popular techniques of jewelry-making. Hand-made pieces often come in unique designs that are the maker’s own. The practice of wire wrapping requires focus, patience, and practice, but it can be a fairly inexpensive pastime and lots of fun to learn!
Freeform is a fairly simple, yet beautiful style of wire wrapping. The most important tools required are the hands and imagination. Many types of stones can be used, and with no strict patterns or guidelines, freeform practitioners are “free” to create a great variety of designs!
On Saturday, September 21, from 2 to 4 p.m., Crater of Diamonds State Park will host a freeform wire wrap jewelry workshop for participants, ages 13 and up, who want to learn about wire wrapping and try the freeform wrapping method. The workshop will begin with a discussion of basic tools and materials used in wire wrapping, and participants will have a chance to try freeform wrapping themselves, using “practice” wire and polished Crater stones. Participants will also receive wire wrapping kits, including wire, pliers, and instructions to get started in this fun hobby! Cost is $30 per person, including a $15 registration fee which is due by September 18. The remaining $15 will be due on the day of the workshop.
Space is limited to 10 participants, with a minimum of three required. Call Crater of Diamonds State Park at 870-285-3116 by Wednesday, September 18 to register for this workshop, and learn how to make jewelry of your own design!
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Portions of the search area are now plowed weekly.
Most recent significant precipitation: August 13, 2013
Diamond finds for the week of August 25, 2013 (100 points = one carat):
No diamonds registered August 25-26.
August 27 – Jim Graham, Prescott, AR, 10 pt. brown; Yonghui Denham, Atlanta, GA, 33 pt. white
August 30 – Cory & Deisy Willits, Jacksonville, AR, 1 pt. brown, 1 pt. white; David Hinzie, White Bear Lake, MN, 6 pt. white, 8 pt. white, 9 pt. white, 9 pt. white
August 31 – Brianna Reed, Walker, LA, 27 pt. white; Cory & Deisy Willits, Jacksonville, AR, 5 pt. yellow