Brenda Schweder
Craftsy Instructor

Waukesha, Wisconsin

Brenda Schweder is a jewelry artist and the inventor of the Now That's a Jig! wire bending system. She has written three books, including Steel Wire Jewelry, and her designs have been featured in numerous publications, including Step by Step Wire Jewelry, Bead Style and Crystal Chic. She authors Wirework Magazine's creativity column, and has appeared on the TV show Beads, Baubles and Jewels. Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine ... Read Full Bio »

Brenda's Craftsy Classes


Essential Wirework Techniques

In this class, award-winning jewelry designer Brenda Schweder guides you through every step of crafting wire jewelry. Once you're familiar with the wire types and tools used in class, learn Brenda's trick for coiling wire by hand and cutting perfectly smooth jump rings. You'll master loops and decorative head pins while creating a lovely pendant necklace and try your hand at a variety of cold connections, from the simple twist-tie to the clever hidden connection. Create sturdy ear wires and secure closures, and discover how to make an array of chain links. Then, learn how to create dimensional frames and wire wraps to capture cabochons and crystals. Finally, transform your jewelry with hammered textures and patinas, and seal your pieces for a finish that will last years.


$19.99 $29.99

What's New

Nov 04, 2014
Going to the Tucson Gem Shows and want to meet and take a class in person? Join me and special guest, Tamara Honaman, for five days of classes (February 4-8, 2015) at Tucson's Best Bead Show! Shorter workshops and "try-on's" will satisfy your creativity appetite while not eating up too much of your precious shopping time! Register at

Brenda's Projects

Variety of Wirework Connections
Embellished Head-Pin Pendant
Found Object Tissue Capture
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