International wire jewelry artist, author, and instructor Dale "Cougar" Armstrong will be the Jewel School guest expert Thursday, April 12. if you are new to Jewel School, you can watch the show by checking for a channel in your area (go to http://www.jtv.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-jtv-Site/default/ChannelFinder-Show) or you can simply watch LIVE right on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jewelschool/app_109254779112329).
Ms. Armstrong, known as the "Picasso of Wire Jewelry Arts" has over forty years combined experience in creating award winning classic wire art designs. She not only was the very first Jewel School expert and instrumental in the very creation of Jewel School on JTv with her series of Jewel School DVDs and knowledge of jewelry arts, (http://www.jtv.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-jtv-Site/default/Search-Show?q=armstrong&x=0&y=0) she also is an Education Consultant for Wire-Sculpture, offering a series of highly acclaimed instructional DVDs and products there as well (http://www.wire-sculpture.com/pages/site_search.html?q=armstrong&image.x=28&image.y=8).
As member of the Beadalon Design Team (http://www.beadalon.com/armstrong.asp) Armstrong has had several German style wire kits made in her honor and offered on Jewel School, and for a limited time, you may be able to purchase an autographed copy of her best selling book "Wirework: An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Wire Wrapping" at jtv.com. You may also purchase the best selling book as an immediate download, including an immediate download of the new accompanying DVD to the book from the Interweave Store at Beading Daily here: http://www.interweavestore.com/Jewelry/Books/Wirework-with-eBook.html.
Armstrong is an inspirational wire jewelry artist, teaching classic techniques so that her students may create their own unique wire jewelry art designs. You can read an interview with Armstrong by "Jewelry Making Daily" here: http://www.jewelrymakingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2011/09/12/wire-wrapping-with-the-cougar-wirework-jewelry-with-dale-cougar-armstrong.aspx.
Although Ms. Armstrong is a technique instructor, rather than simply a project instructor, you may want to explore some of Armstrong's publications in order to practice the art of wire technique. You can purchase the 2006 Step By Step Wire Jewelry DVD collection that includes Armstrong's projects “Festooned Cabochon Necklace” -- “Touch of Class” -- “Classic Elegance”, and Pearl Chandelier Earrings (http://www.interweavestore.com/Jewelry/Magazines/2006-Step-by-Step-Wire-Jewelry-CD-Collection.html) or the 2007 Step by Step Wire Jewelry DVD Collection including Armstrong's instructional article “Icy Blues”, which uses snap settings to "create a sparkling neck-piece." (http://www.interweavestore.com/Jewelry/Magazines/2007-Step-by-Step-Wire-Jewelry-CD-Collection.html?SessionThemeID=18). Or how about Armstrong's wonderful article “'Pet Panache' Springtime Sparkles for your pet featuring collars by Dale 'Cougar' Armstrong" published in "Bead Unique"? You can purchase the past issue including this project by Armstrong here: http://www.beaduniquemag.com/projects/bead_bonus/index.shtml. And definitely treat yourself and explore the amazing wire jewelry art created by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong in her gallery "Cougar's Creations" (www.cougarscreations.com)! Enjoy and See you at school!