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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Books; Student edition (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871162644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871162649
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Irina Miech is an artist, teacher, and the author of a series of popular how-to books on metal clay jewelry design for beaders. She also oversees a 6,000-square-foot retail bead supply business and classroom studio, where she teaches classes in beading, wirework, and metal clay. The metal clay certification program she designed is recognized by the PMC Guild. Her previous books are Metal Clay for Beaders , More Metal Clay for Beaders, and Inventive Metal Clay. Her jewelry designs also have been featured in Bead&Button, BeadStyle, and Art Jewelry magazines.

Customer Reviews

This how to book is full of great ideas on how to make beaded jewelry.
Amazon Customer
For one thing, it is arranged very nicely: if you like, you can give yourself a full course, even if you haven't tried any wire worked jewelry before, ever.
Jean Baldridge Yates
It is very informative, the pictures are beautiful and the instructions are clear and easy to follow.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

138 of 138 people found the following review helpful By enkidu on March 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
I also buy my fair share of jewelry making books. I have to second the above reviewer that I am usually disappointed. I have learned to rely on Amazon reviews though, and I just wanted to add another 5 star review for Irina's book, and point out a few more great details.

This book is very well thought out, and gave me many ideas to tweak my existing style and techniques, in fact some techniques that I have been scouring around for turned up in the advanced section (pg 78 Beaded Leaf). Instructions are clear for the beginner, and creations vary nicely so that it is not page after page of repeated ideas. I consider myself an intermediate-advanced wireworker and this book is truly a great addition to my reference library. True, many of the design concepts have at one time or another turned up in Step by Step wire magazine or other beading magazines, but this is a great comprehensive collection where they are all in one place.

I love how the book is sectioned off and color coded on the exterior pages, so that if you want to go directly to the intermediate section you just have to flip to the brown pages, the advanced section is color coded in green. This is a GREAT idea.

Good work
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71 of 71 people found the following review helpful By B. Rothenberg on March 12, 2009
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I buy alot of books on jewelry making and I am usually disappointed in them. This is the first book I've gotten that actually got me excited to try all of the techniques. The instructions are easy to understand and the sample projects are beautiful either to copy exactly or to use as a jumping off point for your own designs. I think everyone, whether a beginner or more advanced wire worker will be inspired by this book.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Bednarek on January 22, 2009
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This book is an excellent addition to any wireworker's library for a wealth of useful techniques and design inspiration. Techniques are clearly illustrated in excellent photograph form as well as well done written directions and each design is shown in wonderful variations. These designs come from a talented artist who creates wearable lovely pieces that don't all look alike. This book would really help a beginner and also inspire advanced wire working artists. Thank you, Ms. Miech, for sharing your talents with us!
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jean Baldridge Yates VINE VOICE on April 9, 2009
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Something great about this wire working book is that Irina Miech has a sensitivity to wire which is obvious and clear: she LOVES it. This love then conveys itself into the unique projects, which go from beginner to advanced. If you want to stress the technique of wire working in your jewelry making, go for this book! It is so fun and so worth your while!
What makes it good? For one thing, it is arranged very nicely: if you like, you can give yourself a full course, even if you haven't tried any wire worked jewelry before, ever. The author makes sure that she shows the tools and quick techniques right up front and then she catches your eye with a set of beginner projects which are stunning and tempting enough even for seasoned wire workers. For example: her blue toned "Burst of Color" necklace and earring set was lovely...so special it made me want to get out my pliers right then and there! Although I can make things like this already, I haven't made this. But now I want to!
I think that whether you already know how to make her projects or not is not the point...Irina has a true sense of beauty when she creates.
She is also very playful. You can see this sense of playfulness appear more and more when she is released from the strictures of having to keep things more simple. For example, in her intermediate section, she has a project with a number of variations called "Wire Wrapped Heart". It is GREAT! Having the variations (she wraps a drusy, a sand dollar, and more!) really expands your understanding of what you are doing, and it is as if you are taking a class with a teacher right in your own home. I like the section in the intermediate part on how to make your own findings as well. I am always curious about other designer's work and she has a noticable amount of fun with these.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By legally red9 on April 5, 2009
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After reading the positive reviews on this one I bought the book and what they said is absolutely right on. I also have bought many disappointing beading books, and I was so happy to find this one does not fall in that category. Not only are the designs actually attractive and creative, this book goes into detail about many techniques and tools that you need to go beyond the usual wire wrap loop and it has detailed step by step photos and projects are arranged by difficulty level. The intro suggests that each project teaches you a new skill, and that if you do the projects in order each one builds on the other, so it is like a class that you can take at home. I look forward to expanding my skills with this book!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jean Leslie on March 27, 2009
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Irina Meich now turns her attention to wire jewelry after putting out the excellent trio of "Metal Clay for Beaders" books.
Most wire jewelry books usually cover just one aspect of wire work such as basic and wrapped loops or maybe its devoted to wire binding.This book is very well thought out. The beginning of the book show some wire baskets she made as a child and she proves herself as a master wire worker.
Irina Meich covers a broad spectrum of techniques such as basic and wrapped loops, jump rings, making components. However, she also adds a variety of cabochon wraps and other techniques for stones without holes. There are also wire-shaping techniques in the advanced section.
Each project has clearly written step-by-step instructions and photographs
along with a gallery of variations once the technique is mastered.
The design are fresh but they are also classic at the same time and won't look dated as jewelry trends come and go.
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