The projects in this book are stunning. This book will inspire you to take the plunge into wire wrapping. The instructions seemed very easy to follow. Not only does each designer share their project with us they also give us ways to get to know them each better by very graciously submitting their websites. --Jackie Marchant, jaaquelinesjewels.comWhat makes the project instructions absolutely fabulous for people just beginning to work with wire is that they are very comprehensive with photos, illustrations and written instructions that take people step by step through creating uniform curves, spirals and waves in their projects. They show the various mandrels used and the mandrels are affordable. ...So it helps beginning designers to see outside the expensive equipment and into what's easily available in their own home. --Shala Kerrigan, Bellaonline's beadwork editor
“There is something here for every level of crafter who works with beads and wire, from simple drop earrings to elaborately wire-wrapped pendants and decoratively linked chains. The strong suit of this book—like other Lark publications—is the accompanying close-up photographs and comprehensive illustrations. An introductory chapter on the many different tools and techniques used throughout is also very helpful, and some are sure to be new to even highly experienced jewelry makers… This is a book whose projects will keep crafters engaged and challenged and should lead them forward in their own designs.” —Publishers Weekly
“None of the pieces are difficult, and even the ones that are more time-consuming or precise have excellent directions to make them easier!” —Beading Arts
“Wondrous and fun projects with easy techniques even beginners can get a hold of and flourish.” —Midwest Book Review
From the Author
A lot has been happening in bead and wire since the publication of Contemporary Bead & Wire Jewelry, my last book (with co-author Nathalie Mornu) on the subject. Looking at the latest work of crafters and designers all over the globe, I could see they'd been busy singing new songs with their basic jewelry vocabulary. So many bold designs, unique flourishes, and fresh finishes made it hard to know where to begin with a new book.
I decided to look for projects that seemed to hold as much of an intriguing challenge as those in CBWJ. That meant finding work that used an excitingly modern mastery of (mostly) familiar materials and techniques. I wanted each piece in Bewitching Bead & Wire Jewelry to be the expression of a creative process just complex enough to defy easy understanding. Even after months of photographing the pieces and editing the how-tos, to me this work still has that elusive and sparkling allure. I am thrilled to present these superb new bead-and-wire projects to jewelry crafters everywhere.