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Jewelry Studio: Wire Wrapping Paperback – April 1, 2008
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"With the aid of detailed, close-up photography, the authors have done an excellent job of demystifying the art of creating wire jewelry." - Monsters and Critics.com
"An excellent book." - About.com Guide to Jewelry Making
"This is the third wire book from these authors and they have not disappointed us...a good reference book as well as one that is full of simple yet elegant projects." - Upper Midwest Bead Society newsletter
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Top Customer Reviews
In short: This is an excellent book on technique for beginning and intermediate wrappers. There are probably even some good tips advanced wrappers would find helpful. However, if you consider yourself highly advanced and don't enjoy practical, well-thought out, clearly presented instructions coupled with photographs that minimize the opportunities for mistakes or misunderstanding, you need to look for a different book.
The photographs demonstrating the techniques and project steps are clear and detailed. Shots are close up so you can see exactly how the work is done. Good how to photographs are a hallmark of Linda and Christine's books. Perfect for the self taught wire wrapper.
The book begins with a list of tools and materials needed to create the pieces you will admire and soon be making yourself. Then there is a suggested "first project" bracelet which will help anyone who is taking this seriously to understand all the ins and outs of what will be coming up later on. The authors strongly recommend making this design before proceeding further. I loved the design (I am betting that you will too!), so that seemed like a good idea to me anyway!
I had several favorites, including the first project. One was a stunning "Bow Tie" bracelet, and one was a "Celtic Knot". I loved the look of both of these.
Most of the wire wrapping is done with half hard wire, something I have never used in my work. Many of the tools are strangers to me, although I own a few of certain ones required (like step-nose pliers and a mandrel) and have not used them yet. However, now I am raring to go, thanks to Linda and Christine, who infuse their creations and writing style with joy, charm, humor and beauty!
Yes! I want to make this type of jewelry! All of these great looks are so beautiful! And when I am done following their clear instructions, I will have one or many brilliant creations. I know I will love it when people ask, "Where did you GET that?" and I can say, "I made it, MYSELF! With a little help from my friends, Linda and Chris!"
What would be helpful in the book would be to provide a complete 'shopping list' of all the materials needed for all the projects...a "shopping list". The projects in the book are co-dependent on each other and get progressively more complicated. If one were to use this book as a 'tutorial' to learn wire wrapping, then a list of the course materials is essential. I wound up creating an excel spreadsheet to determine all the materials, and then spent several days tracking down the various wires needed from suppliers. Be aware, that precious wire costs are dictated by a fluctuating market. I would have liked to have seen a reference to the materials aspect in this book with a list of affordable wire substitutes. For example, substitute 20g gold filled with 20g artist wire or 22g copper.
All in all for the price, this is a handy book to add to your jewelery making reference collection. The photos are excellent!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting book! Looking forward to try Making some of the jewelry.Published 2 months ago by Rose Balazs
Great photos, clear instructions on the various techniques the author uses. I was already an experienced wire wrap artist when I purchased this book, I have been making wire wrap... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jeff Privett
Very informative. Easy to understand. Good pictures that coordinate with instructions.Published 7 months ago by Gina Smith
Love this book. Lots of unique bracelet designs and even variations of those. If your making bracelets for yourself or to sell this is the book for you. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ronald W. Jenkins