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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600611575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611575
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Samantha Lopez studied fine art at the Pratt Institute of Art and Design in New York City, where she received her degree with a concentration in sculpture. Since 2004, She has been selling jewelry through her Web site, Knotstudio.com, and at select boutiques in the New York City area. Her work has been featured in several online publications, including coutorture.com and stylehive.com, in the Swiss magazine XOXO, and on the television show Vivo.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jo Goldsmith on June 28, 2009
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The author's writing is wonderful as she explains how she got into the field, but the projects themselves are nothing special. The photography of the plants that are the background for the jewelry is much nicer than the work itself. The options for metals are several, but all projects are done in the expensive silver, not allowing the reader to truly determine if less expensive craft wire will produce anything nice.
The author contends that one need not know how to knit prior to picking up the book. That is a farcical statement. Had I not known how to knit, I'd not have the vaguest notion of how to create the projects.
Very, very disappointing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynne E. TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 9, 2012
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What I like most about KNITTED WIRE JEWELRY is that the finished pieces look like commercial jewelry, because they're made entirely of metal wire, sheet metal, and semiprecious stones. I purchased the book because I liked the necklace on the book's cover: that design is fairly representative of the pieces in the book.

This book is an excellent addition to a knitter's technical bookshelf. About one-third of the book is devoted to tools, choosing materials, wire knitting techniques, and knitted jewelry techniques (e.g., wrapping wire, adding beads, forming sheet metal, applying a patina). The techniques are explained step by step, and the steps are clearly illustrated with large full-color photos.

There are patterns for rings (5), earrings (6), bracelets (7), and necklaces (7). My favorite patterns are the Lily Necklace (the cover design), the Viking necklace, bracelet, and hoops (simple knitted metal cords), the Mixed-Link Bracelet (three sheet metal rectangles with knitted interiors, all linked together with knitted cords), the Leaf Earrings (a single leaf with wrapped-wire veins), and the Opal Rectangle Earrings (long, dangly strips with single pear-cut Peruvian Opals attached as pendants).

Probably I'll never actually make any of these pieces, but the book gives me all the information I need to create my own professional-looking wire jewelry based on knitting techniques. Two other good books on knitted wire jewelry are Nancie Wiseman's Knitting with Wire, and Annie Modesitt's Twist and Loop: Dozens of Jewelry Designs to Knit and Crochet with Wire. Of the three, I like KNITTED WIRE JEWELRY the best, because of the excellent photographs illustrating the techniques, and the elegant simplicity of the designs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By theola monnie on November 11, 2013
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Miss-matched for my skill level. I look forward to the benefits of the book when as I become more proficient as a craftman. In the meantime, have passed it to my sister-in-law who is thrilled to have it!
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I really wish I could ask the book publishers who decide what to include in the preview just exactly what the hell they're thinking. I don't need a bunch of info about findings or how to knit; I can find that info any number of places. What I want to find out from the preview is what PROJECTS the book offers, not a bunch of worthless info.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moon on January 20, 2013
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If you are thinking of knitting with wire for the first time this is a great book as it takes you from A-Z.
If you are an experinced wire knitter it will provide you with new inspiration. Excellent instructions and layout.
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There is a good reason the preview of this book doesn't feature photos of the projects other than the cover necklace! I appreciate the techniques given, and they are very well done. Can't imagine what another reviewer was thinking to have stated that the projects look like "commercial jewelry" because they are very uneven and unattractive. This could have been a great book, far above the rest because of the how-to information. That's the only reason I could give it a 3-star rating.
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This is really a very well explained guide and quite easy to follow. Instruments, tools, and materials are also exlpained, and there is a good deal of easy but impressive jewelry models. I don't rate it 5 only because I expected them to be more, but those available are also a good start for a beginner.
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