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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159668707X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596687073
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cindy Wimmer's wire projects have been published in both national and international jewelry magazines. She is a frequent contributor to Interweave publications and is the co-founder of ArtBLISS Workshops.


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Customer Reviews

Can't wait to start making them.
Mary Rembach
The clear, concise instructions are easy to understand and they are accompanied by truly great photos as well.
Shel
Love all the great new ideas for links.
Carolyn Upton Miller

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Patti Van on October 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
I was lucky enough to receive this book directly from the author about 3 weeks ago. I have ALWAYS admired Cindy's impeccable wire wrapping skills and was waiting for the day when she finally shared her knowledge! I have eagerly worked my way through about 15 of the 30 links and I can honestly say that I have NEVER been this inspired by a book before -- and my shelves overflow with jewelry making instruction books! The beauty of book is in its title, The Missing Link. Each link can be used in so many different designs - earrings, necklaces, bracelets. One is not limited to the designs in the book, which in my opinion are drool worthy in and of themselves. I will admit - some of these links are challenging, but definitely doable! Step by step instructions are accompanied with clear photos, and the book is loaded with an arsenal of tips, as well. Too bad my review cannot include another star - my best book purchase so far!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mary Rembach on October 16, 2013
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I would give this book 10 stars if I could. It is BY FAR the best wire jewelry "how to" book I have seen to date and I have many books. All of the 30 links are great and I can think of many, many ways to incorporate them in designs. In addition there are 15 projects using the links taught.

Can't wait to start making them. Thanks Cindy Wimmer for a AAA wire jewelry book.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Latina Gilyard on October 15, 2013
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I received this book in the mail a few hours ago.

Just looking through it on here convinced me that I would not like the jewelry projects. I didn't buy it for that reason though I did find two projects that I liked. One is an asymmetrical necklace design called "Buzz me in" with beads on one side and links on the other and the "Ode to Downtown Abbey" necklace design that mixes pearls, links, flowers, and vintage buckles.

As I said though, I did not purchase this book for jewelry design as I have lots of books on that and have designed enough pieces in my head that I didn't need another book for that purpose. I bought this book for the sake of some ingenious ideas for wire links and in that it does not disappoint. There are indeed 30 very different looking link designs ranging in a scale from "easy" to "more challenging." I love this book and already have a necklace design, using the triangular links and the ones that look like flowers, in my head. It is that inspiring.
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Cindy Wimmer is the best wire worker I have seen come to the fore in recent years. In this book,
THE MISSING LINK, she devotes her skills to sharing her knowledge of creating inventive and unique wire links. These links enable the jewelry designer, no matter what kind of beads or whatever he or she prefers to work with, to add depth to any sort of design.

As you will see, the book is basically two books in one.

The first section teaches the reader how to make the links which will then be employed in all sorts of cool and inspiring ways, by the author and some of her famous and very creative friends, including Christine Damm, Lori Anderson, Kerry Bogert, Tracy Statler, and Diane Cook. This quintet "quintuples" the fun, as all of them design differently, and yet the links created by the author play an elemental and intriguing part in each project.

The basic point the author makes, and makes very clearly and well, leads off her introduction.

Here, she says, "The wire link as a functional component is at the heart of handcrafted jewelry."

She is so right!
And off she goes to prove it, in a most instructive and entertaining way.

After the sections on wire, tools and techniques (the last of which has lots of great tips) comes the first major part of the book.
This is titled: "Now Starring: The Wire Links".
In this section the reader gets a great selection of thirty different wire links which are absolutely wonderful and great. The author gives you a level of difficulty on each link, and lots of tips are given here as well on how to make what you have decided to create even better. Some of these rings are so neat it is fun just to discover what can be done with some very simple tools and some wire.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By crafty on October 21, 2013
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This looks like a very useful book. Hopefully, the author is working on another book!

Unfortunately, due to space limitations, important steps/pictures are not there.
I'm referring to Step 8 (page 57), Birthday Bow. Step 8 REALLY needs a picture of the back of the link. When trying to wrap the wire, the wire broke.

Because of this problem, I discovered a much easier and quicker way to make these cute links.

Working off the spool of 16 gauge wire, I made a coil. Then using Wubbers (large/large diameter), I made the 8 link. Cut the wire, bend the coil over the 8 link. You can make these links very quickly. Once you start doing it, it will make sense! A minor adjustment might be needed when bending the coil over the link.

Good luck!

MESSAGE TO CINDY WIMMER!

I don't know when I've had so much fun making links!

Thank you!

On page 8 of your book, there looks like a large number of different links.

How about a book of some of those?

Thanks!
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