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"There are some truly stunning pieces in here, showcasing the arcane delights of wire work." - myshelf.com

"Gives you the scoop on working with wire." - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

"I would recommend this book to beginners who wants to learn some fairly simple wire jewelry techniques as well as more advanced jewelry makers who are looking for more wire jewelry designs." - About.com Guide to Jewelry Making

About the Author

Denise Peck is the editor in chief of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine and a senior editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. She lives in Philadelphia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Student edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680708
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Denise Peck lives in Philadelphia and is editor-in-chief of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine and senior editor of Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist.
She has a bench jeweler's certificate from Studio Jewelers, Ltd. in NYC, and has been making and selling her own jewelry for over 15 years. She also teaches jewelry-making regularly at Interweave Bead Fest shows in Philadelphia and Santa Fe. Her instructional DVD's on making Viking knit with wire, fusing fine silver wire, and soldering bezels with a micro-torch are available at Interweave.com.

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116 of 118 people found the following review helpful By N. Smith on August 25, 2008
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I love wire working and preordered this book because I liked the cover piece style and figured the odds were good I'd find something with 50 projects. I found I'd only DO about 3 of the 50, hence the 1 star.

This book has some basic chainmaille weaves in necklaces/bracelets, but they're very common and if you'd done any chainmaille jewelry research, you've probably already seen them and know them.

There are a few projects I recognize as being previously published, so a waste if you subscribe to beading magazines.

There are also a lot of the open hook and loose springy/coil designs. I find these completely impractical to wear for anyone that has hair or loves their winter sweaters.

The intro section at the beginning is great, but nothing new. I'd recommend Bead on a Wire by Sharilyn Miller instead of this book. Same great training, lots more designs based on components that serve as inspiration since they're more easily changed/intermixed.

I'll also point out that the picture of the completed project is shown, then it's all written out instructions. There are NO STEP-BY-STEP project photos to assist someone new to wireworking!

To end on a positive note, the 3 I liked were the cover piece "'S' is for Silver", the 4th amazon pic which shows you "Coiled Again" with lampwork beads, and I'll upload a photo of "Industrial Magic" which is a nice way to display glass discs if you like them.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 10, 2008
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Great pictures of finished product. Nice soft color throughout book. But readability? Wow, light green colored-page with slightly darker green font. Mustard-colored page with medium gray font. I strained to read it. And to have a book without step by step instructions with photos is just plain lazy. Like another reviewer here, I've seen nearly all of these projects in other magazines or books. Maybe a couple were new to me. There are many other books out there that actually show you in a picture what the steps should look like. What were you thinking?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paula Johnson on March 12, 2011
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Not a book for beginners. No illustrations to follow written instructions. I've never done work with chain mail and tried "Twisted Bracelet" by Howard Seigel. I gave up after trying to figure exactly what he meant in the intructions, and about ready to give up. The only thing good about this book are the photos.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SCI-FI Nut on February 12, 2011
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I purchased this book in hopes that I could learn some techniques associate with wrapping pendants that are not drilled. It was a total failure in that area, and failed to have any illustrations that were worth while. The design are shotty at best, and most of them are something that I would consider wasting my time building. You can get much better help on YouTube.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By jewelryiam on May 24, 2009
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this book teaches me that i should search inside before buying a book. i loved the cover piece, so i bought it thinking there would be many like designs inside. there aren't. there is nothing wrong with the designs covered, just not exactly what i wanted. my fault.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. Reed on January 17, 2009
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I was really looking forward to this book and wish now I could have seen it before I bought it. Overall the book is very disappointing. Some nice projects, but many of them are very poorly finished particularly some of the chain maille designs by one designer. I don't think they're worthy of being in a book to be quite frank. You expect quality finishing! The major gripe though is the poor layout of the project instructions. There are few to no step-by-step pictures for the actual projects, despite this being advertised on the back cover. This would make the projects very hard for beginners, particularly the complex chain maille ones. My advice would be to use your money for a really good wirework book like Sharilyn Millers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By coricat on December 2, 2008
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i ordered this book based on the strength and beauty of the cover image alone. figuring that even another 25% of the book might be as good as the cover once opened, i was shocked silly by what faced me. there is only one 'bad' item in the entire book and that's really just my taste, not a definitive declaration.

if you can't find it here then it's not to be found! the directions are excellent with plenty of close up visuals where needed. my only complaint is that where the list of materials usually lie there are no specific suppliers for items such as specialty beads and accents and even the wire supplier used. it is becoming a standard amongst the best of books (and more basic) to include this information.

however, i won't take away that fifth star for the above mentioned tidbit because there are two full pages of "Sources" listed in the back of this treasure. i know where some of my holiday season gifts will coming from!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 20, 2009
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t doesn't disappoint. Interweave books are all pretty spectacular, and this one is a cut above most wire wrapping books.
As usual, the first couple of chapters are introduction to tools and techniques. There are lots of pictures and explanations of where and how you use each tool which are well written, and completely demystify things like liver of sulphur and wire gauges. The technique introductions are easy to understand full color photos step by step, and make it very easy for beginners to learn the basics.
Then you get on to the projects, and while some of them are great for beginners, some would be too challenging. The projects are explained in text instructions without pictures, which could be challenging for some beginners. The projects are worth it though. They aren't what most people think of when they think of wire.There are no fancy intricate settings for cabochons or anything like that in this book, it's gorgeously wearable contemporary jewelry, and something for everyone's taste. Ronna Sarvas Weltman's silver and leather bracelet is a wonderful casual piece to wear with a teeshirt and jeans, while Judi L. Bombardier's freshwater pearl bracelet is the sort of thing I'd love to make for my daughter to wear to prom. For sheer understated elegance, editor Denise Peck's briolette earrings are perfect for anything I have to dress up for.
I love this book, I think a lot of beginners will be able to work from the written instructions, but some may need to pick up a book with step by step illustrated projects to get comfortable in the medium. If you've done some wirework before, this book is inspiring and a unique and great addition to your library. I plan to use this book with my 18 yo son who's recently developed an interest in making jewelry with wire, and while I do more doodling in wire then actually having a plan when I start, I do plan to make some of the designs in this treat of a book.
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