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Beautiful Wire Jewelry for Beaders: Creative Wirework Projects for All Levels Paperback – February 10, 2009
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This book is very well thought out, and gave me many ideas to tweak my existing style and techniques, in fact some techniques that I have been scouring around for turned up in the advanced section (pg 78 Beaded Leaf). Instructions are clear for the beginner, and creations vary nicely so that it is not page after page of repeated ideas. I consider myself an intermediate-advanced wireworker and this book is truly a great addition to my reference library. True, many of the design concepts have at one time or another turned up in Step by Step wire magazine or other beading magazines, but this is a great comprehensive collection where they are all in one place.
I love how the book is sectioned off and color coded on the exterior pages, so that if you want to go directly to the intermediate section you just have to flip to the brown pages, the advanced section is color coded in green. This is a GREAT idea.
What makes it good? For one thing, it is arranged very nicely: if you like, you can give yourself a full course, even if you haven't tried any wire worked jewelry before, ever. The author makes sure that she shows the tools and quick techniques right up front and then she catches your eye with a set of beginner projects which are stunning and tempting enough even for seasoned wire workers. For example: her blue toned "Burst of Color" necklace and earring set was lovely...so special it made me want to get out my pliers right then and there! Although I can make things like this already, I haven't made this. But now I want to!
I think that whether you already know how to make her projects or not is not the point...Irina has a true sense of beauty when she creates.
She is also very playful. You can see this sense of playfulness appear more and more when she is released from the strictures of having to keep things more simple. For example, in her intermediate section, she has a project with a number of variations called "Wire Wrapped Heart". It is GREAT! Having the variations (she wraps a drusy, a sand dollar, and more!) really expands your understanding of what you are doing, and it is as if you are taking a class with a teacher right in your own home. I like the section in the intermediate part on how to make your own findings as well. I am always curious about other designer's work and she has a noticable amount of fun with these.Read more ›
Most wire jewelry books usually cover just one aspect of wire work such as basic and wrapped loops or maybe its devoted to wire binding.This book is very well thought out. The beginning of the book show some wire baskets she made as a child and she proves herself as a master wire worker.
Irina Meich covers a broad spectrum of techniques such as basic and wrapped loops, jump rings, making components. However, she also adds a variety of cabochon wraps and other techniques for stones without holes. There are also wire-shaping techniques in the advanced section.
Each project has clearly written step-by-step instructions and photographs
along with a gallery of variations once the technique is mastered.
The design are fresh but they are also classic at the same time and won't look dated as jewelry trends come and go.
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I love this book. I enjoy trying the projects and learn so much. I look at this book very often to get ideas and learn new things every time.Published 3 months ago by J. Hausmann
Good design ideas as well as helpful tips for working with various different metals.Published 7 months ago by William Stratford
Great ideas here for all levels and good instructions.
The book was used, but in great condition as described.