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The projects in this book are stunning. This book will inspire you to take the plunge into wire wrapping. The instructions seemed very easy to follow. Not only does each designer share their project with us they also give us ways to get to know them each better by very graciously submitting their websites. --Jackie Marchant, jaaquelinesjewels.com


What makes the project instructions absolutely fabulous for people just beginning to work with wire is that they are very comprehensive with photos, illustrations and written instructions that take people step by step through creating uniform curves, spirals and waves in their projects. They show the various mandrels used and the mandrels are affordable. ...So it helps beginning designers to see outside the expensive equipment and into what's easily available in their own home. --Shala Kerrigan, Bellaonline's beadwork editor

“There is something here for every level of crafter who works with beads and wire, from simple drop earrings to elaborately wire-wrapped pendants and decoratively linked chains. The strong suit of this book—like other Lark publications—is the accompanying close-up photographs and comprehensive illustrations. An introductory chapter on the many different tools and techniques used throughout is also very helpful, and some are sure to be new to even highly experienced jewelry makers… This is a book whose projects will keep crafters engaged and challenged and should lead them forward in their own designs.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“None of the pieces are difficult, and even the ones that are more time-consuming or precise have excellent directions to make them easier!” —Beading Arts
 
“Wondrous and fun projects with easy techniques even beginners can get a hold of and flourish.” —Midwest Book Review

From the Author

A lot has been happening in bead and wire since the publication of Contemporary Bead & Wire Jewelry, my last book (with co-author Nathalie Mornu) on the subject. Looking at the latest work of crafters and designers all over the globe, I could see they'd been busy singing new songs with their basic jewelry vocabulary. So many bold designs, unique flourishes, and fresh finishes made it hard to know where to begin with a new book.
I decided to look for projects that seemed to hold as much of an intriguing challenge as those in CBWJ. That meant finding work that used an excitingly modern mastery of (mostly) familiar materials and techniques. I wanted each piece in Bewitching Bead & Wire Jewelry to be the expression of a creative process just complex enough to defy easy understanding. Even after months of photographing the pieces and editing the how-tos, to me this work still has that elusive and sparkling allure. I am thrilled to present these superb new bead-and-wire projects to jewelry crafters everywhere.
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Product Details

  • Series: Lark Jewelry & Beading
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454707569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454707561
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,367,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2013
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Bewitching Bead and Wire Jewelry- Easy Techniques for 40 Irresistible Projects is a collection by various designers of wire jewelry design that's creative, interesting and still manages to be written for the absolute beginner.

The pieces are gorgeous, they use a variety of techniques and mandrels. They are interesting and colorful. Very wearable art, the sort of things anyone could wear to any occasion and still unique enough to get commented on and noticed.

The introduction covers the basics of wire working with good illustrations and tips. The techniques are easy to understand, and so is the introduction to tools and supplies. There is also a wire gauge chart at the end of the book for help making conversions if you're switching wire types.

What makes the project instructions absolutely fabulous for people just beginning to work with wire is that they are very comprehensive with photos, illustrations and written instructions that take people step by step through creating uniform curves, spirals and waves in their projects. They show the various mandrels used and the mandrels are affordable. You have some specialty plier types which are easily found and affordable. The mandrels themselves are made from bottles, glasses, and round stick pens! So it helps beginning designers to see outside the expensive equipment and into what's easily available in their own home.
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I actually wasn't a huge fan of the book. I didn't really like a lot of the projects in it (in fact I thought a lot of them looked ugly. What's with all the rusty wire? Gross.) The overall layout and design of the book wasn't very visually appealing and seemed really dated. It's got some unique ideas and tips that might be useful to some beginning beaders/wire workers, but nothing too impressive. I didn't find a lot of the designs to be very stylish or visually appealing. I would not recommend it
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I just received a copy of this book and am so excited to get started! I have never made bead-and-wire jewelry before, but Suzanne makes it look so easy. The only hard part will be deciding what to make first! Well, it may also be hard to decide which pieces to keep and which to give away as gifts...

The front section of the book is a nice introduction to the tools, materials, and techniques of beading. It looks very friendly and easy to follow. Not intimidating! It makes me say, hey, I feel like I can do this! There is an index in the back, which I always appreciate.

Then there is the jewelry! All kinds of styles, so there is something for everyone. And you aren't just stringing together pre-made chains and findings from the craft store: you learn how to make your own pretty chains and unique clasps. There are some really cool designs to choose from, and I bet once I try a few they will inspire me to mix-and-match, or maybe even design my own.

There are lots of close-up photos and step-by-step instructions, plus very clear illustrations to show you just how to do it.

I'm already picking out which ones to make and give for Christmas!

Love this book! I will look for more by the same author.
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The 40 designs in this book range from classic, wedding-appropriate pieces to pirate-girl fancies. The bead and wire artists share step-by-step instructions on how to recreate them all. Their tried-and-true techniques get some of the freshest treatments being used today. Bewitching Bead & Wire Jewelry's bright, clean design makes all of the how-to easy to follow. I recommend it to any bead-obsessed wire jeweler looking for visual inspiration to spark your own work.
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Really wonderful wire designs. Great illustrations. Instructions are well written, not intimidating at all. Totally worth buying.
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