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Timeless Wire Weaving: The Complete Course Paperback – October 7, 2014
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Nitty gritty about the book: The tutorials are very well laid out starting with a brief description of the tools you will need, wire, their gauges, and which tempers she prefers to use in her weaving and why. She then teaches you about each weave she will use in the book as well as her method for teaching them to you. She includes recipes for both lump and gel liver of sulfur and while she does not show all of her projects finished with this patina, you can see what kind of beauty it can add to the depth of a piece when the steps she gives you are done. Some of her pieces are left to patina on their own naturally and look just as stunning. There is also a whole section devoted to some of the techniques she uses to finish her pieces (which you can see just on the one cuff on the cover as an example.) She shows how to make her style of "gooseneck" hook closures as well as the way she embellishes her jewelry with beads.
The book is then separated into project chapters by difficulty (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) with each difficulty having 4 projects in each and the advanced one having 5 projects. Followed lastly by a smaller gallery showcase of her work. Now I do say "smaller gallery" of her work because in the 3 years that I have been following her work, she has amassed a crazy amount of work that could fit many, many more pages than they had included. I wish they would have included just a few more of her works as her work is just incredible.
For those that may be intimidated by the thought of trying this style of wirework out, let me say this: Lisa has made it very, very approachable! There are step by step pictures and thorough explanations for each tutorial. Each and every one of these projects is doable. There are projects that use cabochons and instead of using cabochons that you will never see that size of or a cabochon that you will never ever find, Lisa not only uses somewhat standard size cabochons, she tells you how to upsize or downsize the pattern of the wirework to make it fit the cabochon that you are using. This, to me, is highly important!
If you are just starting out and this is your first time wire working and you want to see results fast, I would recommend starting with Spiral Woven Hoops. It is the very first project in the book and it was one of the projects that I had happened to purchase from her Etsy store. They do not take long to make, but they look like you spent hours on. They also teach you some really great basics on weaving and controlling your wire.
There are not enough great things that I can say about the book and the author. There were not a lot of negatives I could say other than what I had pointed out, such as wishing there were a few more pictures of some of her work. I would have loved for them to include, for instance, a couple variations the "Mirror Image Bracelet." This bracelet has the ability to have so many variations depending on stone placement and weave placement based on just how you weave it. I learned that just by seeing some of Lisa's work on other sites.
I hope my review helps someone who may be on the fence on whether to get this book or not. For me, it was worth every second I waited for it. :)
I first saw her work on facebook. I stumbled upon one of her pieces on a facebook group. I'm not sure which one. Here is a link to her facebook page in case you'd like to look her up and see what she is currently producing https://www.facebook.com/lisa.l.barth .