- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman (April 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861088426
- ISBN-13: 978-1861088420
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 121 customer reviews
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Wire Jewelry Masterclass: Wrapped, Coiled and Woven Pieces Using Fine Materials Paperback – April 3, 2012
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In terms of being an actual book (as opposed to an evaluation of the projects, which will come later), this is very nice. The photography is lovely and clear throughout. The steps of each project are illustrated with individual photos and matching instructions. (The photos are kind of small, but I guess I didn't notice so much because I work with a lighted magnifier most of the time, so I could just slide the book under the magnifier if I needed to see better detail.) Every image is in full color and the paper is nice and sturdy. You may have to bend the spine to keep the book open while you work (this is not an issue for me).
A variety of metal finishes are used in this book. I very much like the inclusion of copper, as that is what I have chosen to work with. (I decided I was going to learn everything about one metal, from wire to stamping/embossing on up to copper clay.) But don't feel limited. The bracelet on the cover, for example, could be made with silver or gold or some base metal if that is what you prefer. There is a small amount of information about oxidation and such. I am definitely a fan of the idea of using hardboiled eggs instead of liver of sulfur. (I have a PhD in chemistry and I am averse to using poorly-defined mixtures developed by alchemists. Not only is there a flammability issue with liver of sulfur, but it can have a short shelf life in lump form and the actual mixture isn't very precise, which could lead to results that are not reproducible.)
Moving on: The book is divided into sections with projects of increasing difficulty. One thing I definitely like is the variety. There are necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, but there are also simple clasps and chains (few clasps and chains, but still, they are there). There are also instructions for making your own earring findings (which I may try if I can track down some niobium or titanium wire). So following this book, you will be able to make lots of different things and it has the potential to keep you busy for awhile.
The one criticism I might level is that a fair number of the projects involve taking tiny wire (say, 28 gauge) and wrapping it around fatter wire. This does give some pretty neat results, but later projects in the book start to resemble one another quite a bit.
One note: The author lives in the UK and so most of the suppliers are in the UK. But, these days, it is not hard to do an internet search and find what you need. I actually buy the majority of my wire and tools here on Amazon. (I am just a beginner and pretty happy with what I have purchased so far. I reserve the right to become picky about things later on.)
Overall, though, this is a lovely book with lots of useful information and I am glad I bought it!
The projects are grouped from easy to advanced, and include rings, bracelets, pendants, and necklaces. Within the projects, there are instructions for even more techniques. As someone else mentioned, while some of the projects may not match your personal style, they will provide a lot of inspiration to add to your own style.
I am in love with the lace filigree-inspired cuff and can't wait to have the skill to make it.
I love that this book uses a simplified list of tools and even an alternative way to oxidize metal without liver of sulfur (eggs! whodathunk?). Some books require endless lists of tools that really eat up your wallet. On the other hand, I do wish she had provided a little more detail on selecting tools and differences in materials.