Want to Get Started with Wire? My Top Five Picks for Easy Wire Books!

Who would ever have thought that I would become so enamored of working with wire? Certainly not me! Wire always seemed to be such an intimidating medium for jewelry-making, and wire jewelry was always something that I admired on other people, but never really felt comfortable making on my own.

Well. All that changed when I got my hands on a couple of these fabulous books about how to make wire jewelry! There's something reassuring about step-by-step photos and detailed instructions that just make me feel like I can do anything! Are you ready for a few wire jewelry making success stories? Check out my top five picks for great books about wire jewelry making to get you started in the wonderful world of wire:

This is really the book that started it all for me with wire jewelry making projects. I've never felt very inspired to make intricate beaded earrings, but in Denise Peck's 101 Wire Earrings, I found all the great earring projects that I need to go with my beaded necklaces! What I loved most about this book is that there were great projects for every skill level. After mastering the easy earring making projects, I found myself wanting more. More wire, more tools, and more beads!
Making great wire jewelry doesn't stop at just earrings. When I make my one-of-a-kind beaded necklaces, I usually want a unique clasp to finish them. What could be more unique than making a clasp yourself? Flipping through Handcrafted Wire Findings  by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson showed me just how easy it is to make your own jewelry findings like ear wires, clasps, links, and bails for all my beading projects. If you're a real do-it-yourself kind of beader, this book will inspire you to start making all of your jewelry findings by hand!
I hope there are a few hard-core seed beaders reading this, and for them, I'd also like to include Rachel Nelson-Smith's innovative book, Seed Bead Fusion. If you're wondering how you can combine your new wire jewelry making skills with the seed beads that you so love, this is the book for you. I was skeptical when I first received my copy, thinking that there was no way anyone could ever convert this seed beader into a wire jewelry fan, but Rachel's brilliantly designed seed bead pieces are the best of both worlds. My favorite projects from the book? Her Bhangra Fusion Bangle and Marquis Component Necklace made me feel like a wire jewelry making pro by the time I was finished with them!
Once I had a little more wire jewelry making experience, I dove into Wire Style with unbridled glee. Packed with amazing wire jewelry designs from some of the beading world's best-known designers, I found loads of inspiration for turning my favorite handmade lampwork glass beads into simple, sophisticated wire jewelry. But don't feel intimidated: even if you're an adventurous beginner, these wire jewelry projects are perfect for practicing basic wire jewelry making skills!

Last but not least, if you've never made anything with wire and you're not sure where to start, I can highly recommend Linda Jones' wonderful book, Making Colorful Wire and Beaded Jewelry. Geared for those of us who love beads, but have no idea how to use them with wire, you'll find dozens of fabulous and easy wire jewelry making projects that teach you the basic skills of wire jewelry making. You'll coil, twist, and squiggle wire into very wearable pieces of jewelry that really show off all your favorite beads!

One more thing that all of these books have in common? They're all on sale during the Interweave Hurt Book Sale! All of these titles, plus many more of your favorite beading and jewelry making books, are all on sale through June 12, 2012 for up to 70% off!

Have you found a particular wire work book to be helpful in your wire jewelry making journey? Share your favorite titles by leaving a comment on the blog!

Bead Happy,


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