Jewelry Studio Wire Wrapping
Wire is a favorite design material for jewelry artists, allowing for the creation of simple loops and embellishments to more involved, intricate pieces. In Jewelry Studio: Wire Wrapping, Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey-the best-selling authors of Woven Wire Jewelry and Getting Started Making Wire Jewelry and more-take the mystery out of wire wrapping and share their insider secrets for making gorgeous jewelry from bundles of joined wire, no soldering required! This technique allows the jewelry maker to create timeless, elegant pieces that are beautifully simple to elaborately complex.
Starting with a discussion of safety, tools and materials-including the types of metals appropriate for wire wrapping-and helpful tips, tricks, and techniques necessary before beginning a first project, the authors cover all of the basics of this deceptively simple technique. Using detailed process photography, Jewelry Studio: Wire Wrapping shows all the basics of wire wrapping step by step then takes the reader through progressive skill building projects to teach a range of wrapping techniques. Projects include bracelets, earrings, pins, and wire wrapped pendants and also include instructions for the highly sought-after wire-wrapped cabochon. Before you know it you'll be creating an elegant bow tie bracelet, a celtic link bracelet with matching earrings, a wire wrapped ring, a beautiful bracelet with coils, and more!
Reviews: "An excellent book."-About.com Guide to Jewelry Making
"Clear, detailed photos accompanying the instructions make them easy to follow... A fun and useful book for beginners."-Booklist
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- Great Book
- Must have book for wire artists
- Excellent projects that start with basics and advance skill levels. I use this book all the time for reference (Posted on 9/4/2015)
- My kind of book
- Love this book. Great Directions (Posted on 4/11/2015)
- Lovely projects; clear instructions
The projects offered in this book are almost irresistible. The instructions for each project are clear accompanied by very good photographs. Most valuable is the text that explains not only what to do but which also points out steps of the process where extreme care must be taken to make sure the project turns out correctly. I don't know whether someone experienced in wire wrapping will find this book as helpful as I have, but for a raw beginner this is excellent.
The photos are a bit misleading as the projects are done in gold and sterling wire, so they offer what CAN be done. The authors make clear that beginners should work with less expensive copper wire to achieve the skill level necessary to make the later investment in gold and silver worthwhile. They also provide a number of web sites for places where materials as well as tools can be acquired.
Like most new areas of artistic endeavor, the upfront cost of tools and materials is not insignificant. The authors provide a good section on tools and materials. Each project has a clear list of materials.
As the authors admit one of their projects is not really wire-wrapping, although this is the project I'll do first. The Celtic knot bracelet is a wire working project I've admired in other places, and the 'secret' to creating this design is an unexpected bonus.
(Posted on 3/8/2015)
- Very Easy to Follow
- Great book with easily followed directions. (Posted on 3/8/2015)
- Very Good Introduction to Wire Wrapping
Very clear pictures, even better text descriptions with step-by-step discussions of exactly what to pay attention to in the process. A lot of "if this happens, do this", the kind of almost dialogue one would have in a class on this skill. I found this book very helpful to understanding process and the acquisition of skill necessary to accomplish the end products. The pictures are a bit misleading in once sense, as the pieces are done in gold and silver wire, and represent what one can eventually do if the skill level is attained. In fairness, the text admonishes working in copper, providing web sites for acquiring the appropriate copper wire, until skill is mastered and the purchase of gold wire makes more sense.
This book represents an area of work where one will need to acquire materials if one is a beginner. As in all new areas of discipline, the up-front cost of engaging in the projects is a bit daunting, even with copper wire, unless one already owns the tools. There is a good discussion of what tools one should have to do this work, with an explanation of why a specialty tool is more useful than something with other purposes and of how to fine-tune tools one already has to make sure the wire stays unmarked by the tools used.
The pieces offered for projects are beautiful and inviting in their clean lines and the promise that attention to detail and process will result in an ability to duplicate these bracelets.
The nice surprise in the book is a celtic knot bracelet, something I've seen as finished project and have wondered at. And of course, since it's not REALLY wire wrapping, it's what I'll probably complete first, just because it's so lovely.
(Posted on 3/8/2015)
- Excellent resource
- Nice designs with well written instructions. (Posted on 3/8/2015)
- INSPIRING BEAUTY
- This book is beautiful and takes wire wrapping to new levels. From step 1 , clear photos, clear instructions. If you have never done this you will fall in love with this technique. Incredible designs that are easy to follow (Posted on 3/8/2015)
- This is an excellent book for learning wire techniques. I had borrowed it from the library and then purchased it because I look at it so often. (Posted on 7/22/2013)
- Jewelry Studio
- This is a well written instructional book. I can see this will be one of my most well used books in my library. (Posted on 3/23/2012)
- Great Intro to Wire Wrapping
- I was able to make a simple wire-wrapped bracelet after a quick scan through this book. The more advanced projects are going to be lots of fun! (Posted on 1/21/2010)
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