New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry
You’ll Love This Jewelry Beading Book If:
- You want to create unique wire and bead jewelry pieces including necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings & more
- You love making jewelry & want to take your skills to the next level
- You want to master how to coil, wrap, weave, twist and sculpt wire along with Margot Potter
Create jewelry pieces filled with depth, dimension & excitement with the great wire jewelry making techniques found in this book from Margot Potter. New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry includes 30 complete jewelry making projects featuring how to coil, wrap and twist wire and much more. Learn how to make a bracelet, necklace, earrings, rings and even a tiara with these exceptional tips from Margot Potter.
There are also great projects featuring how to bead wire jewelry using a variety of beads. Incorporate crystal, metal, Lucite, and vintage beads into your jewelry pieces. Learn and master these basic and intermediate jewelry making techniques and you’ll be ready to create unique jewelry pieces of your very own.
In the New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry eBook You’ll Learn:
- How to shape, wrap, twist, coil, and bead wire in new and interesting ways 30 wire-based jewelry projects from start to finish
- How to add crystal, metal, Lucite and vintage beads to your wire jewelry pieces
- How to create 30 jewelry making projects step-by-step with complete and easy to follow instruction
Check Out This Excerpt From New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry:Shaping Wire
Shaping wire is measured in gauges. The gauge refers to the thickness of the wire. The gauge number gets smaller as the wire gets thicker. The thicker the wire, the stiffer and more difficult it is to manipulate; conversely, thicker gauges are stronger and more likely to maintain their shape. You will use a variety of gauges while working with the techniques in this book.
Copper-coated wire: The majority of the wire featured in this book is Artistic Wire, which is a copper wire with a colorful or plated coating. Some is silverplated, some is coated with vivid metallic colors, and some is gold-plated. Artistic Wire is the perfect choice for beginners because of its affordability and versatility. Most coated copper wire has a thin nylon coating to prevent chipping, scratching and tarnishing.
Copper is soft, easy to manipulate and can be work-hardened into a sturdy and stable shape. Work hardening refers to the process of strengthening the metal’s structure as you bend, hammer and shape it, due to the friction these actions cause. All wire can be over-hardened, at which point it becomes brittle; practicing with the wire will help prevent this from happening.
Annealed iron wire: This wire is rather stiff, rusty and rustic. Still, I do love it, and it’s sturdy stuff indeed. It’s found at hardware stores in big rolls. Wipe the rust off with a polishing cloth so your jewelry doesn’t make the wearer rusty.Sterling silver and gold wire: Sterling silver and gold wire are made from precious metals. Precious metal wire comes in three different levels of stiffness: hard, half-hard and dead soft. The stiffness of this wire is measured on a scale from 0—4, working from softest to hardest. The wire becomes stiffer the more it is drawn through the draw plate. Dead soft wire is great for free-form wirework, wrapping around a base, and knitting, weaving and crocheting. It doesn’t retain its shape as well as harder wires. Half-hard wire works well for sharp-edged corners, findings and wrapped bases and more permanent forms, and many people prefer this for wire wrapping. Hard wire is stiffer and has a spring to it, so it maintains a shape with the greatest level of permanence, though it is the most difficult to manipulate. Most designers work with dead soft or half-hard, and it becomes a personal preference in terms of how they use these wires. If you’ve mastered using the base metal wires and you want to take your work upscale, you’ll want to explore sterling and gold wire. It’s expensive but beautiful. It’s best to know what you’re doing so you don’t end up with a pile of twisted wreckage. Practice with base metal, and then graduate to precious metal. Or, if you’re like me, work with whatever strikes your fancy and fits your bank account. If you want a more upscale, fine product, precious metal wire will deliver. Titanium wire: This is the most flexible, malleable wire with which I’ve ever worked. It’s great for satisfying wire projects, and it comes in a variety of vibrant colors. It won’t provide the same strength or structure as other wires, but it’s a fun material to add to your coffers.
Memory wire: Memory wire is a stainless steel wire that has been permanently formed into a shape. It’s a perfect foundation wire that retains its stiffness, and it can also be cut into small segments that can be beaded and added to designs.
A Word From the Author:
"We’ll explore wire wrapping, twisting, coiling, crochet, jigs, chain maille and more. We’ll create architecturally and sculpturally inspired designs with beading wire and beads. We’ll find new pathways of creative exploration and wander down them to see what we might discover. We’ll make some interesting discoveries and a few glorious mistakes. Along the way, we’ll hopefully learn some new techniques and form some fresh ideas." — Margot Potter
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