Featuring original ideas from top jewelry designers, this collection covers a range of contemporary and stylish projects, such as bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and pendants. Beginning with a primer on basic tools and techniques and covering fundamental wire-working skills in detail, including wire-wrapping, weaving, coiling, chain-making, hammering, texturing, and oxidizing, this guide helps jewelry makers of all skills levels develop a range of talents. Each project includes a comprehensive materials list and step-by-step instructions that guide crafters through a variety of projects, including wrapping found objects with wire, making chain mail, creating spirals, straightening wire, making jump rings and ear wires, and creating clasps. Constructed with many different materials--from precious metals to plated and colored wire--these striking creations are a mix of funky and fabulous wire designs combined with stones, beads, and cords to create an interesting and eclectic jewelry collection.
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Denise Peck is the editor in chief of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine and a senior editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist. She lives in Philadelphia.Review:
"There are some truly stunning pieces in here, showcasing the arcane delights of wire work." - myshelf.com
"Gives you the scoop on working with wire." - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
"I would recommend this book to beginners who wants to learn some fairly simple wire jewelry techniques as well as more advanced jewelry makers who are looking for more wire jewelry designs." - About.com Guide to Jewelry Making
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