Saturday, December 06, 2008
Book Review: Wire Style
Wire Style: 50 Unique Jewelry Designs-Making wire work jewelry is something anyone can try with a minimum of tools and supplies. Doing it well requires good instruction and practice. If you are a wire worker or want to be then this book is one you will put on your holiday wishlist.
Wire Style has fifty designs in styles that range from fun to fabulous. They are constructed with both precious metal and craft wire, gemstones, beads and found objects. There is something to please just about everyone in here.
The book begins with a primer on basic tools and techniques for getting started so even a novice wireworker will be confident to do the projects. The projects are marked as Level 1, 2 and 3, and you will create bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants and even clasps. There are good step-by-step instructions in each project. You will also learn how to antique metal, make chain mail, hammering metal, create spirals, make jump rings, straighten wire, make ear wires, and create clasps. All the skills will help you become more secure with wirework, and you will find yourself wanting to experiment with your new skills. There is also a resource section in the back.
My favorite projects in the book are the "S is for Silver" (the cover image), Silver Springs Bracelet, and Dance all Night necklace. This book is great for beginners and itermediate wire workers. I hope the author does a sequel book with advanced projects to further inspire jewelrymakers.