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Great Wire Jewelry: Projects and Techniques

1 rating: 5.0
A book by Irene Peterson

Jewelry is hot, and wire jewelry is sizzling. Based on traditional techniques invented by the Vikings, these 70 gorgeous projects require only a spool of wire, a few simple tools, and this book's helpful guidance. There are enough earrings, bracelets, … see full wiki

Author: Irene Peterson
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc
Date Published: March 01, 1999
1 review about Great Wire Jewelry: Projects and Techniques

Beautiful Projects, Good instructions

  • Apr 28, 2000
Pros: Good clear instructions, good diagrams, illustrations, photos

Cons: Not any

Have you ever admired someone's lovely chain bracelet or necklace? Chainmaking is something most crafters can do well with just a little practice and the acquisition of some metalworking techniques.

This book has 70 projects of varying difficulty with good illustrations and diagrams as well as beautifully photographed completed projects. Each project is marked according to the degree of difficulty with a "viking" symbol, one viking being very easy (even suited for children) up to four vikings which indicates a difficult project.

There is a very good section on Materials, Oxidizing and Polishing which details different types of wire to work with. This includes various grades of silver--from .999 fine to German Silver Wire and also copper, brass and bronze.

The first section deals with Knitted, Twisted, and Braided Wire Jewelry. The section opens with some historical information and then goes on to make suggestions about materials, and a list of tools (which is NOT extensive as far as jewelry making goes!) The instructions start with various "stitches" similar to that found in a knitting or crocheting manual. Working with metal presents special challenges and this is addressed here with very nice illustrations. There are 29 projects in this section which includes chains, rings, bracelets and earrings. Several of the chains will look very familiar to folks who have seen Etruscan jewelry and metalwork. I particularly like the braided ring. The chapter also give good instructions for finishing with suggestions for clasps and findings.

The next section is concerned with making jewelry with rings. By rings it means "jump rings" which are tiny little metal circles. It's very easy to make jump rings and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. The illustrations are very good as well. So much of chain jewelry is based on jump rings, and the many variations demonstrated will delight you. Rope chains, flat chain mail and round chain mail techniques are demonstrated with suggestions for applications. You will find projects for really unique and striking bracelets and necklaces here.

Over all this is a wonderful book. It is a great book for a beginner who is wanting to learn some new crafting ideas or who wants to explore jewelry making.


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