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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (30 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896896684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896896680
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.9 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,107,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Ray has written three Krause Publication books: The Art & Soul of Glass Beads, and Easy Beaded Jewelry, Organic Beaded Jewelry and her new book, Beaded Jewelry: The Complete Guide. Susan is currently working on her new website, beadasimplelife.com

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By S. A. Wade on 14 July 2014
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Love the illustratuions and good for inspiration
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By Mrs W on 7 April 2014
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The book has great photos of the projects with concise instructions listing all the elements you need to construct a piece of jewellery.
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By Helen K on 7 Oct 2010
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This book could have been so much better than it is. It is slightly confusing as the author tends to jump around demonstrating different techniques whilst trying to convey a totally different project to the reader. There are pictures of other items on the page which don't have any instructions and there doesn't seem to be any order to the book at all, not many projects either actually. I have previously purchased an economy coiling gizmo which is featured in the book but some of the projects call for a deluxe gizmo and couldn't be made without one; likewise many of the projects are completed on a wigjig, so if you don't have one of these you can't do them. The picture on the front cover drew me to the book but sadly the content doesn't come up to scratch. It's ok for inspiration but it's not a book for beginner wire workers. All in all a little disappointing.
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THIS ISN'T A BOOK FOR BEGINNERS! 22 May 2008
By Sarie B - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book December of 2007, with the promise that it would be delivered in January. That changed, a couple of times. I finally received it May 20, 2008!

Although I've done some jewelry making, and wireworking, I'm far from an expert, but have successfully created pieces and patterns on both beginner and intermediate levels. Even though there were a number of projects (which included all of the ring projects), out of the 20 offered, that were labeled, "beginner", I would have to disagree. The rest of the bracelets/necklaces were labled "intermediate".

When first trying this art, beginners normally don't have all of the "bells and whistles" that one usually invests in, as they become more proficient, however, there are a number of projects in this book, where the author expects us to have things like WigJig Olympus ($49.95 at their site), WigJig Delphi ($23.97) and WigJig Centaur ($46.95), not to mention the "Professional Deluxe Coiling Gizmo ($199.95! And you still have to provide your own TWO C-clamps for it!!! )She did offer other coiling projects that used the Econo coiling gizmo which runs about $8 or $9. No one, in their right mind is going to invest in a ton of equipment, and tools until they know they can succeed in this artform, and like it!

I also found the pictures provided were sometimes difficult to match with the steps given, and missed the mark when it came to showing what really needed to be shown!

The author also provided us with estimated costs and times regarding each project, and these too, seemed to be unrealistic at times. Some had such wide ranges that she may as well not have included the price. (Has she checked the price of Sterling lately?)

None of the 20 projects were exceptional or unique, and the many rings she included (all beginners level, according to her) were a waste of space.

If I had been able to "thumb through" this book before buying it, I would have never purchased it. It wasn't worth the money or the time invested.
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Beautiful Wire Jewelry 27 May 2008
By Julie Ann - Published on Amazon.com
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I think Susan Ray has done an excellent job with this book. I own 100+ books on jewelry/beading, and this one is on my favorite list.

The designs are basic, but very pretty, and inspiring. One could easily change things up a bit to make it your own. Tons of clear color photos, many which are close ups. There is a section for using the wig-jig included with the directions for working wire by hand.

The estimated prices are off, but the way sterling silver has shot up, it is difficult to keep current. My suggestion would be to add 15-25% to her estimates.

The directions are clear and easy to follow. This would be a good beginner to intermediate book. There is also a 2 page resource guide in the back of the book, after a nice glossary and index.

I love all the color photos, since I seem to be able to relate to them better than hand drawn. I think I'll start on the rings.....
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love this book 24 July 2009
By kathy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is exactly what I was looking for and I really love this book. It has plenty of projects that I want to make with clear instructions on how to do so, including lots of visuals.Making wire components ("P" loop, eye loop,eyepin pendant bail)using only a few simple tools then having projects clearly spelled out using the techniques. Making wire components using a wigjig, which i have but was afraid to try,(chandelier earrings,components/findings that i have found difficult to find) Using a coiling gizmo again a tool I own but have been afraid to try. This book is like taking many different classes only better because you can go at your own pace, focus on the skills and projects you want to learn and not have to worry about forgetting what you've learned.
Great beginner book. 10 Dec 2013
By simply_put - Published on Amazon.com
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Easy to read, easy directions for trying a new craft. I tried several of the patterns and they turned out like they looked.
It repeated a lot of information I already knew, but was worth it just for Sandra Weber's bracelet! 2 Oct 2013
By Poopsie Efficient - Published on Amazon.com
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The title above says it all; a lot of good but repeat information. Still a good reference book to have in my beading library.
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