"A wonderful book. I found many of the designs to be both practical as far as being wearable and attractive, not your typical wire wrapped jewelry." - "About.com Guide to Sewing"
Intermediate jewelry artists seeking new design possibilities can learn step-by-step instructions on how to wire-wrap using faceted stones, how to create pendants with any size or shape or faceted stone, how to use several methods of working with and setting faceted stones, plus mixing wire gauges and tempers to create stable and creative pieces.
In Wirework, Dale "Cougar" Armstrong showcases her classic jewelry style and shows how to create beautiful custom bracelets, necklaces, pendants, earrings, and rings in 18 projects. You'll learn:
- how to work with half-hard wire; when to use other tempers and why
- Dale's favorite tools and proper tool usage
- using geometry in wire-jewelry functions; making the "right" right angles; shaping with and without mandrels; using "found" items for shaping; when and how to use snap-set components; choosing the right cabochons and gemstones
Wirework will challenge artists to be creative, think outside the box, and transform jewelry into their own style.