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Woven Wire Jewelry: Contemporary Designs and Creative Techniques (Beadwork How-To)

Woven Wire Jewelry: Contemporary Designs and Creative Techniques (Beadwork How-To) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Chandler , Christine Ritchey
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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This book starts with an inspirational introduction - it encourages the reader to 'play' and be creative. One point must be made regarding this book, before starting get yourself familiar with soldering. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't purchase this wonderful book, but that a bit of groundwork should be done whilst being inspired by the work pictured within its pages. There is good information regarding tools and safety at first before starting on the techniques section. The designers (Linda Chandler and her best student, Christine Ritchey) show how to weave wire using wires of varying thickness to create wonderful pieces of jewellery (including fine silver wire). One downside if you're curious about using PMC or Precious Metal Clay is that you would either need to purchase a small kiln or have access to one, but this shouldn't dissuade you as you can certainly concentrate on the wire weaving section of this book until you choose to embark upon embellishing work with PMC, which certainly is a fascinating product. The five projects are nicely laid out ranging from easy to advanced, with clear photographs and make elegant pieces which start with a simple woven bracelet and concludes with a pendant with a woven frame. The book includes a good resource list and has a gallery which should inspire those wishing to take this craft further. One thing to take into account is that you will have to practice to be able to calculate the amount of wire needed, but if you read through the book thoroughly before starting on the projects you will b able to do this once you know the wire lengths and cuts. All in all a really inspiring book for those who wish to create beautiful, fine jewellery and I can certainly see some using PMC to add symbolic stones or craft spiritual items. --Pentacle, Summer 08

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A new wire weaving technique that varies the number of wires and their thickness to create stunningly beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and pendants is introduced in this guide. Project instructions go well beyond simple line drawings to show the assembly process of each piece in a series of step-by-step photographs. The nine projects begin with an elegantly simple woven bracelet and move on to more dramatic projects that include a domed cuff bracelet with soldered bead ends, a free-form bracelet, a woven neck piece, and a pendant with a woven frame. Projects range in difficulty from easy to advanced, and many can be completed without soldering.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10635 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (10 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH40UQA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Firstly this book a is a visual delight, with lots of great full color images of some stunning hand made pieces. All the projects are relatively simple, the greatest skill being patience. I note that many of these designs can be created without the need for soldering. The book also covers the use of precious metal clay (PMC) and gives some great ideas on incorporating it into the woven pieces. If you are into Celtic jewelery (as I am) then this book will definitely give you some inspiration as well as few new ways of working. Well worth the money for any jewelery maker. You'll enjoy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-buy book for any wireworker 9 Oct 2009
This is a lovely book, and makes a great job of teaching you how to do basic weaves to great and stunning effects in jewellery. It is let down by the lack of variety of weaves and the fact that the 'gallery' section (which I assume is for inspiration purposes) shows a couple of beautiful weaves that the book does not teach you. That little disappointment aside this is still a favourite book of mine. Once you have learnt the basic technique the weaves are quite easy but look incredible. If you are interested in any form of wirewrapping jewellery then I would recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very limited 18 April 2010
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I was quite dissapointed when I got this book, the designs in it while very pretty are all the same weave over and over, it looks like it has lots of information but in fact it just has very detailed step by step pictures, for a complete beginner it would be good but not terribly exciting, for anyone who has already some experience of wire and or weaving, don't bother.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely for the serious wire-worker 3 Jun 2013
By M Poole
Beautiful pieces are the norm in this book, with lots of inspiration for creating your own work. There are useful sections on tools and basic techniques but much of what is in this book might just _possibly_ put off a beginner because of the complexity of the work. The photography is superb, the pieces are definitely gorgeous but it's more of an eye-candy than a hands-on book.

Worth the money for the ideas it will give you but it falls short of a five-star rating because it could be more informative on techniques and patterns.
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