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Bead and Wire Jewellery for Special Occasions: 35 Step-by-step Projects for Birthdays, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and More Paperback – 1 Sep 2007
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About the Author
Linda Jones studied jewelry making in London. She began making metal jewelry for friends, then progressed to teaching and demonstrating wire jewelry techniques. She is now an established jewelry designer and teacher. She also makes a popular range of bespoke wedding jewelry and specialises in one-off commissions.
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This book has helped to enthuse me with wire jewellery making.
I would suggest that this book is not for beginners, as some knowledge of wire work is necessary. The photographs are clear and the techniques are well explained.
The projects are useful and variations of a project are also shown.
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I've always been interested in jewellery making but until recently, I'd just been content beading things onto string and tying a knot at the end! I was looking for a book that would show me what else was possible if I started using wire.
The book begins by covering the basic techniques and equipment that will be used for the projects (e.g. how to make spirals and your own clasps) The book will show you how to make a variety of necklaces, hair pins, rings, bracelets and a tiara. The projects themselves vary in difficulty and cover an excellent range of pieces you could make for both special occasions and everyday wear. I like that there are different styles: young modern styles and also more elegant classic styles.
Instructions for the most part are easy to follow and where you might struggle, the pictures are usually helpful. Having said this though I have to add that the one let down with this book is the pictures. Some of the finished pieces and instructional shots that have been taken on a white background, don't show up too well and it's difficult to see clearly what you should be doing. Don't get me wrong - it's not a huge complaint and some people may not find it an issue but I do think it would have been better if the jewellery had been photographed with a coloured background!
To summarize, this book is great for beginners as well as those with some experience. If you are more advanced and have lots of other books already, this book will probably not be too inspirational as you are likely to be familiar with similar designs and the techniques used. My favourite pieces so far have to be the wire heart-link chain, the swirly ring and the beaded Christmas star pendant. The designs can be adapted as you grow more confident and I'm really looking forward to trying out some of the more difficult-looking designs, like the tiara!
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