If you'd like to make jewelry like the bracelet on the cover this is the book to get. It's not for absolute beginners, though - it assumes you know how to handle the basic tools - but for people who have a little experience working with wire and want to expand.
I've made wire wrapped pendants before but wanted to learn new ways to attach stones to bracelets and rings and when I saw the cover picture I knew I found the book I needed. I wasn't disappointed.
The instructions are clear and there are pictures of most of the important steps along the way and many interesting and important hints on how to get a perfect wrap.
Apart from the bracelets I also loved two of the ring projects. Other projects include the more common stone pendant and some earrings.
The only thing that disappointed me was the fact that one of the bracelets pictured at the beginning of the bracelet section that is not part of the projects. It's a variation of one of the rings adapted to a bracelet, so I guess you can get there by using the ring instructions but I was sad not to see it included.
A book for beginners this is not as is skips basics like straightening and hardening the wire but if you know the basics and want to create multi wired designs then get this book. With a section on the tools used and projects for rings, earings, bracelets and necklaces/pendants, all have design notes and suggestion on how to adapt the designs. The pictures and steps are clear and easy to follow , I love just looking through this book and have created some beautiful jewellery.
Have just received this book today & already have read it from cover to cover & watched the DVD. It is an amazing book & I cannot wait to start the projects. I have seen lots of wirework techniques but this book is so easy to understand and projects that looked so hard are shown to be in reality very simple if you just follow the instructions. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to go a step further in their wirework hobby.
Wirework: is not a total beginners book. I found it just right to take me that bit further than I have been with wire before. The pictures and instructions are very clear and easy to follow. The first evening I made one of the projects, the fish, easy to do and it was very much admired. There are enough projects which are harder and more time consuming to keep me interested for some time to come. Excellent book, a keeper.
Although I do love this book, I am not sure that it would be for the novice, in fact, that's what the author says in the forward. The ideas and principals in the book are well explained and illustrated. I will be taking this off the shelf regularly.
I am slowly building up my collection of wirework books and I started out buying some real lemons! However, if this book was about cakes I would be 2 stone heavier by now! Every design is gorgeous. I have seen few books with so many ring projects in but this book covers rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings, the lot. Although I have noticed that much of the main wireweave design is the same style, the way in which Mr Armstrong adapts it to suit many pieces in different ways is refreshing.
Most of the items are simple designs which are more classical in style, some of them worthy of the Cartier shop window and are set-off splendidly with the addition of semi-precious stones. The author must be a true craftsman and it shows in this book. Plenty of detailed explanation of each step and adequate pictures though I did feel sometimes an extra piccie of the process would have been nice.
I am really looking forward to creating many more projects from this book. not really for a complete beginner though. Better for someone who has made a few projects already and has picked up some basic wirework skills.