Bend It, Shape It , Anyway You Want It...Wire Jewelry
Prolific craft author and instructor, Lora Irish is back with a fresh volume of craft techniques - this time on making wire jewelry.
Using inexpensive wire and tools commonly found around the home, readers will learn how to bend, twist and coil wire to create an endless variety of shapes for attractive necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Once readers master the basic wire shapes, they will learn how to create finished pieces by incorporating fasteners, earring hooks and cording. When these basic building blocks are mastered, readers will learn how to embellish their designs with beads and more complex designs. Practice projects, step-by-step instructions and a gallery of designs will show readers just how easy it is to get started in this fun and rewarding craft.Okay, some of you know I like to dabble in jewelry. Granted I'll never be showing my stuff on the red carpet (well, unless I install some in my home) but I loved to have fun with it. So, when I had the chance to review this book... I grabbed my tools and took a chance!
What I loved about this book is that it went through the complete basics. It shows you how to do simple links, links with beads, and even jump rings. Sometimes that is useful if you want to use the same materials to create an even finish. Along with the basics you also find out how to create more complicated type of wire work and wire work that involves wrapping. It really isn't harder, but it is a bit more involved.
It ends with several projects you can do. There are earrings, necklaces and bracelet projects. There is even a section which helps you change parts of a project to make it your own. It was fun and easy and I tried a project myself. Now, I had some tools and just had to get some extra wire. I didn't get anything expensive since I was just trying it out. I tried one of the earring projects and this is what I did:
I'd have to say one tool I didn't have was one that holds it without damage. The metal part is usually padded by plastic or nylon. So, I did strip some of the color off the red. However, other than that, it was a fairly easy and quick project. Oh and here is the kicker... I decided to give them away! Keep in mind, it may have nickel for those that have metal allergies. It is inexpensive wire, but wire that was designed for this purpose. It also was the first project I did just to see if her instructions worked. So, it isn't my best work. Okay... with those disclaimers in mind all you have to do is say you want to enter for the earrings in the comments. Yes, I will do it internationally. Don't forget to leave a e-mail if it isn't in your profile. I'll end it on the 20th, 10pm MST.
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I received this ebook from netgalley and Fox Chapel Publishing and no compensation for my review was given.