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

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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. The more experienced craftsperson will savor the way Precious Metal Clay adds striking embellishments to three of the projects.

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Pages   136
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.75" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2004
Publisher   Interweave Press
ISBN  1931499578  
ISBN13  9781931499576  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Woven Wire Jewelry: Contemporary Designs and Creative Techniques (Beadwork How-To)?

Okay if you like lots of the same thing  Sep 9, 2008
This book was a bit boring for me. While I am no wire expert, I was bored by the sleepy designs the book laid out.. I know there aren't a lot of options, but I was hoping for more creativity...
A very pretty book  Jul 9, 2008
Woven Wire Jewelry by Linda L. Chandler and Christine R. Ritchey is definately not a beginner's book, although there are some beginner's projects in it. It is a good book though for people who want to stretch their skills. The projects are woven from wire, and mostly soldered at the ends, and some of them have PMC components, it offers tips for working with wire, and the technique is incredible looking. The section on PMC was very well written and not a bit scary. The ideas are great, and the finishing techniques are very professional looking.
Recommended for wire artists and people looking to expand their skills and abilities.
A new twist on wire jewelry  Feb 19, 2007
The jewelry in this book is gorgeous and ultimately not that difficult to make. You will need to find some way to finish the clasps though as the braiding creates a non-conventional end which needs finishing. The book suggests PMC or soldering to accomplish this. There are only about three basic designs and then variations on the closure techniques. Its all very pretty and inspiring and much more classy that simple wire wrapping. You will have to do a little math too, to figure out how much wire you will need. Its a pretty book with a couple of very nice unique ideas upon which you can build once you get the hang of this technique.
EXCELLENT BOOK . . . for the most part  Nov 28, 2006
I have to admit that since it took two months to receive this book, I had considered canceling my order on more than several occasions. However, am I glad I didn't!! What a beautiful and informative book! The photographs and the designs are all sensational. The projects looked difficult to me at first, but once I looked at the clear blow-by-blow photographs of each step, I have been never been less intimidated, nor so excited, to get my hands into a project! I LOVED the mold-making lessons on how to make sterling silver accents out of PMC clay if I wanted to add them to the necklaces and bracelets. I'm so pleased to find that I can make an entire piece of fine art jewelry without any man-made additions, nor the use of glue, and many times without any soldering. I'm thrilled, and my biggest regret is that I'm marking up this beautiful book with underlines, written notes, and stickies; it is definitely a working book for me.

**Although I stand by the above review written 11/06, I felt that I needed to add to it hoping that if there is a book reprint, the authors will update what I consider one serious breech of instruction clarity. Now that I've tried some of the projects, what I found was that none of the wire amounts necessary were listed. I had to determine the amount of wire for each project by hunting through the body of instructions until I located the wire length and the cuts, and only THEN could I calculate how much wire I needed. This process is repeated over and over again depending on how many gauges of wire are needed for the project. Frankly, it's irritating. Although, to be fair, all the wire information is there to complete each project, you really have to hunt for it.

In a future reprint, it would be VERY helpful for the amount of wire required for each project to be in the supply list along with each of the wire gauges. Brief instructions on how to change the size of the project through wire length adjustments would be sufficient for those users who might want to adapt it, but for the vast majority . . . specific wire amounts given up front would make it much easier to complete a project.
Braid wire in a day!  Sep 19, 2006
I found the authors' instructions to be very clear. I had no trouble following their instructions, and made a bracelet in a day! I especially liked the way they showed photos of common mistakes and how to fix them. The section on precious metal clays was very interesting and I am looking forward to trying PMC. I have been braiding wire ever since I got the book, and have received many compliments on the braided wire bracelet I made from the book. My one disappointment is that the authors' showed many beautiful styles in the gallery, but did not include instructions on those braiding/weaving techniques. I would recommend this book for anyone interesting in learing how to braid wire.

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