Easy and elegant beaded copper jewelry by Lora S. Irish

Easy & elegant beaded copper jewelryBlurb:

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.


In a nutshell:

I read it in: English

I liked it:     Yes       

For people who like: beading, making jewelry, creating wire elements from scratch


My thoughts: 

This book reminded me a little of Sara Withers’ “The encyclopedia of wire jewellery techniques”. However, it is even more detailed and gives even clearer instructions about bending and shaping wire.

It consists of three parts. The first is about the necessary tools and materials to create jewelry, the second is about the techniques, the third about projects that you can create with the newly learned abilities.

The techniques part is the biggest one and the amount of shapes is incredible. It starts with the easiest side-loop and continues to the most complicated looking spiral links. All shapes are shown with a number of clear and detailed images so that the instructions are easy to follow.

All links used in the book are listed in a chart complete with numbers and name of the link. This helps when you get to the projects part. For every project you will find a list of links used, a supply list and instructions. The projects go from easy to elaborate and cover earrings, bracelets and necklaces, either made completely with wire and beads, or with additional cord.

I liked how the book was structured, the clear pictures and the overall look of it. I personally prefer silver to copper jewelry, but all instructions can be used for silver wire as well. If you are only interested in creating beautiful bead necklaces using bought wire elements, this book is not for you. If you are looking for a beginner’s book for working with wire, this is perfect.

Product info and buy link :

Title Easy and elegant beaded copper jewelry
Author Lora S. Irish
Publisher Fox Chapel Publishing
ISBN 978-1565235144
I got this book from Netgalley
Buy link Buy Easy & Elegant Beaded Copper Jewelry

 

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? I would love to hear other opinions.

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