Although wire often falls under the same category as beading threads like Nymo, the variety of wire types, and the variety of ways in which in can be used for jewelry design, really make it more akin to the beads themselves. From stringing on nylon coated wire, to elaborate bezel techniques, wire is so much more than a simple component.
With Creative Wire Jewelry, Israeli designer Ariella Nachshon explores a variety of techniques and styles that incorporate the many different forms of wire available. The projects are chic and stylish, and give plenty of inspiration for jewelry makers of every skill level.
Creative Wire Jewelrybegins with one of the best beginner sections I have ever seen in a project style beading book. Ariella covers all of the basics, from types of wire, beads and tools, to a full 15 pages on basic techniques, with clear pictures to guide you through the steps. This book presents jewelry making not as a craft, but as a valuable and enjoyable art form that anyone can try.
Then it’s on to the projects. There are 22 gorgeous necklace and bracelet designs, plus earrings, brooches, rings and even a beautiful beaded hair comb. Many different types of wire, chain and mesh are combined with everything from beads and gemstones to fabric. The projects are very straightforward, and even beginners will feel encouraged to try them out.
My favorite projects are the Fluttering Dragonfly Earrings, with realistic looking wing shapes made from wire, and the Sanctuary at Sea Necklace, with hand-shaped sea creatures and lovely silver chain. They almost make me want to design with metals again!
Want a closer look? With thanks to Sixth & Spring books, I’m giving away a free copy of Creative Wire Jewelry to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment on this post, and answer the following question:
What is your favorite type of jewelry or beading wire?
One entry will be chosen at random on Monday, June 27th. If you do not have a Blogger profile with email contact enabled, be sure to leave a contact link (website, shop, Facebook, etc.) or email address (beadlover AT yourmail.com), so I can get in touch with you if you win.
Good luck, and happy beading!
I would like to thank Sixth & Spring Books and SOHO Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review and enjoy this book. Inspirational Beading has not received paid compensation for featuring products in this post. I have shared my sincere opinions of this book.