The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques

The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques : A Compendium of Step-by-Step Techniques for Making Beautiful Jewellery

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Whether you are an experienced jewellery-maker looking to move up to the next level, or a complete beginner, The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Making Techniques is an invaluable resource.

Using this book you can:

Learn how to manipulate wire to create elegant structural designs for earrings, rings, pendants, necklaces, tiaras and brooches with clear, illustrated instructions

Combine wire with beads and stones through threading and wrapping for an intricately embellished look

Have fun experimenting with different types of wire, from precious metal to electrical and recycled wires

Progress from basic wire-working skills to more advanced techniques, such as making linked jump-ring chains, simple soldering, and using chemicals to alter the wire finish.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 218 x 222 x 18mm | 539.77g
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 400 Illustrations, color
  • 1844485269
  • 9781844485260
  • 26,763

Table of contents



Equipment and materials

Core techniques

Making findings

Decorative shapes

Making spacers

Decorative chains

Making hoop earrings

Making beads

Using jigs and tools

Decorating beads

Embellishing findings

Working without holes



Twist and knit wire methods

Constructing with wire

Unusual wires

Toward silversmithing

Linked jump-ring chains



Index and credits
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Feb 10

The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery by Sara Withers explores a range of different wire working techniques. This includes the basic as well as more advanced techniques and is ideal for beginner wire jewellery makers. More experienced wire jewellery makers may also find plenty to interest them in the book. The illustrated step by step instructions are easy to follow and enough information is given to clearly explain a technique without getting bogged down in irrelevant detail. The book includes a brief section about some key silversmithing techniques. While this is useful to read, readers interested in silversmithing are likely to require more detailed reading on the subject. * * Mar 10

A 'must-have' book for anyone enthusiastic about making their own jewellery. It contains all you need to know about using wire to create unusual and striking designs. Whether you're an experienced jewellery-maker looking to move up to the next level, or a complete beginner, the book is an invaluable resource. * Machine Knitting Monthly * Mar 10

Most jewelry involves wire even if it is just a jump ring or link, and here is a whole book filled with advice on how to achieve many different effects. Hammer it, twist it, make fancy chains, wrap stones and even knit with it to enhance your creations. This is a book aimed at both the more casual jewelry maker and those who have invested in the more advanced trappings of silversmithing. If this is not you then this is less than a quarter of the book, taking the reader from the more basic techniques to the world of metalworking. So in a way the book can serve as a bridge between two crafts as well as teaching even a novice jewelry maker the basics. From choosing tools that are going to serve you well to making jump rings, through using jigs, selecting wire for knitting and crochet, bending it into fancy shapes, making clasps and working with memory wire. I was impressed by the fact that unlike many craft books this really is one to grow with the crafter as they progress from simple beginnings to the more advanced techniques. There are projects to make, photos of finished pieces to inspire and lots of helpful staged methods with plenty of captions as well as clear colored photographs. At the back is a gallery of what can be achieved, much of it if you work through the chapters and a helpful list of suppliers and societies in both the UK and US. I certainly learned a lot, and however many books there are on the market about beads there are not many on this topic, which is fundamental to being a fully fledged jewelry maker. * *
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About Sara Withers

Sara Withers has worked with beads for many years, as a collector and maker. Her jewelry is sold in galleries, shops, and at exhibitions throughout the United Kingdom. She also enjoys teaching bead- and jewelry-making, and lecturing on all aspects of bead history. She is the author of five books on beadwork.

Xuella Arnold trained in 3-D design and has been a jewellery designer and maker for 17 years. As well as exhibiting and selling her designs across the country, she teaches jewellery making with precious metal clay to adults in the South East of England, where she lives.
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