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From the PublisherEasy and Elegant Beaded Copper Jewelry by Lora S. Irish is another of many books to teach you how to make jewelry with wire and beads. What sets Lora's book apart from the rest is how she takes you through the basics (tools, materials, and practice pieces) and then sets you on the path to designing your own pieces right away so you can free your inner jewelry artist by the end of the book.
Lora says in her book,"modern bent-wire jewelry offers the crafts artisan two very specific features - quick, easy-to-learn techniques and quick-to-complete, unlimited design possibilities." Easy and Elegant Beaded Copper Jewelry helps you learn the 14 simple wire bends. Once you have mastered them, you are ready to begin designing your own wire jewelry with the best feature in this book - thumbnail photos of 346 wire link variations to help you in creating your own designs. This visual resource of ideas will help you to make unique and beautiful bent-wire jewelry. Each project in Lora's book uses some of these 346 wire links as components to form her colorful, elegant pieces.
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Bend, twist, and coil inexpensive, easyto-find wire into beaded copper jewelry. Many jewelry makers like to use real metals, but the price of gold and silver is skyrocketing. Happily, copper is the perfect economical, pliable, and beautiful alternative. With Easy & Elegant Beaded Copper Jewelry by Lora S. Irish, you'll learn all sorts of inspiring ways to create beautiful fashion accessories with a few basic steps, a jewelry-makers tool kit consisting of common household tools (such as a set of pliers, a wire cutter and a ruler), and this most affordable medium. Ample step-by-step photos and easy-to-follow instructions guide you through the creation of chain links, findings, spirals, dangles and a fantastic variety of necklace, bracelet and earring projects, making this an ideal beginner's guide to wirework.
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...
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.
Learn to create many kinds of jewelry findings from copper wire and beads. Book chapters begin with large photographs; small photographs (missing from the preview copy) demonstrate each step in the process. Clear language and ample white space make this a low-stress, visually appealing introduction. Recommended.
"Easy & Elegant Beaded Copper Jewelry" by Lora S. Irish is one of the best jewelry design books that I have come across in my 8 years of jewelry making.
Designing jewelry can be a great career or past time. Knowing the ins and outs of the tools, materials and techniques can save designer headaches from material costs to designing hours. Easy & Elegant Beaded Copper Jewelry takes some of the guess work out of wire designing.
This is definitely the must buy book for anyone interested in learning the basics of wire working for creating stunning wire jewelry designs. The books contain some of the most comprehensive how-to content that I have found in one source. Its full color and step by step instructions make designing wire based jewelry a snap.
The book does an outstanding job of introduces a new hand-made jewelry designer/crafter to the basic tools of the trade, the assorted styles of beads available and the terms of the industry.
The book also does an excellent job of showcasing the many different types of wire wrapping techniques and includes some really awesome designs with complete step by step illustrations on how to change the design to fit one's personal preference.
While my library already includes many jewelry designing technique guides, some very good ones and well let's just say some others; I can always use a new one.
If you are interested in designing jewelry using wire wrapping techniques, then "Easy & Elegant Beaded Copper Jewelry" is a must. I highly recommend it.
Clear and detailed pictures with easy to follow instructions, make this a great book for a beginner in wire wrapping or beaded jewellery.
If you are a little more advanced, fear not, this book has 346 links listed, most with detailed instructions, and some are them are not for the faint hearted beginner!
More than just a book of instructions, this is a book of inspiration. Yes, there are projects and detailed instructions, but by giving the reader the tips and tricks and details for each link, Easy & Elegant Beaded Copper Jewelry is opening up the inner jeweler, and harnessing your inner creativity.
Excellent book for beginners and a great book for intermediate craft workers fed up with spending hours on the internet trying to work out how to move to the next level.
Honestly I have not had the chance to try out some of the goodies in this book, but I did read the whole thing and I love how it goes step by step with Photos to walk you through each step of each design. I like to make jewelry and have not tried to make anything with just wire, but I plan to very soon. This book is fantastic for people like myself who want to learn the art of Wire bending and making decorative jewelry out of wire. I know it says Copper but you could do these designs with just about any wire I would assume. I am glad I had the chance to review this book, and if your like me and need pictures to see what they are telling you to do then this book is for you.
I rate this 5 out of 5.