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Monday, June 27, 2011

Book review: Handcrafted Wire Findings

Handcrafted Wire Findings: Techniques and Designs for Custom Jewelry Components 

Did you know that book and magazine editors really hate to see a wonderful piece of artisan-made jewelry ruined by a common off-the-rack clasp?  Did you know that you've got a much better chance of getting your pieces accepted by all but the beginner project publications if you make the findings yourself? 

Once you see just how easy it is to make your own stunning custom findings, you'll never go back.  Between this book, Handcrafted Wire Findings by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson, and All Wired Up by Mark Lareau, you will quickly gain all the skills you need. 

After they cover wire basics, Denise and Jane take you through the process of creating ear wires, links, S-hooks, single hooks, toggles (like that stunning wrapped toggle on the cover!), bails and spacers.  Some of my personal favorites are the vine ear wires (p 38), wired ring links (p 54), and textured corkscrew links (p 58). 

This book is published by Interweave Press, so you know that all the instructions have been tested and re-tested!



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3 comments:

KayzKreationz said...

I saw this book advertised and have pre-ordered it. It looks very exciting. I'd love to know how to make all my own findings.

Sue and Danny O'Mullan said...

Believe it or not, I received this book in the mail today!!!! It looks fantastic! Many visual pics which is so helpful (this is how my son learns via pics vs words).
I can't wait to learn with him all of the beautiful things inside!!!!!

Cyndi L said...

It takes time to make you own, but what a difference it can make to the look of a handmade piece!

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