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Book review: Making Wire & Bead Jewelry

Have you done enough wire work that you feel comfortable with the basics, and now you'd like to see some beautiful ways to put them all together?  Then you're going to love Making Wire & Bead Jewelry by Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley.  There are 2 dozen projects which will challenge you to use those basic skills in easy but elegantly attractive ways.  But wait!  Do you need to learn the basics first or brush up on your skills?  The techniques section will walk you through, with attention to detail and precise instructions.

Are you a visual learner?  Maybe books don't always have enough details for you.  I think you'll be pleasantly surprised then.  The claim to fame of this book - besides the gorgeous projects - is the 500 how to photos!  Each step is carefully described and illustrated by the usual fabulous Lark Books photography. 

I was very inspired by a free form flower created by Janice.  As usual, I didn't end up following the directions, but instead made it into my own rendition.  My versions ended up on a bead embroidery necklace that I hope to be able to share with you next month, and I need to give Janice the credit for the creative nudge!

Lark is giving away of a copy of this great book, signed by Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley, U.S. residents only, ending on May 28, 2012.  Hurry over!

If you'd like to try out a few projects, Lark has kindly made these two available on their blog.

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Shirley said…
Wonderful review!