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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (Aug. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781596681415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596681415
  • ASIN: 1596681411
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 21.3 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rundershute on Oct. 21 2011
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I ordered this book here because it was about half the price in a common craft store. I was glad to get a good look at it before I bought it so I knew that I would enjoy and use it often. It has the instructions clearly illustrated and there are great ideas as well. Very glad with my purchase
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RR on Oct. 11 2011
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The photos are clear and easy to see the details in. Some good ideas I am sure I will try.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Great book for learning and inspiration Aug. 6 2009
By Shala Kerrigan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book covers basic wire earrings. It starts with a wire primer and a great table of gauges for basic wire shapes, goes into the tools you'll use to create the projects in the book, and into the construction methods.
The construction methods was where I started getting excited. It goes past basic wire wrapping skills into shaping with hammers and piercing wire. The basic techniques instruction isn't skimped on either, so if you haven't learned how to make a nice neat wrapped loop yet, you'll find good instructions here.
The projects are simple stylized shapes for the most part. If you're looking for instructions for the swirly style of wire work, this isn't the book for you. But if you're looking for nice wearable elegant shapes, this book has them.
Most of the earrings have handmade earring hooks, or the hooks are part of the design, which I like a lot, and all the projects with beads have bead types that should be easy to find at your local bead shop or online. Nothing too exotic or very expensive, and also, most of the wire used is standard gauges and types.
It's a great book for beginners, or for people who are looking for fairly instant gratification and maybe a new way of thinking of wire shapes for earring design. Also, a lot of the earring wires are in uncommon shapes that may be perfect for a pair of seed bead earrings you are making instead of using commercial earring wires.
My personal favorites in the book are the Marquis shaped earrings on page 35 which remind me strongly of the sorts of earrings my mother use to wear, and I love the great shape of the earring wires on the Primitive Wheels earring design on page 63.
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DISAPOINTING Sept. 29 2009
By La Roche - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought the book for the cover and the title, and because there's no bad review about it.
I don't know how beginers are going to find it, but I showed it to a friend who really likes to wear earrings, and she did not like a single one. They are just too common and too simple. There's no single pair of earrings that you can't find how to do them searching on google.

PS: I'ms sorry if my english is not very good, but it's not my first spoken lenguage
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Nicely Designed Jan. 30 2010
By Sophie Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
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The introduction of the book gives good, basic instructions for making wire earrings. Most of the designs featured are embellished with beads, crystals, etc. The book is very well presented with clear, beautiful photos of the finished earring designs and a comprehensive list of instructions and materials needed. However, I gave the book a 3-star rating based on the fact that out of all 101 earrings, featured, I found only 6 to 10 designs to be ones that I would be interested in making or modifying. I was hoping for a book with 101 absolutely smashing designs and these didn't hit the mark, at least not for me.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Didnt provide adequate pictorals for the instructions Nov. 2 2010
By Kim - Published on Amazon.com
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I found that the book didn't provide photos depicting the step by step process in the instructions . They only provide an end photo with a series of written instructions. Definitely not for a beginner . I also found that the range in designs were very flat. Overall i could have kept my money and purchased another book.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Look before you buy Dec 8 2009
By B. Burkett - Published on Amazon.com
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101 Wire Earrings, surely I would find some earrings in this book that would appeal to me. So I ordered without looking at it. Since I receive it I've looked at it at least five times and find hardly any inspiration in it. The projects are very simple, mostly one bead and a very simple use of wire. A large portion of projects are practically the same with only slight variation. Many of them feature disk beads turned vertically, ring-beads and metal rings. The most creative part of the designs is how the earrings are made to attach to the ear.

In many of the wire designs, workmanship is mostly ignored. In fact even the directions describe wrapping wire "messily" or "sloppily' in some links. The projects "Confetti" and "Steel Starbursts" look like projects that my elementary school grandaughters would make as they were playing with my left over wire. Now I know there is a style that features "informal, not tidy" wirewrapping. That is OK if it is one's style, not what one resorts to in lieu of practice.

This book seems to me to be used to attract would be wirewrappers who have very limited or no experience and want to make a few earrings but don't intend to spend the time or energy to perfect their technique. I have been wirewrapping for about 2 years and claim to be an intermediate to advanced wirewrapper. I don't claim to have mastered perfection and I prefer books that set the example of good technique, that remind me of the importance of using good workmanship not easy workmanship.

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