101 Wire Earrings: Step-by-Step Projects & Techniques Paperback – Aug 1 2009
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"All of the designs should be easy to accomplish, some in as little as 10 minutes." - Upper Midwest Bead Society Newsletter
"I am not a huge fan of wire work. But after reading this book, I wanted to raid my husband's workshop so that I could get started making the earrings in this book." - About.com Guide to Beadwork
"The first part of the books covers the basics of wire, the tools, and all the techniques you'll need to make all of the projects in the book. This section is excellent, with clear photos and well-written instructions" - Beading-Arts.com
About the Author
Denise Peck is a wire/metal jewelry artist, the editor in chief of Step by Step Wire Jewelry, a senior editor for Jewelry Artist, and a projects editor for Step by Step Beads. She is the author of Wire Style and is a metalsmith with a bench jeweler's certificate. She lives in Philadelphia.
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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.
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
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.