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101 Wire Earrings: Step-by-Step Projects & Techniques [Paperback]

Denise Peck
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Book Description

Aug. 1 2009
Providing detailed descriptions on how to intricately craft stylish wire earrings, this beautifully illustrated guide offers simple yet elegant projects that are inexpensive and easily accomplished. Easy-to-follow instructions and comprehensive definitions guide the jewelry maker through the many elements of wire working, such as headpins, jump rings, hoops, loops, spirals, and ear wires, clearly highlighting the techniques and detailing the quality materials necessary to produce functional and innovative works of wearable art. With a diverse selection of 101 contemporary earring projects submitted from top designers, wire crafters of all skill levels will hone their talents while discovering new and inspirational ideas for producing unique and creative works in one of the fastest growing trends of modern jewelry art.

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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Great Price Oct. 21 2011
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas. Oct. 11 2011
The photos are clear and easy to see the details in. Some good ideas I am sure I will try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for learning and inspiration Aug. 6 2009
By Shala Kerrigan - Published on Amazon.com
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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1.0 out of 5 stars DISAPOINTING Sept. 29 2009
By La Roche - Published on Amazon.com
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
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 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.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing! Jan. 30 2013
By artsyfartsy - Published on Amazon.com
I hate it when a book looks so cool, I wait for it excitedly, and then open it up to find... not much! What you see on the cover is about it. I was very disappointed all around... not much to the designs and almost no instruction or photos of work-in-progress. I really love wire earrings, especially if they look hand-crafted and unique. But this book provides so little in actual know-how that I will have to look elsewhere for guidance. Design-wise, I can do better on my own. This book is a waste of money. I wish I had read this review before ordering!
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