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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (Jan. 23 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188301073X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883010737
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 21.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #318,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Lareau is a wirework artist who teaches workshops around the country and at his bead shop, the Bead Factory. He lives in Tacoma, Washington.


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With some good wire and a few basic tools you can create countless pieces of unique jewelry and other wire items. Read the first page
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Moonstruck on June 18 2005
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This is a superb book for someone who has never done wire work before. I bought it to use for beading and found the instructions clear and simple to follow and the projects totally doable. I would have loved to know about the techniques regarding the beautiful works of art at the back, but that is not the purpose of the book. I have been shown, albeit very quickly, how to make a loop before, but seeing the proper instructions and the wrong types of loops (I have made them all) and then trying to make them perfectly round (I am almost there) has become almost an obsession! Just looking at the beautiful, perfectly round loops in the book makes one want to improve. It is such a simple thing, but something that is needed in almost any bracelet or necklace one makes and he taught it so well.
Anyway, I can highly recommend this to any beginner who wants to learn to do it properly or an intermediate wire worker who was not well taught before.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3 2004
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This is by far the best instructional book on any topic I've ever seen. With clear diagrams and beautiful color illustrations, Lareau teaches with humor. His text instructions are easy to understand. He has rekindled my interest in jewelry making, and I searched for supplemental books. I've perused about a dozen similar books in the bookstore and came to the conclusion that in "All Wired Up," I already have all I'll ever need. Lareau teaches the basics in such a way that after practicing and mastering his basic techniques, I know that I have enough knowledge and skill to create my own designs. I find that I can simply look at a picture of a wired piece and easily figure out how it is made. The book is of benefit to the beginner and experienced wireworker alike, since Lareau also teaches how to improve upon one's current technique - and frequently proves that his way is better. The list price is a bit high, but well worth it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By amorxoxo on Nov. 1 2000
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I'd have to say this is an excellent book that teaches you the BASICS of wiring for jewelry. The first two chapters start you off great, telling you all the tools needed for wire wrapping as well as how to hold pliers and basic looping techniques. Then the next few chapters go on to teach you clear, step by step instructions (with drawn illustrations) on making wire findings, clasps, cool looking headpins, ear wires, how to wire wrap a cab, how to wire wrap marbles, how to wire wrap beads and so on. What this book is lacking is that, at the very end they have many pictures of very beautiful wire necklaces and bracelets with no instructions on how to make them. These pieces clearly require a LOT more work than the book teaches you. So if you are ONLY interested in learning the basics and incorporating wire into your jewelry this is the book to own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amber Killinger on May 28 2002
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If you are a beginner, this book is great. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.
I must say that personally, I was a bit disappointed in this book, simply because I am already familiar with many of the basic wire techniques, so I didn't get much from the book. I did, however, learn a wire technique for wrapping a cabochon, which I have never tried.
I was a little disappointed that instructions for creating the jewelry piece on the cover, were not included in the book, since I thought it was a beautiful necklace.
If you are familiar with making basic items such as ear wires, hook and eye clasps, spirals, etc. then you may not get much out of this book.
If you are a beginner and want to learn about the proper tools to use, and looking for basic techniques, then I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Snow Dragon on Dec 21 2003
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Loaded with clear illustration and instructions, this book is great for the beginning wire worker. If beadwork is more your thing than still check this book out. You can learn to make findings, including great clasps, to go with your beadwork. The tools required for the projects are not hard or expensive to secure. Also no soldiering required for the projects either, which makes them easy to do with just a little working space.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Francine Long on April 28 2004
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This is the only wirework book that explains in exhaustive detail exactly how to make the basic wirework components for jewelry. You need to master these basics properly to have professional-looking results. Get this book first before you buy any other wirework books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christie Edgington on May 10 2001
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I bought this book wanting, simply, to learn to make my own earwires. I had never even held plain jewelry wire or wire working tools. I was very skeptical of what one book could teach me.
Boy did this book shut me up! Speaking from a beginner's standpoint, this book is fabulous! Mark Lareau covers everything from the very very basics. He suggests tools and supplies like your good friend would suggest things to you. Everything is plainly written and the projects are step-by-step. The illustrations are also great. He just doesn't leave anything to the imagination.
I even made use of his resource listing (in the back) and found a great supplier of wire at great prices. Not only do I make my own earwires now (and save TONS of money), I make clasps, bead cages, fun shaped headpins, and several other things.
This book will never sit on the shelf. It's great!
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