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All Wired Up: Wire Techniques for the Beadworker and Jewelry Maker [Paperback]

Mark Lareau
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Book Description

Jan. 23 2003 Beadwork How-To
The step-by-step techniques featured in this richly illustrated book take the beginner who knows little about wirework on a journey to creating artistic and unique free-form jewelry. Using round wire that is readily available and economically viable, wireworkers learn everything from how to hold pliers to how to make ear wires, hook-and-eye closures, and cages for marbles and cabochons. Line drawings, photographs of finished objects, and a wirework gallery of pieces by the author and other contemporary wirework artists provide sample creations and ideas for the innovative wireworker.

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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and clear 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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Book You'll Ever Need! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the Basics, but... Nov. 1 2000
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
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book For Beginners May 28 2002
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for begining wire work Dec 21 2003
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book for Beginners April 28 2004
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for beginners! May 10 2001
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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3.0 out of 5 stars all wired up
Don't look at the front cover of this book and expect to make the necklace on it; you won't be shown how to make this or anything in the gallery towards the back of the book. Read more
Published on April 1 2011 by maxi-moon
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy To Follow, good ideas but a bit thin.
The information in this book is great. Good step by step instructions and diagrams.
I was a bit dissapointed in the size of the book when it arrived. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2009 by Stephanie Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars The things you need to know
I don't usually take the time to write reviews, but this book really impressed me that much. It is one of the only books with pictures and explanations that I could understand. Read more
Published on March 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book.
I was deciding between this book and one other, and chose this one. Reading it, I was happy to see that I had made the right choice. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2004 by ChoxieBlue
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely photographs
This book has lovely photographs of work by contemporary wire artists. Easy to follow directions in the front section of the book are for the true beginner with little or no... Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003 by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for techniques
This book has the clearest desciption and illustrations I've seen on precisely how to make consistently perfect loops. Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
What a great instructive book -- clear, concise directions, and good sketches that are easy to follow. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for beginners!
I purchased this book not knowing a thing about jewelry making and yet was able to create a lovely necklace in just a couple of hours. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2002 by Elizabeth Bilotti
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Technique Book
I continually refer to this book for building or adding to my library of techniques. This is one of the best books I've found for clearly detailing wire bead building with basic... Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2002 by Linda Colby
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