Confession time. I do some wire work here and there and have been for several years. In a book titled The Absolute Beginners Guide: Making Wire Jewelry, I honestly did not think I would learn anything new.
I was wrong.
Martine has some very interesting tips that I wish I had thought of years ago.
However, let's go back to the beginning. The premise of this book is a person with absolutely zero wire working skills can pick up a few basic tools, some wire, a few beads, plus this book, and make wire jewelry. I read this book cover to cover and can honestly say that yes, this is true. The photos are some of the best I've seen when it comes to showing the process of wire working. The instructions are concise. The projects ordered from super basic to what Callaghan calls a "Masterpiece Charm Bracelet" in which you make charms using the all techniques you have learned in the book.
There are helpful descriptions and photos of tools needed and tools that are optional, an explanation of wire types, beads and findings. Did you know that the word "findings" in the jewelry world came from the practice of goldsmiths making them from the scraps of metal found on their workbench at the end of the day? I didn't! I always wondered why they were called that as it seemed a strange word for them.
The book contains 25 main projects each with alternative ideas and tips sprinkled throughout. After the masterpiece charm bracelet, there are 3 more projects (for a total of 28) that feel like "bonus" projects since they are small and come after the masterpiece charm bracelet.
If you work through the book from beginning to end, there is no reason you couldn't be making wonderful wire jewelry by the end of the book. But it's set up so you can create a successful piece of jewelry even if you don't get past the 1st project.
If you are an experienced wireworker, this book is probably not for you. If you are interested in it, you might want to visit your local bookstore or maybe see if they will get it at your library so you can preview it before spending money on it.