The Missing Link: From Basic to Beautiful Wirework Jewelry

Discover how to craft 30 jewelry making findings in this jewelry making book by Cindy Wimmer. Explore the possibilities that wire links hold, and transform them into important elements with 15 jewelry designs.

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Discover the missing link for your jewelry designs!

Celebrate just how versatile wire links can be with The Missing Link: From Basic to Beautiful Wirework Jewelry. Discover this jewelry making book by Cindy Wimmer packed with directions for making jewelry making findings, innovative projects, and much more. Get ready to go in depth and explore one of the most fundamental and common components of jewelry making.

Dive into wire link elements as decorative connectors, foundation chains, and focal points in and of themselves. Advance your skills as you learn how to expertly craft your own custom wire links that have a variety of uses in any jewelry design. Once you’re learned the techniques, discover how versatile jewelry making findings can be. Then, explore using them as important design elements with 15 unique and beautiful jewelry designs created by wire jewelry experts.

Order your copy of comprehensive book today to:

  • Cover the basic tools and techniques for successfully crafting a variety of findings for jewelry.
  • Learn every step for success, from correctly twisting the wire, to finishing the link with patina for added character.
  • Discover 30 practical wire links that are perfect for a variety of uses and applications.
  • Pump up the design volume with textured and wrapped wire embellishments that have true charm.
  • Creatively add links as design elements in 15 bracelet and necklace designs by popular jewelry artists including Kerry Bogert, Diane Cook, and more.
  • And so much more!

Packed with must-know tips, designs, and more, this is a must-have jewelry making resource for every jewelry artist. Expand your design horizons by understanding all the design potential jewelry making findings hold for your designs. Grab your pliers, and get ready to begin crafting jewelry with these lovely link components.

Table of Contents



Wire Essentials

Wire Link Projects

Bowtie Link
Classic Hoops Link
Engagement Ring Link
Lightbulb Link
Little Orbits Link
Loopty Loop Link
Sliding Rings Link
Tangled Triangles Link
Whirligig Link
Ball of Yarn Link
Beehive Link
Birthday Bow Link
Coiled Horseshoe Link
Corona Link
Owl Eyes Link
SnoCone Link
Springboard Link
Stitched Figure Eight Link
Triple Loop Link
Blossom Link
Cumulus Clouds Link
Curlicue Link
Double Infinity Link
Elliptical Illusion Link
Majorettes Link
Nautical Link
Over-Under Link
Spiral Swirl Link
Swizzle Sticks Link
Twist Again Link

Wire Jewelry Projects

Afternoon in Annapolis
Cindy Wimmer

Amber Skies
Diane Cook

Buzz Me In
Kerry Bogert

Create Your Dream
Tracy Statler

Down to Earth
Tracy Statler

Downton Abbey
Cindy Wimmer

Lori Anderson

Grand Bazaar
Cindy Wimmer

Green with Infinity
Diane Cook

Magician’s Rings
Kerry Bogert

Christine Damm

Purple Passion
Lori Anderson

Sojourn by the Sea
Cindy Wimmer

Sun and Cloud Earrings
Christine Damm

Cindy Wimmer

About the Author

Cindy Wimmer’s wire projects have been published in both national and international jewelry magazines. She was a featured artist in Bead Trends, Beads & Beyond, and Belle Armoire Jewelry. As a frequent contributor to Interweave publications, she has had designs in Wire Style 2, Live Wire eMag, Easy Wire, Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry, and 101 Bracelets, Necklaces, and Earrings. She is the co-founder of ArtBLISS Workshops ( and can be found online at

SKU: 13BD06-EP4997

Author/Speaker/Editor: Cindy Wimmer

File/Trim Size: 8.5" x 10.25"

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596687073

Number Of Pages: 160

Customer Reviews

Finally! New Original stuff Review by Tina

I'm not a big fan of wire work. The ubiquitous spirals are a serious turnoff.

But here we have a bunch of new designs that are either real easy or kinda easy, and have so many applications. Like check out the sliding rings--you can use these them as mere rinks, or as a sturdy rustic bail (as is shown in the designs in the back). This one, and quite a few of the others will have you slapping your forehead going "why didn't I think of that?" Some are elegant, some rustic, and she shows and advises how different metals add different effects or contrasts. She also uses square wire, which I have stockpiled a couple pounds of and couldn't figure out what to do with them.
The lightbulbs were fresh and should really appeal to the urban, rustic, grunge, and steampunk folks. The little orbits are the one you're thinking (I coulda thought of that...someday...grrr).
She reinvents the horseshoe link-whirly gig- with a slightly new angle on the spiral part; yay! (see prev ref on spirals).

The Ball of Yarn, Beehive, and Horseshoe links all are new takes on standards covered in other such books.
Overall, you'll get some new ideas, and if you are lucky, these new reaches will open new ideas for you too.
I can't wait to try these out.

(Posted on 5/1/14)

Fabulous book! Review by Jenne

I just received my copy today and I am already in love with it!

The layout is very well done, with plenty of pictures. I think the setup is smart, starting with the easiest links and progressing to the more difficult. After all 30 links are shown, then come the projects. I think the links alone are worth the price of the book. I see myself making some of these links for years to come, because they are easy (once you learn them) but very elegant/artsy/fun...basically a nice variety.

Very thrilled with my purchase, I will use this book often!

(Posted on 1/9/14)

Awesome Review by Joy

What an incredible book. The tutorials are done extremely well.

(Posted on 10/23/13)

excellent Review by sandi m

Cindy takes you on a journey of wire magic. Whether you are a beginner or a master of wire wrangling, The Missing Link does not disappoint. You can’t help but be inspired to grab a spool of wire and a pair of pliers (which I did as I read the book cover to cover). Cindy describes the various types of wire, the best tools you need, and the basic techniques for working with wire. You are hooked after reading the instructions for the first Link, the Bow-Tie. Like a good novel, you want to read more. The instructions are clear and to the point with extra tips sprinkled throughout. The step-out photos zoom in on the details, preciously and clearly. Overall each Link’s samples are beautifully photographed; some even feature Cindy’s own antiques. The inspiration does not end with the 30 wire Links instructions. The 15 projects created by Cindy and a wonderful group of contributing designers, show how the Links can be incorporated in a variety of design styles. It’s hard to imagine these designs without their beautiful Links.

This book will never gather dust on my library shelf. Thank you Cindy for creating and sharing these Missing Links!

Dear Interweave, Thank you for publishing a beautiful book that is destined to become a classic.
Thank you ~ for not skimping on the number of pages and the larger footprint; for a font size and line spacing that does not require a magnifying glass; for the selection of font colors, not some shade of gray or other color that disappears into the background or photo rendering the words unreadable; for not just reprinting the technique/tool pages from a prior published book; for using some of Cindy’s beautiful photography; for the clear close up step-out photos (although a few Links need an extra photo or two).
Lastly, thank you for recognizing Cindy’s talents. Kudos to Marlene Blessing and her team.

(Posted on 10/21/13)

Fabulous book fabulous ideas and directions and photos Review by Mary M

This book was absolutely the missing link for my metalwork jewelry! I have designed eight new pieces in two days using Cindy's stitches-- this book is a treasure and a must have!

(Posted on 10/16/13)

Beautiful Book With Great Information Review by Ann S.

I bought both the e-book and paper book. I love having both. The book (e or paper) is beautiful with large, clear photos worthy of any coffee table book. Even if I never make one link, I'm still glad I bought this. However, I know I will use the instructions. They are so clearly written with step-by-step accompanying pictures. Whether written instructions work for you or you are more of a visual learner, this book will work for you.

The 30 links are in three sections - easy, moderate, more challenging. How wonderful to have something for every skill level! This book will be challenging me for years to come. The projects using the links, contributed by the author and other talented artists, are gorgeous, one after the other. With the mix of styles and variety of techniques, you are sure to find some to suit you. I like them all!

I couldn't be more excited about this book, and highly recommend it if you are interested in learning more about wire work. You can learn the basics about different kinds and characteristics of wire, how to oxidize and work harden, and how to use it to make beautiful links that will make your jewelry shine!

(Posted on 10/15/13)

Awesome! Review by rivana

What a gorgeous book. But not just eye-candy and then put it back on the shelf. A very useful book to help you create unique links to compliment your personal style. I ordered it as an ebook but I think I need a paperback copy as I want to have this by my workbench! This will take my work to the next level for sure.

(Posted on 9/21/13)

Awesome !! Review by Lorraine

I love this book, have made almost ALL the projects with 100% usable components. It is well worth the money, I'm so glad I purchased !! :)

(Posted on 9/9/13)

Five Stars All The Way! Review by Carrie

I purchased the downloadable version of this AWESOME 162-page ebook yesterday and finally just now had a chance to look through it during my lunch break.

Thank you so much for this absolutely amazing book, Cindy Wimmer! I absolutely cannot wait to start learning how to make some (most/all) of the links in this book! Very well-written also. Thanks again!

(Posted on 8/1/13)