Wire jewelry is one of the hottest trends in jewelry making. Wire Style, from the editor of Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine, is a collection of fifty contemporary, stylish, and absolutely wearable designs from an array of top designers in the field. Begin with a primer on basic tools and techniques for getting started, then launch right into chic, beautiful designs for bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and pendants handpicked from a collection of top jewelry designers. Each project features a comprehensive materials list and thorough step-by-step instructions, following in the footsteps of Stringing Style and Stringing Style 2. Fundamental wireworking techniques are explained in detail, including wire wrapping, weaving, coiling, chain making, hammering, texturing, and oxidizing. Readers will also learn how to wire-wrap found objects, make chain mail, create spirals, straighten wire properly, pierce, cut, make jump rings, make ear wires, and create clasps.
Projects are constructed with a range of materials, from precious metals to plated and colored wire for an eclectic mix of funky and fabulous designs. Various types of wire and chain are mixed up with stones, beads, and cords for an interesting and assorted collection of designs. Wire Style has everything you need to know to begin your journey or to perfect your wire-working skills.
Reviews: "I would recommend this book to beginners who wants to learn some fairly simple wire jewelry techniques as well as more advanced jewelry makers who are looking for more wire jewelry designs."-About.com Guide to Jewelry Making
"Gives you the scoop on working with wire."-McClatchy Tribune
"There are some truly stunning pieces in here, showcasing the arcane delights of wire work."-MyShelf.com