Whether you are an experienced jewellery-maker looking to move up to the next level, or a complete beginner, The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Making Techniques is an invaluable resource.
Using this book you can:
Learn how to manipulate wire to create elegant structural designs for earrings, rings, pendants, necklaces, tiaras and brooches with clear, illustrated instructions
Combine wire with beads and stones through threading and wrapping for an intricately embellished look
Have fun experimenting with different types of wire, from precious metal to electrical and recycled wires
Progress from basic wire-working skills to more advanced techniques, such as making linked jump-ring chains, simple soldering, and using chemicals to alter the wire finish.
Sara Withers has worked with beads for many years, as a collector and maker. Her jewelry is sold in galleries, shops, and at exhibitions throughout the United Kingdom. She also enjoys teaching bead- and jewelry-making, and lecturing on all aspects of bead history. She is the author of five books on beadwork. Xuella Arnold trained in 3-D design and has been a jewellery designer and maker for 17 years. As well as exhibiting and selling her designs across the country, she teaches jewellery making with precious metal clay to adults in the South East of England, where she lives.
Prelims Introduction Equipment and materials Core techniques Making findings Decorative shapes Making spacers Decorative chains Making hoop earrings Making beads Using jigs and tools Decorating beads Embellishing findings Working without holes Brooches Rings Twist and knit wire methods Constructing with wire Unusual wires Toward silversmithing Linked jump-ring chains Gallery Resources Index and credits