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Earrings by Helen Order This Book
Earrings by Helen
22+ Projects from Novice to Advanced
by Helen Goga
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 79 pages, copyright 2007
Sample project how-to
Sample project how-to
Sample project how-to

Aspiring and novice wire jewelry makers will appreciate Earrings by Helen for its hands-on presentation of fundamental how-to and basic wire jewelry making techniques. If you can bend a wire you can make beautiful earrings using this book as your guide. And if you can't bend a wire, Earrings by Helen will teach you how!

Accomplished wire jewelry makers will appreciate the presentation of advanced projects and plethora of handy tips and professional tricks-of-the-trade disseminated throughout this book by a veteran professional in the field of wire jewelry making and teaching the craft to others. Readers at all skill levels will appreciate the concise step-by-step instructions and superb full-color illustrations that are a hallmark of Helen Goga's publications.

Earrings by Helen presents 19 complete earring projects, leading the reader through a progression of skills beginning with the simple and fundamental, through advanced and elaborate designs featuring over 40 illustrated steps in the course of their execution. These projects include Ball-post Earrings with Loop, Swarovski Chandelier Earrings, Simple Chandelier Earrings, Refined Earwires, Little Princess Earrings, Not-so-little Princess Earrings, Princess Royale Earrings, Phantasy Earrings, French Hoop Earwires, Pirouette Earrings, Elegant Groove-y Earrings, Curved Kidney Earwires, Classic Faceted Earrings, Renaissance Earrings, Seabreeze Earrings, Peruvian Earrings, Dream Weave Earrings, His and Hers Ear Cuffs, and Regal Bead Cap.

Also included are 3 component projects demonstrating how to make several versatile components that can be readily incorporated in the reader's own earring designs. A Getting Started section precedes the earring projects and covers a variety of topics including basic tools, wire and gauge sizes, wire twisting, precious metal scraps, tumbling and polishing, the bench block and hammer, and magnification. An appendix provides an illustrated guide to other earring designs published in back issues of The Wire Artist Jeweller magazine. This book belongs in the personal library of anyone aspiring to make wire jewelry or desiring to increase their knowledge and repertoire of wire jewelry making techniques.


Great Wire Jewelry Order This Book
Great Wire Jewelry
Projects & Techniques
by Irene From Petersen
Soft cover, 8.25" x 8.25", 60 pages, copyright 1998
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Sample Technique Illustration

Imagine creating beautiful jewelry using only wire, jump rings and a few basic tools. It's true! Both beginners and experienced jewelry makers will appreciate the ingenious yet simple techniques used to braid, twist and knit silver, copper and brass wire into stunning bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more. These techniques, first used by the Vikings, allow even novices to make great looking jewelry, without using solder or expensive equipment.

Great Wire Jewelry features more than 70 projects, each fully illustrated with color photographs and step-by-step diagrams. Each project is rated by difficulty; some of the designs are easy enough for children to do. In addition, once you have learned the basic techniques, you can start creating your own designs.

So get ready to be impressed by what you can make, whether you start with a knit ring with silver end beads... twisted earrings... a copper and silver braided bangle... or a brass double flower chain necklace. There are patterns and styles certain to appeal to everyone!

Great Wire Jewelry is organized into two major parts. The first part presents knitted, twisted, and braided wire jewelry. The second part presents jewelry made from jump rings. Sections include Materials, Oxidizing and Polishing; Viking Knitting; Getting Started with Viking Knit, Braids, Knit on 3 Nails; Crown Sinnet Braiding; Cross-Linked Chain; 3-in-3 Chain; Single Flower Chain; Double Flower Chain; Flat Chain Mail; Round Chain Mail; Open Round Chain Mail; Queen's Chain; Criss-Cross Chain; Rope Chain; Double Rope Chain; Cross Chain; Jens Pind's Linkage; Snake Chain; Foxtail; Byzantine Chain; Key to Inside Diameters and Tools; and Index of Techniques and Terms and A Note About Suppliers.


How To Make Wire Jewelry Order This Book
How To Make Wire Jewelry
Simple but Elegant
by Fern Jenkins and Viola Thrasher
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 30 pages, copyright 1979
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Have you been wanting to get into the fascinating craft of jewelry making, but felt it was too complicated? Many craftsmen enjoy creating with metal sheet, wire and solder; or working with casting equipment. However there are those who would prefer a simpler approach requiring a minimum of equipment, tools, and supplies. If you are one of the latter, working with square, gold-filled wire may be the answer. Many intricate designs are possible, but with How To Make Wire Jewelry the technique is easily learned. Better yet, only a small assortment of simple, inexpensive tools is required. You can actually do this work in the living room while watching television! Making jewelry with square wire is a relaxing, absorbing pastime that anyone can enjoy. Follow it as a hobby, make gifts or even go into a part-time business. You'll find that the possibilities are practically unlimited.

Contents include: Getting Started; Let's Make a Pin; Pendants, Chains and Necklaces; Rings; Bracelets, Earrings and "Recipes".


Jewelry Making For Beginners Order This Book
Jewelry Making For Beginners
The Scroll Wire Method
by Edward J. Soukup
Soft cover, 5.5" x 8.5", 48 pages, copyright 1986
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In order to teach jewelry making effectively, teacher and author Ed Soukup developed a system that is both simple and economical - the scroll wire method. With a minimum of low cost tools and some wire it is possible to create designs that, although simple are beautiful. It's all presented in Jewelry Making For Beginners. In addition to the wire and a few tools, all you need is a little time and patience. With these ingredients you can soon be turning out mountings with that professional look. In a jewelry store you would pay a pretty penny for these same designs. Once you've mastered the technique, the possibilities are practically unlimited.

Chapters include (1) Start With A Circle, (2) Forming Scrolls, (3) Scroll Wire Designs, (4) U-Shaped Scrolls, (5) Soldering Jewelry, (6) Making a Bezel Setting, (7) More Silver Designs, (8) Twisted Wire Designs, (9) Cleopatra's Love Beads, and (10) Indian Style Jewelry.

So, have fun. When you've learned the scroll wire method described in Jewelry Making For Beginners, you'll likely find yourself very popular, especially at Christmas, birthdays and other occasions where a gift of personally designed jewelry will be treasured.


Let's Get Wrapped Order This Book
Let's Get Wrapped
A Self Teaching Instruction Manual for Beginning Wire Artists
by Carolyn Eddy
Spiral bound, 8.5" x 11", 68 pages, copyright 2006

Let's Get Wrapped begins your journey into creative wire design with a revolutionary, step-by-step, no stress method of designing jewelry with wire.

For the beginner, this book has the information needed to understand the different tools used, and how to buy them. It explains wire gauges, tempers and types. Included are the basic techniques of finding the grain of the wire, measuring, cutting, cleaning and binding.

The author's method of teaching is designed to take you step by step through the very structured mechanics of wire wrapping and guides you in unlocking your own individual creativity. This book does not teach a few specific projects, but teaches basic principles that once implemented will supply you with the knowledge to create hundreds of different projects.


Making Wire Jewelry Order This Book
Making Wire Jewelry
60 Easy Projects in Silver, Copper & Brass
by Helen Clegg and Mary Larom
Soft cover, 8.5" x 10", 112 pages, copyright 1997
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Making handsome wire jewelry is easy to learn and fun to do. All it takes is wire, pliers, and a few short hours. Before you know it, you'll be twisting, bending and turning copper, brass and silver wire into graceful necklaces, exquisite earrings, glittering bracelets, and gleaming rings - more than 60 projects in all.

No soldering is required! With this clearly illustrated how-to book and some simple, easy-to-find tools, you can create a wardrobe of fabulous handcrafted metal jewelry. Now you can have something to wear with every outfit... or unique handmade gifts for every person on your list.

Contents include: The Basics - Getting Started, Tools, Materials, Finishing, An Ancient Design, Experimenting with Heavier Wire, A Simple Chain, Two Sizes of Wire, The Leaf, The Clef, Figure Eights, All Angles, Made on a Jig, Triangles, The Wave, "B" Bracelet and Belt, An Expanding Belt, Daisy Chain, 'Round and 'Round, Four Rings, Buttons and Cuff Links, Clips, Bird Cages, Chain with Pendant, Loop-the-Loop, Colorful Dangles, Triple Pendant, A Few Extras, Variations of the Egyptian, Chains, Adaptations, and New Twists.


Silver Wire Jewelry Order This Book
Silver Wire Jewelry
Projects to Coil, Braid & Knit
by Irene From Petersen
Hard cover, 8.5" x 8.5", 80 pages, copyright 2001
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Sample how-to
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Sample project

Silver Wire Jewelry shows you how to make elegant, sophisticated jewelry designs with silver wire. Use simple techniques to create silver wire jewelry with sinuous forms, graceful lines, and inviting textures. Begin with the basics of coil construction and plying wires. Then learn how to stretch out coils to create graceful waves, join rings together to form elegant chains, craft figure eights for a unique effect, and incorporate beads and pearls into the designs.

Chapters include: Materials And Tools, Coils On Coils, Cutting Coils, Coils Stretched Into Waves, Coils Sawn Into Rings, Coils Snipped Into Figure Eights, Elongated Figure Eights, Rings and Pearls, Braided Wire, Crocheted And Knitted Wire, and Simple Jewelry.


Wire Wrapping Order This Book
Wire Wrapping
by Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey
Soft cover, 8.5" x 9", 127 pages, copyright 2008
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Sample project
Sample project

Wrap it up! Learn to create stunning wire jewelry designs, no experience required! Wire experts Linda Chandler and Chritine Ritchey, take the mystery out of the craft and share their secrets for making timeless, elegant jewelry from simple to elaborate designs.

Begin with the basics, safety, tools, and materials, plus all the appropriate types of metals for wirework, then learn the essential techniques for designing these deceptively simple projects, from bracelets, earrings, pins, wire-wrapped pendants, and more. Detailed step-by-step photography, helpful hints and tricks, and skilll-building projects walk you through everything you need to know to create beautiful wire-wrapped jewelry for every occasion!

Wire Wrapping contains 10 stunning projets with variations. A helpful resources section at the back of the book makes this book complete. You can not help but be inspired by this beautifully laid out book! Beginners and experienced wrappers alike, will enjoy making these great looking pieces.


Woven Wire Jewelry Order This Book
Woven Wire Jewelry
Contemporary Designs and Creative Techniques
by Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey
Soft cover, 8.5" x 9", 136 pages, copyright 2004
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Sample project
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Sample how-to

Woven Wire Jewelry introduces a new wire weaving technique for creating gorgeous projects including a woven bracelet, a domed cuff bracelet with soldered bead ends, a free-form bracelet, a woven neckpiece, and a pendant with a woven frame. More experienced craftspeople with savor the Precious Metal Clay embellishments, and a gallery of finished work will inspire your designs.

Woven Wire Jewelry is organized by nine major chapters: One: Safety, Two: Tools and Equipment, Three: Wire Weaving Techniques, Four: The Woven Bracelet, Five: A Domed Cuff Bracelet with Soldered End Beads, Six: Free-Form Bracelet, Seven: Woven Neckpiece, Eight: Pendant with Woven Frame, and Nine: Precious Metal Clay. A Photo Gallery of Woven Wire Jewelry provides additional ideas and illustrations of the wire weaver's art. An appendix of resources lists suppliers, web sites, and additional books and magazines for jewelry makers with an interest in wire weaving and wire craft.


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