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Since I fell in love with beads, I've been devouring books on the subject.  Here are some of my favorites.  This page is a constant work in progress.

Remember, I NEVER review books I don't like.  Nancy

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WIRE WORK:  When you've got a good series going, keep it up. The Absolute Beginners Guide, Making Wire Jewelry, by Martine Callaghan, is perfect for beginners to wire jewelry making, but it's good enough for the rest of us to treasure.  Nancy

more in the March 18, 2012 Beading Diary

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WIRE WORK:  A friend says All Wired Up by Mark Lareau is the best wire jewelry book out there.  It's pretty good.  Nancy 

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WIRE WORK:   Bead and Wire Art Jewelry, by J. Marsha Michler, is full of basic techniques that move you right along to intermediate pieces you'll love.  Nancy

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WIRE WORK:   Bead & Wire Jewelry Exposed, by Margot Potter, Fernando DaSilva and Katie Hacker, is a well illustrated trip to wire and crystal world.  It's not quite as fresh as it's billed, but you will enjoy the projects.   Nancy

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WIRE WORK:   Irina Miech's Beautiful Wire Jewelry for Beaders, volumes one and two, are a pleasure to use.  Miech offers three levels of creative projects that will add to your skill set and to your jewelry box.    Nancy

more comments in Beading Diary 2009 - January 24 entry and Beading Diary 2010 - October 25 entry

 

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WIRE WORK:  There are many ways to make wire pendants, and Kimberly Sciaraffa Berlin's Build Your Own Wire Pendants covers most of them.  The book is well organized and a wire worker's dream book.  By the time you've made several projects, you'll have a fabulous jewelry wardrobe and mad skills.   Nancy

more comments in Beading Diary 2012 - October 18 entry

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WIRE WORK:   Creative Silver Chains, by Chantal Lise Saunders, is a wonderful skill-building guide to chain making.  Nancy

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WIRE WORK:  Easy & Elegant Beaded Copper Jewelry, by Lora S. Irish, is that necessary intermediate book for those who want to build on a very basic knowledge of wire work.  While "copper" is in the title, you could easily substitute other wire (depending on hardness) in the book's 300 illustrated links and the projects in which they are featured.  Nancy

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WIRE WORK:   Elegant Wire Jewelry, by Kathy Frey, is a treasure trove pf unique projects and ideas.  Nancy

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WIRE WORK:   Lacy Wire Jewelry, by Melody MacDuffee, takes the creation of cabochon bezels back in time.  The projects in this book are perfect for anyone who loves delicate, lovely jewelry.  Nancy

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WIRE WORK:  Links, by Jean Yates, combines lots of simple wire techniques and more for some projects that will make your mouth water.  Nancy

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WIRE WORK:  You can learn something from most any bead book, but Linda Jones Making Colorful Wire & Bead Jewelry is exceptional.  It has simple but unique projects anyone would be proud to make.  Love it.  Nancy

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WIRE WORK:   Making Wire Jewelry has lots of projects, 60 by the author's count.  The directions are very well illustrated.  The book actually made me want to go out and buy wire so I could get started.  No, wait.  I already have some squirreled away.   Now I know what to do with it.  Nancy

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WIRE WORK: Making Wire Jewelry and More, by Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey, is an excellent basic technique book - one of the best because everything is completely illustrated - there are three pages on how to make jump rings alone.  I love it.  Nancy

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WIRE WORK:  Mostly Metals is subtitled A Beginner's Guide to Jewelry Design.  Author Karin Buckingham is a gifted teacher/communicator who explains why as well as how to complete a project and learn a skill.  This is the way all books should be written.  Nancy

I just read your review of my book, "Mostly Metals," and I wanted to thank you for the kind words.  I'm glad you enjoyed the book!   Karin Buckingham

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WIRE WORK:  Simple rules:

  • You can't learn too much. 
  • You can't have enough earrings.
With Project Earrings, you get both.  Yes!  But wait, there's more.  You not only get wire earring projects in this book, but also bead work.  Project Earrings is a serious must have.   Nancy

more comments in Beading Diary 2012 - October 18 entry

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WIRE WORK:  Simply Bead & Wire is short but mighty.  There many very good projects packed into its pages.  Nancy

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WIRE WORK:  I love making wire jewelry because it's relatively easy and the results can be spectacular.  Also, I find my wire jewelry students are always hungry for more.  "More" can now be defined as Melissa Cable's Spotlight on WireNancy

Thanks for taking a look a Spotlight on Wire and for the kind words and rating!

Melissa Cable

 

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WIRE WORK:   Steel Wire Jewelry, by Brenda Schweder, is a great concept book.  The cost to produce the projects is much lower because the material is steel (cheap) wire BUT you can make them up out of any wire you choose.  The designs, like the material, are edgy and fun.  Very clever.  Nancy

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WIRE WORK:  Totally Twisted, by Kerry Bogert, focuses on combining gorgeous beads with wire twisting.  The projects are fresh and clean and really innovative.  Love this book!  Nancy

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WIRE WORK:  When you're only beginning to work with wire, it's good to have a well-illustrated reference book like Mickey Baskett's Wire Jewelry in an Afternoon It contains lots of whimsical projects.  Once you learn the basic techniques, you can make jewelry and critters!  Or jewelry with critters.   Nancy

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WIRE WORK:  Heidi Boyd's Wired Beautiful is full of fun projects with good directions for beginning wire workers.    Nancy

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WIRE WORK:  When you get to the advanced stage of wire wrapping, you will want to consider investing in Dale "Cougar" Armstrong's Wirework.  Armstrong is an acknowledged leader in the field and a well known teacher. her book will guide you through all kinds of projects.  Nancy

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WIRE WORK:  Once you understand the basics of wire work, please check out Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey's Wire Wrapping.  The projects are classics and very clear.  Nancy

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WIRE WORK:  Wrapped in Gems, by Mai Sato-Flores with Jesse Flores, is full of photos of rich gorgeous jewelry.  My only complaint is in the fact that instructions are pretty much copy only.  I would have like more illustration in that area.  Nancy

 
 
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Having a comprehensive, basic reference guide to just about everything is a necessary resource, which Anastasia Young has supplied in The Workbench Guide to Jewelry Techniques Nancy

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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