Sunday, July 3, 2011

Teach Yourself How To Make Sophisticated Wire Art Jewelry

If you've been looking to increase your wire wrapping skills as of late, Weave, Wrap Coil by Jodi Bombadier is the right book for you. This book, Creating Artisan Jewelry: Weave, Wrap, Coil will surely offer an element of sophistication and grace to any wire wrapper's jewelry. The author can also help teach you how to do simple wire weaving, an added and unexpected bonus found in this book.

Jodi starts out explaining her own path into wire wrapping and what factors played a part in her draw to wire jewelry. After reading the next section, Fundamentals of Wire, you'll be able to move onto the books' projects easily. Next, Jodi explains the very few simple tools you'll need to get yourself started making wire jewelry. If you want to learn how to weave wire, the Techniques section will provide you with five simple and easy weaving patterns to choose from. For anyone wanting to enhance their wire working skills, this section is a real bonus to have included.

Next is where the book starts to get into its' actual projects. Almost anyone could find a project here to match and/or stretch their own skill levels. The beginner projects total nine and has three earrings, one pendant, two rings, two bracelets and a basket weave cuff included. This cuff is particularly appealing. While a simple project, it's gracefully designed and quite elegant. See the end wires to appreciate her lovely design sense and how beautifully she finishes the ends off.

Nine more interesting (and some challenging) projects can be found in the Intermediate projects section. A diverse, varied selection of projects is located here as well.

A pleasing assortment of advanced projects intended for the more skilled or experienced art wire jeweler is available in the last section of Creating Artisan Jewelry: Weave, Wrap, Coil. There are a total of seven projects in this section: rings, bracelets, pendants and one cuff. If you've ever wanted to learn simple ways to weave wire, you'll be pleased to find those projects included here, too.

Weave, Wrap, Coil: Creating Artisan Jewelry by Jodi Bombadier is an impressive book with its twenty-five projects for all levels of skill and interest. You'll find many of the book's projects having twenty or more step-by-step instructions and you'll also find that there are very detailed illustrations in this book. The layout of the book is quite well done in addition. Adding to the fact that this book has numerous excellent projects, Jodi adds her beautiful, elegant and sophisticated design sensibilities to a craft that often lacks exactly that. This is a very nicely done book indeed.

Lisa Van Herik is an art jeweler and author of Make Wire Beads and Fiberwire Beads and Jewelry. She maintains two websites: where you can join the mailing list to receive free wire jewelry tutorials, and where you can find more great jewelery making book reviews.

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