Synopses & Reviews
Known for her work in intricate wire wrapping and coiling, Jodi Bombardier takes a slightly different approach in this collection of 20-25 projects. Prompted in part by the ironwork so prevalent in her native Tucson, Jodi offers her interpretation of filigreedelicate work traditionally made by soldering threads of gold or silver. Jodi fashions her signature heavy gauge wire frames in sinuous shapes, cold-joining them with fine wire to form open, lacy patterns.
From Intro: Filigree jewelry is made up of fine wires shaped into intricate patterns in open soldered designs or soldered to a metal base. Typically gold or silver wire is used. In Artisan Filigree, we are not using hot connections but rather only cold connections by using heavier gauge wire for the shapes which are then coiled or woven together with finer gauge wire and some shapes are connected with jump rings
Jodi focuses on technique, particularly how to create shaped wire frames consistently and precisely. Concentrating on the correct ways to use tools and hold wire, she shows how proper body mechanics can create perfect-looking designs. She discusses the nuts and bolts of filigree design: how to create airy pieces that are still strong and stable enough to withstand daily wear. Projects follow, showing an increasing technicality of assembly, and integrating a greater number of wire pieces as she moves the reader along.
Yet while intent on sharpening skills, she also gives inspiration its due. In addition to providing project instructions, Jodi demonstrates how the same scrolled design can be manipulated, joined, or rearranged to offer endless variations with a basic element, offering design possibilities hampered only by the imagination.
Heavy ironwork meets delicate filigree! Get a collection of 20+ beautiful wire projects and learn exciting techniques for endless possibilities.
Inspired by the ironwork so prevalent in her native Tucson, Jodi Bombardier fashions her signature heavy gauge wire frames into sinuous shapes, cold-joining them with fine wire to form open, lacy filigree patterns.
Jodi focuses on technique, including the correct ways to use tools, hold wire, and create shaped wire frames consistently and precisely. She teaches how to create airy pieces that are still strong and stable enough to withstand daily wear. The projects increase in complexity as the book progresses and the reader builds confidence in filigree.
In addition to providing project instructions, Jodi demonstrates how scrolled designs can be manipulated, joined, or rearranged to create endless variations hampered only by the imagination.
About the Author
Jodi Bombardier is the author of Weave, Wrap, Coil: Creating Artisan Jewelry
(Interweave, 2010). A self-taught jewelry designer, she is a regular contributor to Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry
, and she sells her jewelry in boutiques throughout Arizona and Utah. Bombardier is a small business owner of Jewels By Jules, a unique handcrafted jewelry line. Both her web site, jewels-by-jules.com, and her blog, online-wire-wrapping-Instructions.com, offer tutorials. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Table of Contents
Tools and Materials
- About Wire
Measuring and Marking Round-Nose Pliers and Mandrels
Flush Cut vs. Pinch Cut
Get the Tilt Out
Add A Bead
Making Jump Rings with Bail-making Pliers
Making Jump Rings with Round-Nose Pliers
Cutting Jump Rings
Opening and Closing Loops and Jump Rings
Cloverleaf 3 Loops
Cloverleaf 5 Loops
Straight Cloverleaf 3 Loops
Elegant Elle (EE)
Taping Shapes Together
Looped S-Hook and Eye
Coiling Wire Shapes Together
I Want Different Sizes
Heart in Heart Earrings (Heart)
Abby's Bracelet (Regal Loops)
Trinity Pendant and Earrings (Scroll)
Elegant Elle Pendant (Elle)
Regal Ring (Regal)
Trish's Pendant (Regal Loops)
Regal Bracelet (Regal)
Joanna's Bracelet (Elle)
Regal Pendant (Regal, Cloverleaf)
Regal Heart Bracelet (Regal Loops, Heart)
Scrollicious Bracelet (Scroll)
Duplicity Earrings (Regal Loops, Elegant Elle)
Serenity Pendant (Regal Loops)
Shepherd's Hooks Earrings (Shepherd's Hooks)
Christy's Earrings (Heart)
Elegant Elle Bracelet (Elle)
Ornatia (Shepherd's Hooks)
Victoria's Pendant (Scroll, Cloverleaf)
Hanging Around on a Windy Day Pendant (Scroll)
Jules' Bracelet (Scrolls)
Franchezka's Necklace (Scrolls, Elle)