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Design and create stunning handcrafted wirework jewelry using every type of wire imaginable. Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, and Kate Feld, longtime bead professionals, introduce the many metals, gauges, shapes, and finishes available to jewelry makers and explain how to choose the best wire for your project. Step-by-step instructions and illustrations describe the techniques you need to craft unique earrings, bracelets, and necklaces -- from making basic ear wires to wrapping a briolette for a pretty pendant.
This concise guide has all the information you need to make your own professional-looking jewelry using wirework techniques. Clear, step-by-step, fully illustrated instructions show you exactly how to select the best wire and findings; use a variety of pliers and cutters; and make
Show your style with handcrafted jewelry. Beaded Jewelry: Wirework Techniques has all the tips and tricks you need to make your own professional-looking jewelry using wirework techniques. Step-by-step instructions teach you how to select the best wire and tools for your project, while clear illustrations show you exactly how to bend, twist, and shape your way to beautiful loops, hoops, and head pins. You ll soon be designing and creating unique and personal earrings, bracelets, and pendants.
About the Author
Carson Eddy is the owner of The Boston Bead Company, with stores in Cambridge and Salem, Massachusetts. The Boston Bead Company offers an extensive calendar of classes and in-store demonstrations and maintains an online resource center, beadOpedia.
Co-author Rachael Evans has been a bead buyer, manager, and jewelry designer at The Boston Bead Company over the course of 12 years.
Co-author Kate Feld has worked as store manager and is currently the staff designer of The Boston Bead Company.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: Wire Basics
Wire Types - Wire Attributes - Selecting Wire for a Project
Chapter Two: Chain Basics
Chain Materials - Chain Treatments - Chain Styles
Chapter Three: Findings Basics
Clasp Findings - Earring Findings - Other Findings
Chapter Four: Tool Basics
Pliers and Cutters - Wire Shaping Tools - Measuring, Polishing, and Storage
Chapter Five: Wirework Techniques
Simple Loop - Wire-Wrapped Loop - Wire-Wrapped Bead Cap - Wire-Wrapped Link with Beads - Wire-Wrapped Link Chain - Briolette Wrap - Covering a Briolette - Making Basic Ear Wires - Making Head Pins and Eye Pins - Making Hoop Earrings - Working with Cones - Finishing Memory Wire - How to Open and Close Jump Rings - How to Use Split Ring Pliers - How to Use Wire Cutters
Appendix: Types of Metal