The Complete Guide to Wire and Beaded Jewelry: Over 50 Beautiful Projects and Variations Using Wire and Beads
by Linda Jones
(Cico $24.95 US) is packed full of jewelry projects and basic wire forming techniques. Though designed primarily for the beginning jewelry maker, there are some more challenging projects as well that those with a little wire experience will also find interesting.
Techniques and Projects
The book starts off with projects right away, and that is one of the major pluses of this book overall, lots and lots of projects. While some of the designs were not necessarily my personal style, there were so many (over 50 according to the subtitle) that there is plenty of choice as far as finding what works for your own style. I particularly liked some of the projects that included forming heart-shaped wire components since hearts are a favorite theme of mine.
Though a techniques and a tools section are provided in the back, the techniques are primarily covered in the projects. So, for example, as you learn to make a pin or pair of earrings, the color photographs that accompany the instructions also illustrate techniques as well, thus not requiring you to flip back to the techniques section.
As I said before, I was impressed mainly with the large number of projects in this book. The sheer volume makes it possible to cover a large range of tastes and styles. One issue I feel is important to mention, though probably not all that surprising considering the title, is that this is mainly a wire book. Yes, there are a lot of beads packed throughout the pages as well, but the beads are really secondary in most of the projects in both design and techniques.