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The Absolute Beginners Guide:Making Wire Jewelry
Martine Callaghan

Kalmbach Books
April 10, 2012/ ISBN 9780871164353
How-to/Jewelry (Non-fiction)

Reviewed by Linda Morelli

This book's cover states it contains "everything you need to know to get started," and that's the absolute truth. Martine Callaghan provides us with a thorough introduction to metal wire types, gauge, temper (resistance) and shapes, and wire's various uses in jewelry. She also discusses tools and workspaces, as well as various beads and findings.

The projects start off easy and progress as the beginner learns and masters various techniques, though none of them are overly challenging. In short, perfect for beginners. The designs are varied and beautiful, with over 28 projects that include designs for drop earrings, various charm, bead and jump ring bracelets, necklaces (I personally love "Cleopatra's circlet"), pendants, chokers and brooches. Of special interest to me were the making of jump rings - a definite money-saving tip - as well as links, earring wires and rings.

Though geared for the beginner, even a pro will find useful information in this publication, as well as plenty of inspiration for creative designs. Beautiful illustrations, clear directions make this a must for anyone branching into wire jewelry and jewelry design.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2012