April 10, 2012/ ISBN 9780871164353
by Linda Morelli
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
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.