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Build Your Own Wire Pendants
Build Your Own series
Kimberly Sciaraffa Berlin

Kalmbach Books
November 6, 2012 / ISBN 978-0871164568
How To/Crafts

Reviewed by Linda Morelli

Kimberly Sciaraffa Berlin takes an unusual tact for presenting ways to make your own designer pendants, and that is to first make a frame, and then embellish it with items you feel would make a great design. Left over gemstones? No problem. A few scattered seed beads? Use them as accents for other gemstones or crystals.

The author starts off with a discussion of safety basics, materials, beads, gemstones and cabochons, and then the various tools needed to complete your particular design. She also includes optional items you may wish to purchase, such as hammers, a tumbler, etc., but for the beginner, the basic tools she suggests are sufficient to make most of the designs.

The techniques discussed concentrate on making frames using wire, and to save on expenses, the author suggests using copper until the reader is more proficient. Frankly, jewelry made from this material is quite beautiful and copper is definitely an economical metal to use. Some items from around the house, such as pill containers, can also be used to make round frames for some of the pendants designs. Just fill in the circle as you wish with gemstones, wire curls, etc.

My favorites are the designs using drilled gemstones, such as the “Side-drilled Pendant” using a focal gemstone with small natural pearls, and the “Double Triangle Twisted Frame”, which is far easier to make than it sounds. The “Basic Wire Bezel” is exactly that (basic), but if you haven’t done it before, the author provides easy step-by-step instructions.

Build Your Own Wire Pendants is a high quality instructive how-to book from Kalmbach, filled with beautiful full color photos that will spark your creativity. It’s a definite keeper for any jewelry designer’s library, no matter your level of expertise.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2013