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Colorful Wirework
Twist, Wrap, Weave
Kim St. Jean

Kalmbach Books
July 12, 2016/ ISBN 978-1627003162
Crafts & Hobbies / Jewelry & Beadwork / Wire wrap Jewelry

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Notes: Kim St. Jean teaches metalsmithing and other jewelry-making techniques at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, the Bead&Button Show, Swarovski’s Create Your Style in Tucson, the Wildacres Retreat, and other venues across the U.S.

Kim St. Jean expertly combines her love of teaching and her creative talent as a jewelry maker in this latest release from Kalmbach Books. The book includes 25+ wire jewelry projects and incorporates the techniques of twisting, wrapping and weaving colored wire. Whether you’re a novice or expert, you’ll love the easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and photos that suggest techniques and new designs to help you create unique jewelry.

What I love most about this new release is that each stunning design abounds with color that accentuates the latest fashion trends and styles for bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants and rings. The “Basics” section discusses tools and techniques, such as crochet, plain and wrapped loops, clasps, jump rings, etc., along with full-color photos. I especially liked the section, “About the Wire,” that discusses the various gauges of wire and their uses.

There are three sections: “Wrapping” with nine projects, “Coiling” with ten designs, and “Weaving” with nine designs. A major portion of the projects are easy; most readers will be able to start without any previous experience. Precise photos and instructions will help a novice become a pro in no time. I have my favorite, but at the top is the “Sea Foam Web” earrings utilizing rondelles and colored wire. Next is the unusual “New Beginnings” bracelet, which involves making a Viking knit with wire, crystals and beads.

The author was once a Swarovski Ambassador and uses crystals to produce stunning pieces, and her jewelry-making techniques complement each suggested design. The true value of the book, however, is providing incentive to get your creative juices flowing and help you create your own unique jewelry.

If you can? find the tools and materials mentioned in this book, try Fire Mountain Gems

Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Fiery Surrender, Shadow of a Doubt, and Lani's Challenge.
Reviewed 2016