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Inventive Wire Weaving
20+ unique jewelry designs
BY Susan Barzacchini

June 5, 2018/ ISBN 978-1627004954
Crafts & Hobbies /Jewelry & Beadwork

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Susan Barzacchini has provided an outstanding new release from Kalmbach with Inventive Wire Weaving. She starts with an excellent 20-page section on tools and supplies, including some unusual tools like disk cutting, drills, and metal stamping tool boxes, plus finishing and polishing toolboxes. She also covers soldering and additional wire and metal tools, wire gauges and hardness, torch beading, disk cutting, annealing and, naturally, wire weaving techniques.

The value of this release is the superb and visually stunning designs. Each project has a listing of supplies and tools necessary, and while some of the projects may appear daunting and intricate at first, the detailed instructions and full color photos clearly explain the design’s progress and will encourage you to try your own hand at a wire weaving project or two.

Each of her totally unique designs adds additional depth to the resulting jewelry. Each took my breath away. Of course, I have my favorites: the Sonoran Sunrise Pendant, the Ocean’s Treasure Earrings, and the visually captivating Taxidermy Eye Pendant. I also appreciated Ms. Barzacchini’s inclusion of design variations and use of unusual materials, which have given me some great ideas for all those single cabochons, beads and gemstones I’ve been holding onto for possible future projects.

Susan Barzacchini’s release, Inventive Wire Weaving, is an outstanding and wonderful compilation of the artist’s stunning creations. Whether you’re into wire wrapping or weaving, or just want to try something new, once you see the cover of this book, you’ll want to pick this up and use it to stir your own creative juices. You can be sure I’m keeping it as a great future reference, any time I get a “designer’s block” or want to make something unusual as a gift for a friend or family member. Or, in the case of the Taxidermy Eye, for myself.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Fiery Surrender, Shadow of a Doubt, and Lani's Challenge.
Reviewed 2017