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Wire Jewelry
Beaded and Beautiful: 24 captivating jewelry designs
Irina Miech

Kalmbach Books
June 6, 2017/ ISBN 978-1627003919
Crafts & Hobbies / Jewelry & Beadwork / Jewelry / Wirework

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


I fell in love with Irina Meich’s beautiful designs when I first purchased her 2009 release, Beautiful Wire Jewelry for Beaders, and several of her following releases on wire wrapping with beads and cabochons. Although I’ve been making wire wrap jewelry for years, I can safely say you don’t have to be an expert to create beautiful works of art following the clear directions and accompanying photos in Wire Jewelry Beaded and Beautiful. This issue is chocked full of over 40 designs to stir your creative juices and help you make stunning pieces for yourself or others, either as gifts or for sale. Among the designs featured are coiling patterns, focal point frames and bails, cabochons and focal point stones.

As always, Irina starts off with the basics, centering on tools and techniques, including some new items (at least to me), such as the use of Patina Gel and bracelet-making pliers. The chasing hammer and bench block are used to make beautiful spiral designs. Among them, great for beginners, are the “Pearl Simplicity Pendant” and the “Spiral Zig Zag Earrings,” and even the “Grecian Scroll Bracelet,” which at first might seem a bit complicated. However, with Irina’s easy to follow directions, you too can create stunning pieces of jewelry, whether you’re making pendants, earrings, bracelets or rings.

What I love most about this release is the section on “Focal Point Frames and Bails” with wonderful designs that make good use of beads and cabochons. Most everyone loves pendants, and there’s a lovely “Lotus Pendant” with variations that any beginner can make with stunning results. All of Irina’s releases offer wonderful ideas and inspirations for jewelry designers, and this latest release is no different. In fact, Wire Jewelry: Beaded and Beautiful just proves her designs keep getting better and better.

Notes: Irina Miech is a noted artist, teacher, and author. This is her 8th book, and her first wire book since 2010.

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