Jewelry Studio: Wire Wrapping by Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey
- Publisher: Interweave Press
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596680598
Wire Wrapping (Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey), is a nice introduction to the art of wire wrapping.
The book begins with a list of tools and materials needed to create the projects in the book. They include the ‘essential” tools as well as some “cool but not necessary” tools. This chapter also includes a wire guage chart which handy to have for a quick visual check, and a section on how to get the most of your tools. There are wonderful photos that clarify each step of the instructions, so you never have to wonder if you are doing it right.
The “first project” is a basic bracelet which is the foundation that the other pieces are built upon. The authors strongly recommend making and mastering this design before proceeding onto more complicated designs.
The book is heavy in bracelet projects-there are 8 of them compared to one pendant, one ring, one bracelet-pendant-earring set that make up the rest of the projects in this book. My favorites were the Art Deco styled “Bow Tie” bracelet, and a link bracelet called “Celtic Knot”. While the overall book is really great, I wish it had a few more ring projects in it. But thats a personal opinion, not a reflection on the book.
Overall, its a great book for the basics of wireworking bracelets and to have in conjuction with other wireworking books. Its very well written, with tons of photos to help you ever step of the way. I can strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a solid background learning the basics of wirewrapping.
By Barbe Saint John