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Book Review: Timeless Wire Weaving

October 9, 2015 , In: Book Reviews, Metalsmithing
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The Complete Course

“Sure, It’s only wire, but look what you’ve done with it! The transformation is amazing” -Lisa Barth

 
Timeless Wire Weaving

Today I thought I would share one of my favourite jewelry making books EVER! Yep, it’s that good!

Timeless Wire Weaving, The Complete Course by Lisa Barth.

It starts out with a wonderfully worded and very empowering introduction, talks about the tools you will need, the materials you will use, the terminology, types of weaves and other techniques needed to create the projects in this book.

After providing all of this information it then takes you on to the four beginner projects, admittedly normally I turn my nose up at beginner projects (I like to run before I can walk) but these ones are beautiful and really worth making!

Such beautiful pieces

The projects included in the beginner section are Spiral woven hoops, Donut bail pendent, Woven frame pendent and a wonderful Woven link necklace.

The book then moves on to four intermediate projects…. Woven bezel earrings (oh my these are cute), Cross pendent, Inverted donut bail, and Scalloped edge woven bracelet. These projects are so beautifully detailed that it is hard to believe that they are for an intermediate level.

Work in Progress Bracelet

Then on to my favourite section, five Advanced projects. It starts with the amazing Woven bezel pendent (seriously stunning) this even has a seed beaded back option! Then there is the Double diamond woven bracelet, Mirror image bracelet, Twist and turn woven bracelet and then the amazing Double-crossed woven bracelet. The book ends in an outstanding Inspirational Gallery where Lisa talks a little about the designs and shows how they can be changed for different looks, and an About the Author page.

What I really love about this book is how incredibly easy it is to follow. I am a very visual learner and find it a real struggle to follow written instructions alone/at all, so this book is great for me because it is crammed full of easy to follow photos.

Labradorite Woven Bezel Pendent

This is my first attempt at Lisa’s Woven bezel pendent and I love it, of course when I got around to the back I got side tracked and ended up doing some thing different, which is another thing I really like about this book, Lisa encourages you to change up the designs and make them your own….

Soldered Heart Back Plate

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to trying some of the other projects!

 

Niky Sayers

Niky Sayers started creating jewellery 6 years ago after stumbling across a jewellery making blog while looking for a hobby. She is a stay at home mum with hermit like tendencies, a mild addiction to coffee and chocolate and a love of all things handmade or antique/rusty. While not raising her tribe she like to keep as busy as possible playing with metal sheet, wire and other treasures and trinkets all at her kitchen table in Surrey, England.
  1. Reply

    I love Lisa's work and the pieces you made are also gorgeous!! Wow! I think I'd love this book just for the eye candy!!!

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    What a beautiful bezel! I love the soldered hearts on the back

  3. Reply

    Niky: You have certainly increased my enthusiasm for owning this book! Lisa is in one of my beading groups and I always admire her work. I've wanted this book for quite some time but have held off until my eye surgeries are completed. Wire is my all time favorite medium and I cannot wait to try this book! Your endorsement means a lot to me. Thanks for sharing this.

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