Which the cost of precious metals ever-rising, steel wire has become the hottest new jewelry-making material around. These 35 projects from jeweler Brenda Schweder include earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. They'll excite both professional jewelers looking for inspiration and beginners looking for a great place to get started. An introduction discusses metal's unique properties and all the basic techniques, from forming curves to creating chains, ribbons, clasps, and closures.
Brenda Schweder is a jeweler whose work has appeared in 30-Minute Rings, 30-Minute Earrings, 30-Minute Necklaces, Art Jewelry, Bead&Button, and more. She is the author of Junk to Jewelry and Vintage Redux. Brenda lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
"Greek leather wrapped with wire flowers!?! You had me at hello, Brenda! This is Brenda Schweder's new book, Steel Wire Jewelry. It's hot, hot, hot. I love it! The layout of the book is great, the projects are very clear, interesting and playful. If you like Calder's jewelry, then you're really going to love this book because it is especially whimsical and festive with all the loopy lines and such. I believe you can make these projects out of almost any wire. Colored, sterling, gold filled ... let's play already!" -- Candie Cooper / SavvyCrafter blog
"It's a very beautiful book, with strong images, good quality technical and artistic instruction, and clean graphic design." -- Fabrizio Tridenti
"Steel Wire Jewelry is a book I really like. It's no surprise: I like wire work, I like alternative materials, and with the price of gold and silver these days, who doesn't need another option of materials to work with? The 35 projects range from whimsical to sophisticated. They include directions for necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings (and) also ways to capture focal pieces that can be incorporated into these pieces. This book is fun and inspirational." -- Gail Lannum / Gail's Tales and Jewelry Designs blog
"Brenda shares 35 projects along with all the basic techniques you’ll need to get started using steel wire. Brenda says, 'The thrill of taking something so ordinary and transforming it into something so special and uncommon stirs my heart.' Her pieces stir my heart and funny bone, too. Each project is unique and witty." -- Craft Gossip
"The projects are very imaginative and even whimsical at times. Found objects are sprinkled in here and there. The projects get more complex as you move along, but new skills and techniques are explained very well. I love this book." -- The Bead Dreamer
"Reading through this book, I found myself laughing on occasion. Brenda Schweder seems like a fun and creative artist who has really infused her personality throughout the text. Her jewelry designs also show off this unique personality, and she obviously knows a great deal about jewelry. Steel is not a typical material to use, so her guide is a great way to learn how to work with this material without having to do a lot of trial and error." -- About.com: Jewelry Making
"The projects Brenda Schweder shows are easy to follow and have great illustrations. You will definitely be inspired to make them all. If you have not played with steel wire before, I assure you, you will love it!" -- Lorena Angulo blog
Steel Wire Jewelry *C*