Someone recently asked me a rather large question: "How do you make wire jewelry?" After sorting out a rush of my own thoughts, I decided to focus my answer on wire jewelry books.

Making wire jewelry is a fairly large subject encompassing many, many different wire jewelry techniques. Certainly wire jewelry has its roots in history. Add to that the surge in wire wrapped jewelry in recent years. Think about techniques when you want to learn how to make wire jewelry.

I've already mentioned the wire wrapping but also start to look around and discover the wide variety of other techniques available to wire jewelry lovers: crochet and knit wire jewelry, chain maille and bead maille. Woven wire techniques is a fairly large subject all in itself. Aside from the crochet and knit categories, their are all the basketry techniques that can be used for wire jewelry making. Then of course, there's braiding with wire both round and flat. You'll also certainly want to look at any new wire jewelry making techniques although they're few and far between.

One that comes to mind immediately is Melody MacDuffee's wire twisting technique that she does with beads. While I recognize this as an old method, Melody has taken and refined it quite nicely. As with all wire jewelry making techniques, it's what you design with the technique that's the key. You can learn all the methods and read all the wire jewelry making tutorials in the world but if you can't design something with them, you'll likely suffer from frustration.

In any event, getting to the point, one of the best ways to learn how to make wire jewelry is by deciding which of the many, varied techniques you'd like to learn and then carefully choosing wire jewelry books that address that technique.

Look around and do some research, find wire jewelry that you love, find out how it was made and then learn that technique. Wire jewelry making books can then be purchased to enhance and increase your learning of that particular technique. Then do the process all over again with another technique you admire. Before you know it, you'll have a whole repertoire of skills and wire jewelry making techniques at your disposal. And the wire jewelry books are all there to help you on your way. Read book reviews before you purchase to make sure you've chosen a good one.
Well, this little labor of love, Best Wire Jewelry Making Books, has expanded far beyond my original concept. While I originally thought I'd review a handful of my favorite wire jewelry how-to books, the more I've focused on this, the more wonderful books and instructions I discover.

I've also been very surprised at the amount of traffic this site has generated in just a few short months. I believe that means that folks are getting something here and maybe the book reviews are helping direct their book purchases more effectively. That was my purpose. Having bought many books myself that ended up being disappointing, I really wanted to see if I couldn't help others avoid that same experience. In any event, I also wanted to give you all the opportunity to comment or let me know if this site has been helpful to you. So please, feel free to leave any comments or suggest any new books you'd like reviewed.

While much of what I do necessarily focuses on making a living, this site is not about that but rather just enjoyment. It gives me alot of pleasure to work on this site and I've learned from doing these in-depth book reviews. Since I only review the best books I can find, this is a pretty positive experience.

Finally, another surprise associated with this website is that I'm now constantly looking for new and exciting wire jewelry or other jewelry making instructions for you. So you may see some rather unusual jewelry making instructional materials coming up. My latest is the fork jewelry DVD I just discovered but I've also found some interesting books on selling your jewelry that I'll be getting put up shortly.

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