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Bead on a Wire: Making Handcrafted Wire and Beaded Jewelry

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20 step-by-step bead and wire jewelry projects including earrings, necklaces, brooches and bracelets from popular craft author and magazine editor Miller.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by North Light Books
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Altivo Overo
Dec 16, 2015 Altivo Overo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone interested in jewelry design and construction
Shelves: beadwork
Clear and precise, well-illustrated guide. The author breaks down wire-bending and beading into procedures such as "making a wire link" or "making an eye pin" and then illustrates the way in which these procedures can be connected to create an entire project such as a bracelet or earrings. Easy to follow, reasons usually given for why things are done a certain way. The sample projects are attractive and mostly uncomplicated. I'd recommend this highly to anyone interested in the construction of w ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafting
Excellent instructions and explanations. A great book for beginners, also a good reference for the experienced. Not all of the projects are terribly attractive but they all involve versatile elements that are great leaping off points for experimentation.
Jun 28, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jewelry-making
This is a great book. Even if you are not new to wire and bead jewelry, this book will teach you great, new ideas. Definitely a keeper for referencing great ideas in wire-working. I love this book and recommend it! Easy to read, easy to follow, and this author makes things that last! I've had some books with designs that break, but not these. These designs are ones you'll make and keep for a good while. I've had this book for years but I'm new to Goodreads, so I just had to come on here and writ ...more
Dec 28, 2010 josey rated it really liked it
Shelves: jewelry-how-to
I have an interest in jewelry making with wire and saw this book got good reviews on It IS an excellent book for beginners (plus some cool projects for all diff levels)--it stresses precision and craftsmanship which I like :) I am, however, reading a few other jewelry-making books and finding that it's best to put all the knowledge together as 1) this book is almost 6 years old and jewelry-making has boomed since then and 2) there are sooo many opinions, tips and techniques out there ...more
Feb 02, 2012 Helen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jewelry-making
A good book on a better wire jewelry making, unlike the plain common one. With flattening by a hammer and antiquing in the liver of sulfur.

Artist's jewelry making style is opposite to my taste, too heavy and busy looking, but the techniques are priceless for general education, in case you ever will need to get this effect. I already was wondering how they did that flat wire wrap around focal bead, and here it is.

Oct 31, 2008 Darlene rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in learning about wire and beaded jewelry this book is great. It has wonderful photos. The instructions are clear. The designs and techniques shown are the current trends in handcrafted jewelry. I refer to this book time after time. Whether I need to make a handmade clasp or I need inspiration to start something new, this book helps me to be creative.
Jan 10, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
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This is an excellent book, not only for the clear, concise instructions and excellent photos, but also for inspiration! I've become a fan of Sharilyn Miller's style, it's very much like my own style, and I enjoy her books immensely. It's also a good reference book for techniques. I highly recommend this book!
Sep 28, 2010 TK rated it liked it
The author's designs are beautiful, and the list of tools exhaustive and helpful. However, she does everything but smelt her own metal wire. I was really looking for more of a beginners guide. The author's metal work with several of the projects is extensive; I just want to thread beads.
Sep 03, 2008 Wendi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jewelry-making
This is the BEST book I've found about creating wire jewelry. BEST book EVER. It gives really, really clear steps on how to create wire jewelry and findings and clasps. Lots of awesome projects too. I hate that I have to take this book back to the library. I really do. I love it too much.
Nov 18, 2010 Aubrey rated it it was amazing
I don't really add books like this to my account but I had to return it to the library and want to make sure I never forget it. Pretty much all of the jewelry in here was so gorgeous and it looked so simple to make and has inspired me to start making my own jewelry for sure.
Lee Koopman
Apr 15, 2010 Lee Koopman rated it liked it
A great book for beginners. I'm an old hand with wire but I did find one thing that I wanted to make. Most of the projects are really basic but there are nice patterns and the instructions are very clear
Jun 21, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
Highly illustrated step-by-step instructions and techniques to make professional-looking saleable handmade jewelry. Discusses and carefully pictures the use of specialty tools.
Oct 06, 2009 Jobi rated it it was ok
This is a great book for beginners, but you can find most everything there in other, more comprehensive and interesting books.
Jean Yates
Apr 13, 2008 Jean Yates rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: jewelry designers and those eager to learn more about all areas of jewelry design
This jewelry design book is a classic, and for anyone who wants to understand wire work better, it is a must have, in my opinion!
Mar 20, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jewelry
Extremely useful techniques presented in a way easy to follow. I've already made some of the things explained here.
Aug 20, 2008 Robin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who like doing bead crafts
This is a really good crafting book that shows how to work with wire to make jewelry.
Tammy Powley
Mar 30, 2008 Tammy Powley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: wire/metal workers
Rebecca Coday
Apr 27, 2012 Rebecca Coday rated it it was amazing
best bead/wire how to book out there IMHO!
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Good basic wire techniques.
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