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WIRE JEWELLERY (article first published : 2005-12-16)

Quick and Easy Crafts: Wire Jewellery is a beautifully presented hard cover book with clear step-by-step photographs. There are 18 projects in this book which range from earrings and necklaces to bracelets and the publication is aimed at crafters with little or no knowledge of the subject.

The introduction to the 96-page Quick and Easy Crafts: Wire Jewellery gives information on tools, materials and techniques used. Each step is clearly defined and easy to follow. Helpful hints are also given. For example, when making the interlinked wire bracelet, crimp fastenings are used to finish the item off. However, if a different fastening is chosen, make sure it is fitted securely before snipping off excess wire.

The completed piece of jewellery is presented on a page detailing skill level on a scale of one to three as well as the approximate time it takes to make and the techniques used. One of the stunning items featured is a dragonfly brooch which can be pinned onto a lapel or a hat.

While all care is taken to show you how to create the jewellery, which is certainly attractive, and the methods are meticulous, itís very much a book of theory. I would have liked a more personal touch - to have felt better connected to the authorís persona and her creative process.

Quick and Easy Crafts: Wire Jewellery is published by New Holland Publishers and retails at R109.96 ISBN: 1843309858 Ė Pauline Dalais




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