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Translucent pieces of sea glass become stunning pendants. Sand-polished beach stones morph into bold cuffs. This amazing transformation of simple raw materials into exquisite finished jewelry is at the heart of Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry.

The friendly collaboration between two inspired artists is reflected in their harmonious pairing of natural elements with freeform wire and metal techniques. Each project features two versions of a design, resulting in 50 expressive pieces that take your breath away.
112 pages • 200 color photos
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Product Number: 67040
ISBN: 9780871167040
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Today I have a special share for you- a book written by two of my favorite people (and SUCH talented jewelry artists, to boot!) Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry was written by good friends and local artists Beth Martin and Eva Sherman.

This glossy 112-page instructional book published by Kalmbach features large, easy-to follow pictures of tools, techniques, and tutorials. After the introduction, there is a VERY helpful section on materials and tools, following by basic metal working techniques.

You should note that this is not a book for the very beginner- the authors start with basic metal working techniques, but you will need more advanced tools such as chasing hammers, pickling medium, a torch, etc.

After the basic techniques are laid out, they offer twelve beginner projects, thirteen intermediate projects, and a lovely gallery to inspire you further.

Now, if it were me, I’d say that these projects are more on the “intermediate to advanced” level- mostly because I (admittedly) have no experience annealing metal, forging, or riveting. All of those tasks seem pretty “intermediate” to me!

But I did find one project in the book I could do with my rudimentary wire skills- the “Catch A Wave” cuff.

I thought it was a bit heavy, so I added a clasp out of the excess wire. The instructions call for 5 feet of wire- I found that was about 2 feet too many! So I used it by adding the clasp and an extra “wave” of wire. I’m fairly happy with how it turned out!

Now, I should mention that each of the projects has an option for using beach glass OR beads- so if you are a beach lover and want to use your treasures from the sea, you’ll have ample inspiration here. But if you don’t, no worries- there’s still lots of great wire projects to get you going.

As I mentioned, these ladies are my friends and I even taught at Eva’s shop a few years ago-so know that I’m perhaps a wee bit biased- but I can say with all objectivity that their first offering is clear, concise, and filled with great information and techniques.

-Jenny Rohrs, Craft Test Dummies

Some of the loveliest found objects for jewelry making has to be sea glass and pretty stones. Throw in crystals, pearls and gemstones and these are the fixings for delicious jewelry designs.

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry is the name of the book I just received for review. It celebrates the beauty of natural materials combined with man made ones as well as an intrinsically relaxed progress in the design process.

This new inspirational and instructional book is by Beth Martin and Eva Sherman. Both designers are also instructors and one assumes, also great friends. I was disappointed there wasn't anything in the introduction, other than their mutual love of sea glass etc, which explained how their collaboration came about.

The book covers several different different techniques such as balling wire, drilling, stamping, riveting, forging and texturing metal. While there are clearly metal work methods involved, the tools used are not majorly expensive ones. They use a drill to help coil the wire faster!

They certainly make a good case for learning how to use a hand held torch. It is not only used for balling wire ends but to anneal wire so it is soft enough to be forged or textured.

One awesome technique I learned from the book was how to braze copper, an easy soldering technique just for this metal. A torch and a brazing rod are needed. The Vines and Tendrils pendant uses this technique to great effect. As you can see from the instructions below, 3 U shaped wire lengths are brazed together at the back. The wire ends are then either scrolled in the front or used to create the bail. Neat!

The authors show how to drill sea glass and stone and even how to set a grommet in the hole. But I was pleased to see a number of projects which did not require any drilling. One example is the Waterway pendant featuring a coiled wire surround for the stone or sea glass focal which is held by cross wires both front and back. Adding beads to the front cross wires is a delightful touch.

My favorite design from the book was the Mermaid Tears collar. This design was absolutely true to the book's theme as the various elements were indeed fashioned organically around the metal collar. Every design created with this style is bound to be one of a kind!

This book is not for absolute beginners but for jewelry makers further along the journey - the late beginners and intermediates - who are willing to try new techniques and are not hung up on symmetry and preciseness but love to go with the flow with organic materials.

-Pearl Blay, The Beading Gem's Journal

Organic Wire and Metal Jewelry: Stunning Pieces Made with Sea Glass, Stones, and Crystsals is a practical crafting book for intermediate to advanced metalworkers and wireworkers, revealing how to create beautiful, distinctive jewelry from relatively inexpensive materials and tools. A wealth of full-color photographs demonstrate the step-by-step instructions to metalworking techniques such as coiling, drilling, stamping, riveting, texturing, making spirals and loops, and more. The reader is invited to put his or her skills to the test in 25 trendy designs, each with two variations, for a total of fifty suggested projects. Extravagant waterspout earrings, charm bracelets, rings with a natural flourish, and more are among the colorful handmade wonders suggested in this excellent and thoroughly accessible craftbook.

-The Midwest Book Review
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