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Wire Jewelry: Develop And Learn Some New Art Wire Jewelry Techniques

Updated on May 9, 2013

Unique Jewelry Making

A new book from the UK, Sarah Keay's Design and Make Jewellery Using Textile Techniques, is an interesting and stimulating publication that any art jeweler will find valuable. Textile art jewelry enthusiasts will not be disappointed with Ms. Keay's addition to potential textile techniques for jewelry.

The first unusual nugget from Ms. Keay is in the introduction where she presents information about the relationship between wire jewelry and textile techniques. As if that weren't unique and special enough, the book then follows with a section on the beginning of contemporary jewelry using textile techniques. This rare and informative section is completed with a brief blurb on today's foremost textile art jewelers including Mary Lee Hu, Arlene Fisch and Flora Book. Textile art jewelers will no doubt find this entire introductory section fascinating. You won't find this kind of historical perspective in many art jewelry books.

We move on from there to the three page Materials section which adequately presents everything you'll need to complete this book's diverse and interesting projects on how to make wire jewelry. Also, the author provides a lot of tips and warnings for your consideration before you begin any work.

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The books' projects begin with Nuno felting where loose fibers are bonded to sheer fabrics as well as a project on standard felting. All is quite well illustrated and the instructional text steps are clearly laid out. Crocheting a silk necklace follows along with an inspiring five page gallery section on crocheted jewelry.

The next section, which is Binding, is equivalent to what we in the States call wire wrapping but this project differs slightly, is more sophisticated and is quite appealing. The gallery page following is also very inspiring and well presented. Learn how to make both a tiara and a hollow bangle in the next section on Knitting and French Knitting, learning the difference between the two to boot. What's unusual about the sections above is the wonderful gallery photos throughout that help you visualize the potential of the various techniques. This is where you'll find some very unique finished works using different kinds of textile techniques.

There's also a rare section on how to manually weave jewelry on a loom. While the weave looks complex and quite interesting, the process is much easier than one would think. Wire jewelry artists should find this section most valuable as it is rare to find this particular technique so well demonstrated.

Lastly, this book finishes by presenting four more art jewelry textile techniques: hand spinning, smocking, bobbin lace making and sewing.

Be sure you check out the hand spinning project here as well. By recycling old newspaper, you can spin it into yarn for art jewelry making. Fascinating. Going green makes this project all the more appealing.

This unique book, Design and Make Jewellery Using Textile Techniques, concludes its wonderful presentation with a tantalizing gallery section. A well conceived how-to, this book can offer some originality to your library of textile art jewelry techniques. Be sure to review the websites listed at the book's end.

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