Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Wire Jewelry...

Jul 17, 2011

My first serious foray into the world of handmade jewelry came with a kit and book about making wire jewelry. (I hadn't yet discovered the joys of off-loom beadweaving.) I learned how to make jump rings, spirals and links and even managed to make a bracelet of chain links. I put the wire work aside when I got busy with college and work, and didn't really get back to it until very recently, when I discovered how much I enjoyed making my own ear wires and simple wire clasps for my beaded jewelry. Now that I'm really enjoying it, I'd like to take some more classes to learn wire basics and improve my skills. Unfortunately, I live in a rural area where beading and wire working classes aren't easily accessible - so it was great timing when I got a sneak peek at the new Live Wire eMag!

You'll learn how to make this Raindrops and Puddles necklace featuring a handmade ceramic pendant by Kristie Roeder of Artisan Clay

Live Wire eMag includes fourteen videos that show you the basics of working with wire and include helpful tips for those of us new to working with wire. These videos walk you through all sorts of common wire working tasks like measuring wire gauge, cutting your wire flush, making basic loops and opening jump rings and then gets into some more interesting and advanced techniques like adding texture and patina to your wires. The projects are perfect for someone just starting out with wire because you don't need a lot of equipment to start making them. I got started using just the tools, wire and beads that I already had in my bead stash! If you already own a good set of jewelry making pliers and tools, chances are you can get started making your own wire jewelry findings right away.

I'm a visual learner, and even though I prefer to learn through books, the videos embedded in the Live Wire eMag were extremely helpful for me because I could see exactly how each technique and piece was created. It was like having a wire jewelry making class right on my computer. And learning wire jewelry making skills from this new eMag is very economical: it costs less than a regular book or DVD and includes the best of both. There's no cost for shipping, since you download it straight onto your computer. It won't take up space in my bookshelf or on my beading table because you store it right on your computer, too!

Now that I've seen the new Live Wire eMag, I'm definitely going to be making more of my own wire earring findings, clasps and bails. I love how I can create custom wire jewelry findings for all my beading projects for less money than if I bought them ready-made from a supplier.

Take a look at the new Live Wire eMag in the Beading Daily Shop and find out just how easy it is to get started with wire jewelry!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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