Jewelry makers of all types love creating with wire, and Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry opens up an entirely new world for this flexible medium. From angular, geometric forms to organic, curvy, elongated lines — and from simple flat weaves to elaborate multi-layered creations — there’s no end to the potential for this technique!
Although the designs in Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry may look very intricate and visually complex, even those new to wireworking can easily follow Kaska Firor’s clear, careful instructions for 20 compelling projects.
Motivated jewelry makers will learn five different weaves as a jumping-off point for their own experimentation. Each section focuses on a particular technique, moving from beginner-level projects to more challenging designs. Inventive ways to include stones and beads, plus combine weaves, add even more interest to these dramatic, freeform pieces.
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Author: Kaska Firor
Softcover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 112 pages; 310 color photos; ISBN: 9780871167033
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Kaska graduated from University of Cincinnati with a BA in Interior Design in 1988. Over the years, her love of handicrafts led her to pursue other creative avenues, as well including clay sculpture, stained glass, sawing and eventually wire arts. She has been designing and crafting wire jewelry since the summer of 2000, when she took her first instruction in that medium. She spent several years working with traditional wire-wrapping techniques honing her skills and experimenting with various types of wires and tools.
In the last few years, her focus has shifted to more innovating wire techniques, including those borrowed from basket weaving and textile arts. The intricate and visually complex patterns of the weaves were what originally attracted Kaska to wire weaving. Her fascination with the art continues to grow as she discovers more complex and challenging ways of combining and modifying different techniques and more inventive ways of incorporating stones, beads, and other elements into her woven designs.
Kaska displays and sells her jewelry at art shows in the Midwest, where she has won numerous awards. Her work has been published in several trade magazines; most recently, her woven bracelet design was featured on the cover of March 2012 issue of Art Jewelry magazine. She teaches jewelry classes locally at her studio in Cincinnati, Ohio as well as nationally. She believes that strong foundations are the key to successful design. In her classes she emphasizes proper technique and attention to detail and challenges her students with projects designed to increase their skill level.
I get asked all of the time about wire wrapping a cabachon or found item that doesn't have a hole. I was pleased to see a book that showcases some options for this problem. "You'll learn how to: work with five different wire weaves: over-over weave, over-under weave, coiling, circular weave, and looping, complete 20 beautiful step-by-step projects designed to showcase those weaves, including a 'design your own' challenge pendant, and construct and finish each piece with professional results, following the comprehensive basics." I particularly enjoyed Chapter 1 which showcased the various weaves used within the book. It made me want to break out my Soft Flex craft wire and weave a baby bird nest! If you or a loved one are into using craft wire, this is a great book for learning new techniques to pursue a more complex design.
-Sara Oehler, SoftFlexGirl
I've done a bit of wire work in the past, but was intimidated by the intricate weaving designs of late. And so was very pleased by the in depth instruction in this book. Kaska Firor breaks down the info in an easy to understand way, going into the various wire gauges, types of wire, tools, techniques, etc. There are several projects that I now feel a bit more comfortable about attempting after having read the book.
-Lea Avroch, lajewelrydesigns
I personally love working with beads and wire, and this book provides ideas and designs using both. Ms. Firor does an excellent job of covering the basics about wire, materials, tools and supplies, but her expertise is revealed best in her wire techniques. She covers five types of wire weaves—over-under, over-over, coiling, looping, and circular weaving—to reveal how we can create a bracelet, earrings or filigree pendant. I enjoyed reading the discussion on coiling and looping, various techniques used to make wire jewelry using beads and stones and other findings, or jewelry using wire alone. The author has included one of the most complete diagrams and instructions on wire techniques that I’ve seen in a comprehensive format, so even a beginning jewelry designer can take off running with this resource.
Even though I’ve been making wire wrapped jewelry for a while, the new techniques shown by the author have me anxious to break out my wire and make similar pieces. I love the designs she’s made using the basket weave and, fortunately, the first chapter reveals the various methods of weaving she uses in wonderful detail, with color illustrations. The balance of the book shows various designs which can be used, with your own creative input, to make truly beautiful and unique jewelry that everyone will love. I especially love the “Ribbon” bracelet, but then, there are so many wonderful designs in this book that it was truly hard to decide which one I loved best.
Easy, clear and detailed instructions, with wonderful color photographs, made Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry an absolute winner for me.
-Linda Morelli, MyShelf.com