Thursday, April 23, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway - Decorative Wire Findings

By on Thursday, April 23, 2015 45 Comments

There is nothing wrong with buying findings and components for jewelry making. There is something very gratifying to be able to put a design together quickly.  But if you really want to make your designs as handmade as possible, then you've got to consider making your own findings - both the functional ones like ear wires and clasps and the decorative variety.




I just received a new Kalmbach book for review on just this topic.   Decorative Wire Findings is written by designer and instructor Melody MacDuffee whom I have featured on this blog before. See Jewelry by Melody MacDuffee and the Soul of Somanya and her online video tutorial class giveaway. This new book is her second.  I previously reviewed her first called Lacy Wire Jewelry.


Many of the 26 projects in this book have her distinctive style of delicate lacy wire work.  Besides the earrings, bracelets and necklaces, Melody has included 2 brooches and 1 ring design. The book is organized differently in that the Basics section is found at the back, rather than the front. I am not quite sure what the rationale was for this arrangement.

I actually found it best to read the Basics first because the foundation of all her wire squiggles, coils, loops, curlicues, bezels, spiral links, bails, clasps, bail and even post earrings back  are found there.  By doing so, the project designs and instructions are then easier to read and understand.  That is because Melody often incorporates several design elements and components in a single design.



She really makes handmade components work very hard.  For example, the type of double loop connector shown in (A) below for her 5 Strand Earrings is used to connect beaded wires together as well as link to each other.   Perhaps a few more step by step pictures would have made this particular project quicker to grasp.


Having said that, most of her projects are easy to fathom with the help of the Basics section.  The Make Ahead table on each instruction page shows the different elements needed. For example,  the bracelet design below uses hand cut jump rings,a basic hook and eye clasp, and 11 strand basic connector and an awesome 11 strand spiral spacer bars (linked wire coils are underneath).  The ability to make your own findings means you don't have to compromise your design vision just because you cannot find the right number strand connectors.


Melody's bezel work is lovely.  Her twisted wire bail shown below is a fine accompaniment to the design as with the various links and clasp.


One of my favorite design elements is her floral post earring component with a handmade post earring back as shown in the earrings below.  She also has a  floral wire bead cap design reminiscent of this element.


Her creativity shines with her brooch designs.  This delightful horse brooch is one.  It has a handmade pin back.


The book has numerous examples of how to create wire connectors and how to mix it up with beads. They form the basis of many of her necklaces and this bracelet selection below :


I also liked how she hid the clasp behind the lacy skirt of the Floral Botswana Agate necklace.


One  absolutely stunning design which encapsulates this designer's style and approach is the Raspberry Agate Marquise necklace.  Her wire work looks like filigree wire work which requires soldering.  Melody's techniques only requires basic tools and easy to master wire skills.


All that silver work is difficult to photograph so some of the backgrounds used just didn't do some of the lovely designs justice.  But the book is still a worthy one for the library as there are lots of ideas and clever innovations.  Highly recommended for late beginners and intermediate jewelry makers who want to make their own decorative wire findings.

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Giveaway

If you'd like to win a copy of Decorative Wire Findings, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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This giveaway is international.

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It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Thursday, April 30, 2015 . I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or remember to come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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45 comments:

  1. Glenda RutherfordApril 23, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Wow, what an awesome looking book, I would love to win that!!
    Glenda
    pglenda@yahoo.com

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  2. WOW...this takes wire to a new level Pearl!!! I'd LOVE to win this for help and inspiration, thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. The book looks awesome and complicated, simple and dramatic. Would love to tackle several of her designs

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  4. Thanks Pearl. This looks like a fun food and I would love to have a copy of it. I'm a blog follower, twitter, FB
    Carol
    designingIt.etsy.com

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  5. Beautifal book and so much talent
    trish128@mail.com

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  6. I would love a chance to win this book! I have been working hard at learning wire work, but I am self taught with the help of the net and some wonderful blogs like yours! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  7. I am a loyal blog follower!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  8. This looks like another fabulous book, and I'd love to win it!! My contact is retro-grrl@hotmail.com should I be that lucky :)

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  9. There will never be enough time to make all the ideas you present to us. Thank you...I think. Blog follower, zoowatcher10@yahoo.com

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  10. Cool book...would love to win this!

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  11. The filigree pieces is stunning and I would love to learn how it is made. Thanks for hosting this giveaway

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  12. This looks fantastic!
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  13. Would love to win this! I need inspiration and it looks like this book would definitely provide it! grinchswoman@hotmail.com

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  14. This book is awesome......would live to win a copy!!!!!

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  15. this is totally gorgeous - very inspiring

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  16. People who take the time and effort to write a book absolutely amaze me!

    Melody certainly has some lovely ideas and making your own connections and components is always good to know.

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  17. Wonderful projects in this book that I know I would make! Thank you for sharing your review with us. Fingers crossed I win ;)

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  18. Can always learn something new!

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  19. This book sounds wonderful. Would love to have a copy. (Sorry if this posts twice)

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  20. I have a love-hate relationship with wire and this looks like the Cure! Thanks, Pearl :)

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  21. I first began making jewelry using wirework and then expanded. The pieces in this book are very awesome and I would love to win a copy. I would revisit the beginning of my journey in jewelry-making!! come full circle !! Thanks for this opportunity! vjclemente@yahoo.com

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  22. Have been follower for years. Don't know if you prefer separate comments or no :)

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  23. I subscribe to the blog because I Love learning more - give me more, more, I say.

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  24. Love this book. I'm trying not to jump up and down and yell, "Pick me, pick me!!!"

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  25. Love the linking chain bracelets!
    cmbmattos@aol.com

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  26. i am a subscriber and am sharing on Facebook.

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  27. Looks fantastic, I would love to further my wirework skills!
    Subsriber: deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  28. Thanks for the chance to win this book. Lots of great ideas to play with.
    doinwire at gmail dot com

    Sue : )

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  29. So many ideas just on this page and I can only imagine how inspirational the book is! I am a blog follower.

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  30. I subscribe both to your blog and e-newsletter as well as following you on Facebook and twitter- and always look forward to seeing your new posts, I must admit to preferring to make my own findings as a rule, too but looking at the pictures this book will help me elevate my jewellery to another level-or two even

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  31. Pearl you have done it again! A great giveaway and one that I NEED ;-)
    I really need help with my wire work and this looks like a book that can help and inspire me. I am a follower, subscriber and posted the giveaway on my Pinterest giveaway/contest page.
    Zan
    zanc@att.net

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  32. This book looks amazing, I am so in for the giveaway. Thanks so much for hosting.
    1. I follow through email.
    2. Email is mckinley108@gmail.com

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  33. I frequently wish I were better inspired to make different wire findings rather than just the old faithful hook-and-loop. Some of the link-like forms would look great in my handmade copper chains. I follow thru email.
    Tasmanites@aol.com

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  34. I welcome new ideas and creative ways to use my bit and pieces of jewelery chains and stones. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

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  35. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  36. I am a blog follower and will share the giveaway with my craft groups.

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  37. Very interesting book!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    I'm a blog follower
    alikat2004 on Ravelry.com

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  38. I would love to win this book I love that it tells you how to make your own findings and I wont have to buy them anynore. Thanks for the chance to win. I am a blog follower also
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  39. Thank you Pearl for this opportunity. This book would be a life saver, as I am new in wire wrapping and I truly enjoy making my own findings and creating new shapes.
    aurorejohn@tds.net

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  40. It looks like fun. I love trying new ideas . I can't wait to see if I can make any of them work for me.

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  41. Wow, I love the ideas and the style shown in the projects in this boo! Would love to be a lucky winner! Thank you!

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  42. another great book to add to my collection???

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  43. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this blog. This is just what I was looking for. It looks absolutely lovely, yet a little intimidating to a beginner like myself. I usually use the same kind of bought findings in most of my projects. Perhaps this book could help me get out of the rut.
    Thank you, Pearl Blay, for organizing this giveaway.
    My info: justinmilesnorth@gmail.com

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