Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway : Freeform Wire Art Jewelry

By on Thursday, April 16, 2015 73 Comments

There are all sorts of way to work with wire.  You could do the ever popular wire wrapping technique or indulge in intricate wire weaving.  But if you like design spontaneity, consider free form wire jewelry making.

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A new Fons & Porter/F+W book, which I just received for review, encourages you to go with the flow with wire. It is Freeform Wire Art Jewelry by Gayle Bird, a Nova Scotian designer.  The book contains clearl step-by-step photographs for 20 projects for earrings, rings, pendants and necklaces. There are no bracelet projects in this book.
The essence of this designer's approach are the curls and double curls in the pieces.  These form the basis of her free form work.  She includes the directions of how to use just fingers to create these curls. This will take practice to accomplish but once mastered can be used for unique organic designs of your own and not copies of what Gayle does.

Curl Burst Earrings
This instructor really made an effort to help more hesitant jewelry makers by sharing tips on the design process.  In the beginning of her book, she covers Color Theory which assists on color selection and particularly combinations. Most of us instinctly come up with designs but her Design Principles section was excellent because it shows you the elements - like contrast, symmetry, continuance, proximity, similarity and so which make designs much stronger. Her 5 Steps to Creating a Jewelry Design is also helpful for newbies who might be staring at empty bead boards and not know how to start!

Rosette Ring
 A few of the designs are very basic. The Rosette ring though is a nice variation of the ever popular wire wrapped ring design with wire curls around the crystal.  A sort of faux bezel.  I also liked her Tumbling Twists necklace which featured sea glass nuggets all in a row.

Some of the final project photographs did not portray the designs well because of the shallow depth of field used. Using this technique is fine especially if backgrounds are busy. But the focusing was such that parts of the design itself were out of focus.  For example, the bail area of the Double Strand pendant was blurry.  This particular design really accentuated the drilled focal very well!

Double Strand Pendant

Tumbling Twists Bib Necklace

Statement Necklace

Window Frame Earrings
This book will suit those who like a more organic look to wire work and aren't afraid to go with the flow for spontaneous designing!

Giveaway

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

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is international.
If the winner has a non-post box US address, the prize will be a physical book.  Otherwise it will be an eBook.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Thursday, April 23, 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 make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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73 comments:

  1. I tweeted about your post and giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/588687478900436992

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  2. I am fascinated by wire work AND would love to add this to my collection. thank You.

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  3. WOW! Such gorgeous jewelry! Would love to win this book!
    datmine2009@hotmail.com

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  4. I love the Rosette rings, beautiful !

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  5. Would love to win a copy of the Free Form Wire Jewelry book. Looks like fun, and more informal than how I learned. Alpert.amy@gmail.com

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  6. These designs are certainly original and give a refreshing new approach to wire forming. Would love to learn the technique of curling with fingers.

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  7. Looks like a lovely and informative book on wire jewelry! Would love to use this to make something new.

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  8. So beautiful, iching to make one of them.

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  9. This book looks awesome. Sign me up!

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  10. What a fantastic book! Most of my wire work is free form as I am not patient enough to make both sides match! I would love a chance to win this book!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  11. I am a loyal follower on Facebook!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

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  12. I am a subscriber of your blog!

    Angi Mullis

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  13. This would be perfect to enhance my wire wrapping skills. Love the sea glass Tumbling Twists Bib!

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  14. I absolutely love wire work. This would be a nice technique to add to my repertoire.

    ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  15. I would really like to win this book! I am a follower, subscriber and posted the give away on my Pinterest Contest board.
    Thanks Pearl!
    zanc@att.net

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  16. This looks like an awesome book! I love the wrapping but I'm very nervous and hesitant. This looks like just the tool I need to get going.
    I especially like the chaining of curls. I have so many ideas in my head, but I need some guidance how to implement!

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  17. Always something new to learn and thank you Pearl for bringing it to us. I am a blog follower: zoowatcher10@yahoo.com

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  18. I love making organic curls and loops in wire, it adds so much texture and detailing to the pieces

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  19. This is some fabulous jewellery. Would absolutely love to win this book.
    shw_samuel@sky.com

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  20. These are beautiful. Would love to win this book.

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  21. I would Love to have this book. I have done wire work before but nothing like this. I love all the swirls and curls. Absolutely Beautiful. Thank You for giving me the chance to win this book.

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  22. I really like what she did with the beach stones.....

    I've got a ton of them that I picked up in New Zealand. What a great idea for putting them to use!

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  23. Pat Buchanan Pbuchannan@aol.comApril 16, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    This looks like the kind of wire work I would do. I really love the free form concept.

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  24. What a great book! This would be fantastic. Grinchswoman@hotmail.com

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  25. This is what Ive been trying to do! It would be FABULOUS to win!!

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  26. I really like the rings. Would like to do that with some of the stones I have collected over the years. Contact if I win is tinareabob@gmail.com

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  27. Love the idea of freeform wirework. Thanks for the chance to win.
    doinwire at gmail dot com
    sue : )

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  28. Love this style of wire work-very inspiring! Oh contact is retro-grrl@hotmail.com-fingers n toes crossed!!

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  29. I like the looks of this. I am a subscriber to your blog. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

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  30. Patience Pontious, p_maclaird@yahoo.comApril 16, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    I sure hope the ending date isn't March because I would love a copy of this book-especially for free. Love wire work and this looks like fun.

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    1. That was my bad. I have since updated the post with the correct closing date - Thursday April 23rd. Well spotted!

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  31. Love free form, would love this book, thanks! ~~~Violet Kiss vkiss@nethere.com

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  32. Hi Pearl,

    Thanks for the chance to win. This book looks very interesting.

    Cheers

    Vicky - victoria_farrell at hotmail dot com

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  33. Free form is awesome. I would like the book so I can learn to do it too! chrisack54@gmail.com

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  34. I've just recently started following your blog Pearl. What a useful resource it is! I have some sea glass I collected on holiday last year that would look great in the "Tumbling Twists Bib Necklace". Thanks for the chance to win this free book.
    mary.seagrave@sympatico.ca

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  35. This book looks extremely interesting, love the idea of free form and the openness of the designs shown. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the e-book. Stephanie

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  36. I love freeform jewellry!! Very excited for this draw :)

    tanyabroeckx@gmail.com

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  37. Looks like a great book. I enjoy all of the things you highlight. beadcontagion@gmail.com

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  38. Hi pearl, I would love to win this book as I do quite a bit of free form wire art & love it to bits -- so I look forward to winning the book and sharing the designs with my friends & family - thanks heaps for offering these to international people as we sometimes miss out -- Jill - www.beadbugs.co.nz - (my contact details are on the contact page) - hear from you soon - we love you Pearl

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  39. Inoreader (RSS Feed) Follower.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. As I am just starting to play with wire but my intentions are serious, I'd love to win a copy :)

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  41. I really like the look of the bead and wire necklaces and am interested in learning how to do it. kaysuet@hotmail.com

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  42. I am a blog subscriber. kaysuet@hotmail.com

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  43. I have really been enjoying your News Letter which I have only just found and I love creating with wire and this book looks really exciting, as these books are hard to find. Gloria Boyd - gdboyd@xtra.co.nz

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  44. I would like a chance to win this book. I hope this is how you want us to enter. Thanks!

    via email

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  45. I would love to win this great book! I am a blog subscriber too.

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  46. Looks like a great new book on wire work.. would love to own this and try the techniques
    Carol... carolhettenbach@msn.com

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  47. Looks like fun to me! Would love to play with this technique.
    artist@kerensamere.com

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  48. I think this would be a great book for crafting parties; it doesn't seem to have very time consuming suggestions and a DYI bride could have her bridesmaids make their own jewelry.

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  49. Seems like a wonderful book.. Would love to win it!

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  50. AS if I didn't have enough hobbies, this would be fun to try. Actually it would provide some great additions to kumihimo.

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  51. I would love to win this book, it looks like it has a lot of great information and ideas.
    I am also a loyal blog follower marlade@msn.com

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  52. I've been wanting to learn how to use wire, but was afraid it would be too hard. This looks like a great way to begin!

    Suelacroix@gmail.com

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  53. Fantastic wire work! I LOVE the organic feel!
    Hoping I WIN!!!

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  54. What beautiful wire work! I love the artistic flow and lightness of Gayle's pieces. "Freeform Wire Art Jewelry" is definitely a book I want to read. It would be wonderful to find my hands learning to enter into the playful elegance of this style.

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  55. what an intriguing book . I love to work with wire and this would be a wonderful addition to my library.

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  56. Wow what a nice change from the structured look I usually use. Casual and swirly, definitely my kind feminine :) Thanks for the contest and I'll be sure to look for the book at the library or the book store if I don't win. I'm a big follower! suebkaus@telus.net

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  57. I love to add spirals and curly parts to my designs so this book would be an asset to my jewellery book collection I am following you both on facebook and twitter as well as being a subscriber to both your e-mails and your blog because I love finding out about each discovery or piece of work that you find for us

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  58. I love working with wire, but could use help in both technique and ideas!

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  59. Free form is really my style. Hope to win. I am blog follower.
    http://abcoraldesign.etsy.com

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  60. Wow! Would love some extra inspiration!

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  61. Faye Gates: That jewelry is so pretty and delicate looking. I'd love to win.

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  62. this book is awesome. I am new at wire working. this could help me! win it? I would buy it.

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  63. This is fascinating. Would love to try. dbuttatb27@gmail.com

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  64. would love to win this!
    marlene
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

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  65. I would love to win one of these! kfrissell@mac.com

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