Monday, October 2, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway : Mastering Wirework Jewelry

By on Monday, October 02, 2017 65 Comments

Rachel Norris is an acclaimed British wire work jewelry designer I have featured before.  Her flora and fauna inspired pieces reflect the natural beauty of her native Cornwall.  Her talent lies in her imaginative creativity which captures  the forms of flowers and creatures with wire and beads.


I recently received her first book, Mastering Wirework Jewelry for review. It is published by GMC Publications and is available either at Taunton Store or on Amazon.

As the title implies, this is a masterclass in book form. The 15 original pendant and brooch designs featured are intricate and innovative.  All are outstanding -  making it hard to select the ones I liked to feature. At just over 300 pages, it is also one of the thickest jewelry project books I have seen. That is because it is packed with detailed construction details and many tips.



She uses a number of wire work techniques such as wire wrapping, wire weaving and wire coiling. Templates to help form the frames are given at the back of the book.

She also integrates beads and cabochons into her design.  What is noticeable are the clever ways she traps the cabochon focals. The wire work is as lovely at the back as it is in the front.


She also forms wire designs in front of large gemstones where the latter add color and shape to her designs.



If I had to choose, her wire wrapped horse brooch is perhaps the most inspiring as the designer manages to express movement in her design. No mean feat.




This is a remarkable masterclass of a book to take wire work to a whole new level!  If you are looking for a challenge and new ways of working with wire, this book will deliver. Highly recommended.

Giveaway
If you'd like to win this giveaway for a copy of Mastering Wirework 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. The book will be a physical copy if the winner is based in the US. 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. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, October 9, 2017. 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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65 comments:

  1. Her creations are beautiful. The owl is my favourite. I would love to learn these techniques.

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  2. These all look so amazing! Would definitely love to learn to be able to do it like this to such a level of skill and intricacy. I'm a subscriber, blog follower and facebook fan, I can be reached at retro-grrl@hotmail.com

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  3. Looks like an awesome book! I'd love to add it to my library.

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  4. Oh wow!!! I'd love to hone my wireworking skills!!! This would be awesome!!

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  5. I've had this one in my Amazon wish list for awhile. Thanks for showing the pictures of some of the projects inside (their Look Inside feature is never enough). I really think that little lizard is cute.

    sneakyburritoblog at gmail dot com

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  6. What an awesome book and opportunity. Thank you, Pearl!

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  7. Wow! I would love to learn these techniques.

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  8. What incredible work! I don't know if I could get close to her level, but I sure would like to try!

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  9. I would sooooooo love to win this book, it would inspire me to get better at the wire weaving, she is an inspiration to soooo many people and to learn her techniques would be amazing - Jill Norman beadbugs@ihug.co.nz - thanks heaps Pearl

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  10. I love that bee! Please enter me.

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  11. Oh yes! I do need this book! Thanks so much for the opportunity! subscriber, follower and definitely shouted out! ty, ty, ty... love your blog! ttangles@yahoo.com
    Tamera Vance

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  12. Awesome creations!!!!!!
    Subscriber and follower
    marlene strait
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

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  13. Oh Pearl, you've done it again. Another great giveaway. I want in on it please. This one looks great and I so need to get better with my wire work. Thanks and happy Fall. Hope you are well.

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  14. Beauiful designs please enter me in the draw for her book.

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  15. This book looks awesome. I'd love to win it! Thanks for the chance!

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  16. I would love love love to win this. I just (YESTERDAY) began attempting a lizard with wire wrapping/weaving. I only have the tail and back feet done so far. Would love to have this book to learn another approach to the lizard and other creatures.

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  17. This looks like an awesome book. I would love to learn all of the techniques. It would be a great addition to my library. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  18. I must make that lizard! I agree the horse is masterful but lil lizard gets me.
    Thanks for the chance to win Pearl!
    FB follower and blog subscriber
    zanc@me.com

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  19. Just getting started with wirework and would love to learn more about it. Please enter me in the giveaway. I'm also a subscriber.

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  20. This book looks amazing! Would love to win a copy and try my hand at some of those designs!
    carol.claytor@yahoo.com

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  21. her work is amazing, and I would absolutely love to win this book

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  22. This will be an interesting book to work through the projects, I'm a blog subscriber too, karlynr@gmail.com

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  23. Beautiful designs! I would love to learn how to do this.

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  24. Beautiful designs ! Thank you for the giveaway,
    voltzia@gmail.com

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  25. She is amazing. I would love to elevate my weaving to her status. I love that she has detailed explanations and even template to make it easier to follow. I want to make the horse and the angel one in the photos.

    I am a subscriber and follower- forever
    lorimahan71@gmail.com

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  26. This book is certainly something that should be on every wire workers shelf. These are beautiful creative designs worked in several techniques! Nothing boring here.
    Thank you for another fantastic give-away.
    Lorraine Gonda
    lorgonda@yahoo.com

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  27. Wow! I couldn't tell which of these créations I prefer ! This is a great giveaway ! I am not quite sure I would be able to do Something of the kind , but it is a great inspiration !! thank you !

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  28. Awesome work!! I'd totally enjoy her book!
    rhonda@rhondachasedesign.com

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  29. Beautiful work, beautiful book! Count me in and thanks for the opportunity. I enjoy your daily email too. rochelleth@hvc.rr.com

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  30. Fantastic giveaway, Pearl!

    Thanks for the opportunity :)

    victoria_farrell@hotmail.com

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  31. What an extraordinary display of skill. Many thanks for the opportunity to even know about the book - much less a chance at the giveaway. Way beyond me - but my clever sister, Guinevieve, would be in wire heaven.
    ammac1234@gmail.com subscriber and follower

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  32. So many wonderful goodies to make in this fantastic book. Thanks for the chance to win.
    DoinWire at gmail dot com
    Sue

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  33. Rachel Norris has definitely taken the art of wireworking to a new level!

    What got me with your review Pearl was that the book is over 300 pages long and it's for 15 projects? Wow! Each project must have extremely detailed instructions (and templates too? Oh my!)!

    Looking at each piece you've shown I'm just blown away by the intricacy of the details.

    Like the owl. The eyes simply pop with the detail around them along with the feathers at the top. You know me and owls Pearl and this one took my breath away.

    As did the horse! You know me and horses too - and this definitely is a horse in motion. I wanted both of them.

    Looking at the previous comments I can see that there are many people who are into wire work and are drooling over this book.

    Rachel has to be happy with the response she is getting just through your blog!

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  34. I am always so in awe of wireworkers and the beautiful things they make. I think this is just the right thing to inspire me to jump into the deep end and use all the wirework supplies that I have gotten.

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  35. I love love love Rachel Norris!! She is such a great teacher! She is my fav designer of wire woven art. I know the book is called Mastering Wired Jewelry but they are all works of art that you can take with you and show off!!

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  36. The wire work in this post is all so amazing!! via FB

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  37. Cracker of a giveaway, Pearl! via FB

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  38. I have been droolong over this book for a while. I would love to win a copy . I would have a hard time deciding what to make first.

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  39. I would love to own this my favorite is the seahorse thanks for the chance to win.
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  40. I'm a subscriber
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  41. I would love to win this book to build on my basic wire working skills. What a talented artist!

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  42. The book looks very good and she is an amazing artist!

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  43. Rachel Norris is an amazing artist! I've enjoyed her works for years. I would LOVE to have this book!
    I am a subscriber and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
    I shared this giveaway on Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ and am heading to Facebook to share and comment there!
    sis5of11@gmail.com

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  44. thank-you so much everyone for your lovely comments and your wonderful review of my book! Best wishes Rachel Norris

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  45. Stunning creations, such a talented artist. I would so love to learn from this book.
    UK based so me@annette-robinson.com
    All good wishes
    Annette

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  46. As a new wire weaver I am always amazed at the talent that i see. I would love to have a book to follow along as I attempt to re-create and create.

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  47. Heard about your blog on facebook. This sounds like a great book to add to my library. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  48. I would love to have this book!!!
    france_pepin@hotmail.com

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  49. Mastering Wirework Jewelry by Rachel Norris looks like beautiful labor of love, the designs are delightfully whimsical and I would be so lucky to win a copy. Thank you for the chance. jsvans17@aol.com.

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  50. Congratulations to Rachel. love working with wire and this book looks fabulous. I definitely would like to own this.

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  51. Would absolutely love this book!
    Jane Richard
    janerichard4@yahoo.com

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  52. Her work is amazing! Would love to win the book!
    napetajeca@gmail.com

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  53. Absolutely stunning. I can hear it calling to me.

    deborahs@golden.net

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  54. These are beautiful designs. I would love to win this book.

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  55. I would love to learn the beautiful designs in this book!
    jewelry@schneiderct.com

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  56. There are some really beautiful pendants to be made. Thank you for this opportunity.

    daune@workofartstudios.com

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  57. There are so many beautiful pendants to be made with this instruction. Thank you for this opportunity to win.

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  58. Gorgeous! I only dabble in this - nothing as beautiful as these. Thanks for the giveaway. deborah.collyar@gmail.com

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  59. This book looks spectacular! Would love to win. Thank you. rocknutzaz at yahoo dot com

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  60. My daughter is interested in jewelry making. She'd love this! And maybe she'd make me the cat for Christmas! LOL.
    digicats {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

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  61. I would ABSOJUTELY LOVE to win a copy of this book. I believe as far as "critters" go that you are of of the best in the business to learn from and would consider it an honor to win this series. "Diamonddivadesigns1@gmail.com". Shout out to those who have viewed and appreciate your work!!!!

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  62. This book is in my cart on Amazon because I LOVE all the intricate designs. I am sure it is full of new tips and techniques to learn.
    judyklarson@gmail.com

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  63. Now this is a book I could really use. This is the type of jewelry I am currently working on. I am doing some good pieces, but I could really use some clarification on best ways to wrap intricate designs, what to do first, second, how to finish off things. Also, I like working in different types of wire. This book would be put to good use! lisawhistler@gmail.com

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