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Book Review and Giveaway : Inventive Wire Weaving

Wire work never ceases to be popular.  People love to manipulate the wire into wonderful designs. Often used as a cold connection technique, the wire allows users to connect wire with all kinds of components and to build up intricate designs.  If you are as passionate about wire as is this author, then you will love her new book.



Susan Barzacchini is an instructor and designer based in Illinois. Kalmbach Publishing just sent me her latest book for review called Inventive Wire Weaving.  The most spectacular of the 20 designs in the book have got to be  the pendants.  But the author also shares earrings, rings and bracelets.

Shown here are my favorites.


The projects do range in complexity although the book does not display them in a progressive order.  What stood out about this book is the range of techniques used.  Not just wire work but stamping, metal forming and using a torch for beading wire ends, annealing and soldering.


The designs were done mostly with silver, with some in copper, so the gemstones and other components were often the source of color.


Also noteworthy were the tools and basic techniques sections. This is where one learns about unfamiliar tools and techniques.  Did you know there is such a thing as a pearl vise?  This is to help hold pearls while enlarging their often inadequate holes (not for other materials).  This designer also uses a metal necklace mandrel which makes shaping her necklace cuff design (seen in the video look of her book) easier.


This not just an instructional book but also a wonderfully inspirational one.  Highly recommended for those who wish to take their wire work to a different and higher plan!








Giveaway
If you'd like to win this giveaway for a copy of Inventive Wire Weaving, 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 for US and Canada only. 

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, June 11, 2018. 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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40 comments:

  1. I would benefit so much from the basic techniques section. Having a wonderful designer break down the basics would give us a head start and help me with my confidence level, which is surely lacking when it comes to wire work.

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  2. My gosh. What a wonderful and inspirational book. A very talented artist.

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  3. Wow, these all look great. Thanks for the headsup, Pearl!

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  4. I have to confess - this is when I wish that I lived in the US or Canada - sigh! It looks like fabulous book. Bah humbug!

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  5. I would love this book. Thank you for the giveaway chance.

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  6. I would love to learn more about wire work. Awesome give away. Thanks ☺️

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  7. This book looks amazing and invaluable. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    Angie Bailey
    mrspbk@gmail.com
    970-335-9778

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  8. I have just started playing with wirework and basically know nothing about the ways professionals do it. I would benefit from everything in the book but especially the basics section. The work you showed from the book is absolutely fabulous!
    I follow you on Facebook, google, pinterest, Instagram, email and bloglovin. :-)

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  9. Sure would enjoy a copy of this one. Just got back into wire weaving and the patterns look so beautiful! celticartwitch@gmail.com

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  10. These designs are beautiful! I love how she combines thicker flat wire into the designs. I would definitely try some of these.

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  11. What an exciting giveaway! I love the look of wire weaving. The textures are so eye popping and the wire lends itself so well to the addition of colored stones, glass or other materials. Would love to win this! Thanks Pearl- I folllow you everywhere!

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  12. I love your wire weaving style and would love to incorporate it into may fused glass designs. Fran w

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  13. What beautiful designs! I have done some basic wirework but would love to try some more intricate projects. Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful book!

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  14. I greatly admire artists who can take a piece of material and create beauty from it. These designs are breathtaking! The amount of work that goes into each is almost mind-boggling but also inspirational!

    I can't decide which piece of like the best. That alone says tons if you can't choose between one fantastic design over another.

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  15. Oh my goodness, I so want to read this book! I’m focusing on improving my wire weaving right now and it sounds like this is just what I need....

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  16. This is something I am so eager to learn, I want to add this in with my jewelry creations to make something truly special! I definitely need this book and it's going on my wishlist now!

    lwest.86@hotmail.com

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  17. Omg, these projects look stunning!

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  18. I've been waiting for this book to be released! I'm a blog follower, karlynr@gmail.com

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  19. This looks like a lovely book on a subject where I really need to improve my skills. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  20. What an amazing book and fantastic designs. Looks like much can be learned from this one. Thank you for this wonderful give away and making us subscribers aware of yet another great book.
    Lorraine Gonda
    lorgonda@yahoo.com

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  21. Stunning! If I don’t win it, I will purchase this book.

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  22. I did a shoutout on my Twitter account @designbyrowan about your giveaway; and I am a subscriber alex@designbyrowan.com

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  23. Oh my goodness, this is a must have book for wire weavers like me. Got to have it. Thanks Pearl for sharing this opportunity.

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  24. I have dabbled in wire weaving, but nothing this fantastic. I love the bracelets and would love to be able to make some.

    Fan and follower
    lorimahan71@gmail.com

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  25. I would love to win this book - I've tried wire weaving but not this in depth. I think the techniques would be great to learn.
    jenpowell1976@mail.com

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  26. I would love to win this! The Designs are beautiful! amandam@pobox.com

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  27. Oh my goodness! I have only done a little wire weaving and taken a couple of classes. Love all the designs that you show from the book and would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.
    a.p.brad@rogers.com

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  28. I just love her variety and combinations of the various techniques. Would be really happy to give this book a good home.
    ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  29. What a beautiful and inspiring book. I’m taking a class at the Adornment retreat in Galena, Illinois with Brenda schweder. Looking forward to playing with wire.

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  30. My second attempt to comment so here goes lol: I have been excited about this book since she announced it! I even put a reminder in my calendar for the launch date today! I would love to win it but either way I will add this book to my vast library!

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  31. Another Wonderful giveaway chance Pearl, thank you for sharing this so interesting book. I have been doing basic wire wrapping for awhile but your review and the photos have me jumping to try some new ideas out. Would LOVE to win Inventive Wire Weaving and want to get this book. Always want to learn about new to me tools and techniques.

    Following you on Facebook, google+, pinterest, Instagram, email, Twitter and bloglovin. :-)

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  32. This book looks amazing. The depth of creativity is so inspiring. I am just getting started with wire weaving and I would love to have this book!

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  33. I have this book in my amazon cart as I thought it might be a "Must Have"! After seeing your post, I know I will be ordering it!
    judyklarson@gmail.com

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  34. What great timing for me to discover this beautiful book. I have just recently started wire work, with cabochon pendants and wire weaving. This book looks like it would provide many hours of dreamy inspiration and instruction. specifically.sarah@gmail.com

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  35. What a beautiful book and very beautiful designs I would love to have this, If I am not the winner I will surely be looking for this one and thank you for the review it is very helpful.
    sanditoone@gmail.com

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  36. I saw this book several months ago and am waiting for it to become available in July. If I don't win it first that is!

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  37. Love anything wire! Thanks for the opportunity to add to my library....

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  38. I love the looks of this book ! Would love to win a copy. I have a friend that has done some weaving and would like a copy also. I will share.

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  39. I am fairly new at wire working and find I love it. This book has some beautiful designs in it that I would love to make

    corkerykathy60@gmail.com

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  40. Wow! I'm entering the contest, but this is a book I will buy if I don't win. What lovely, intricate designs. I hope the techniques aren't too difficult to master.

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