Wire work is one of the most popular techniques for jewelry makers out there. The wire wrapped designs will never go out of style!  Flowing elements and scrolls with gemstones for pops of color, the pieces can go from one dimension to 3D. One of the most popular wire work instructors out there is Sarah Thompson.

I have featured her first book, Fine Wire Weaving, before - see my review. Sarah now has a second book out , Woven in Wire.  I recently received a copy from Interweave for review.

In just over a dozen projects, this designer carries on where she left off from her first book.  Here, she not only wire weaves but shows how designs can get much more dimensional by "sculpting" or forming woven sections. A wonderful example is her Tidal Wave ring design :

You can also see more forming in the Lilium bracelet shown below.  The design does remind one of basket weaving or loom weaving.  That is not a surprise as the soumak weave used in wire weaving is adapted from the weaving one.

The earlier chapters in her book are invaluable. It is not just about wire weaving but her tips.  Wire work can cramp the hand if one continues to grip a thin wire constantly. So her method of holding the wire somewhat like yarn workers do is a good idea.

 Also included in the book are good instructions on how to make the scrolls and finish them in a professional manner.  She does use a torch to anneal (soften wire) and to ball ends.

This designer works with fine silver because it is very soft.  She goes on to patina the silver for further definition.  Students are best off working with copper first.  Copper is also a very soft metal.

The second half of her book contains inspiring designs which are symmetrical.  Sarah shares her own unique tips on how to achieve symmetry.  She often shows alternatives to her main designs - ways to customize them!

This book is highly recommended for all wire working enthusiasts!


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