Today I'm giving away my extra copy of Fine Art Wire Weaving! I worked on this book with the author Sarah Thompson and the publisher Interweave (F+W Media). This jewelry designs in this book are breathtaking!
About the Book
- The author is an experienced teacher who has taught at Fusion Beads, Craftsy, Rings & Things, and other venues. I like craft books written by those with teaching experience because it means that their process has been tested in the classroom with real people. (Even teaching online you get to see the questions that students have.) The teaching process not only leads to solid instructions, but tons of tips and hints that you can only get when your instructions exist outside your own head.
- There are only a few basic wire weaving techniques, but numerous ways to use them. This book will give you a foundation for wire weaving with fine wires and plenty of ideas for you to make variations of the projects or come up with your own.
- The number of required materials are minimal. As you'd expect, you need lots of wire! Beyond that you'll just need a few common findings such as ear wires or a clasp depending upon the project. You might need a bead or two for some projects, but the projects are written such that you don't need the exact, specific bead shown. You probably have the beads you need in your stash at home.
- While you can use a torch for some of the projects, you aren't required to do so. You can choose to paddle the ends of wire using a hammer, for example, instead of using a torch to ball the ends. You can use copper wire, too, if sterling silver is not in your budget. (Sarah's explanation of the different types of wire and what they can and cannot do is excellent.)
- There are more than 200 photos in the book. I'm not sure if everyone appreciates how much work it is for an author to do step photos for a book in a professional setting. At home you can make a project up to a point, take a photo, continue working on the project, and take another photo to show a later step. In the studio, you can't do that because of the limited time. (A paid professional photographer can't just sit there and wait for you to work up to the next step, which make take twenty minutes or an hour.) Instead, the author needs to completely make a project up to a certain step and then start over and make a second sample (and third and fourth ...) that takes the project to a later step.
How to Enter the Giveaway
- Giveaway is open to everyone. This is a random drawing.
- Enter by leaving a comment on this blog post. Comments left on other
sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) will not be included in the drawing. I
need to approve each comment by hand, so don't panic if you don't see
your comment immediately.
- Get one extra entry by posting about this giveaway on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. (Make a second comment that lets me know where you have posted about the giveaway.) A maximum of two entries per person.
- You must include your email address when filling out the comment form. (Emails listed in the "email" portion of the comment form will not be public.) If I don't have a way to contact you, you cannot win! (I'll draw another name if the winner has not included an email address.)
- Enter by Friday, October 16th at midnight Mountain Time.
- Winner's name will be posted here by October 20th (or earlier, if I'm able to reach the winner earlier).
In your comment, I'd love to know if you do any wirework at all currently. Good luck!