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I have just finished reading one of the most exciting instructional jewelry books
"Steel Wire Jewelry"
Lark Crafts an Imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York.
“Stylish designs, simple techniques, artful inspirations” this is so true for Brenda Schweder’s approach to steel wire jewelry.
The beginning of this book delighted me. To see the drafting of an artist’s first thoughts for a finished piece appeals to me. I wanted to see what more there was to this book.
Turn the page and the forward by Keith Lo Bue is in itself flowing poetry for metal art. “Although I was still years away from any organized instruction in metalworking, I was smitten immediately with this annealed, or heat-softened, steel: the buttery give to a tweak of the hand, combined with just enough resistance to remind you that you weren’t in Copperland any more” For those of us who have art in our soul can relate to Keith’s description of a raw art material. Again I wanted to see more. After reading Brenda’s introduction and the back cover I felt like I could hang out with her. She is so passionate about the expression of her art that it is contagious. So what is this book really about? It is about taking a centuries old material, steel wire, and creating structure, beauty and refinement in home décor and jewelry. Each page tells a story of steel wire. Along with instructions of how to use it, care for it, and create with it. I liked that when a question came to me it was actually answered in the details of this remarkable book. The section on “Jewelry Building Blocks” is described perfectly with amazing clear photos to back it all up. When you practice the techniques described you will then be able to incorporate them to your designs; steel wire will come alive. Brenda claims that the 128 pages and 30 plus project illustrated in her book are for beginners, however, I find that even the intermediate and advanced steel metal artist will be inspired. The more I read through this book the more I want to put my seed beads aside and head to the garage for some steel wire.
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