I love that Kerry wrote in a conversational tone, you feel like you’ve stopped by her studio for the afternoon where she shares all her best tips and tricks for working with wire.
The book includes great step by step photos and clear instructions on the techniques. The projects vary from using sterling silver wire to Kerry’s signature mix of sterling and brightly colored artistic wire. You’ll learn how to make findings, your own chain, wire beads and how to use wire as a design element.
I love that the author shows ‘tools’ from common objects found in the studio like shaping a bracelet around a glass or links around tube of beads. The idea that working with wire is easy and accessible is a common theme in the book. I also enjoyed seeing the alternative views of the projects in different colors to show the versatility of the design and to spark the readers own variations.
Now let’s talk art beads! Kerry is a glass beadmaker and every project in this book features a juicy collection of lampwork beads. The projects could easily be adapted to showcase art beads of any medium. I gave one of the projects a test run last weekend and worked up Kerry’s Scrolliriffic bracelet using some of my disk beads, aquamarine stones and recycled glass, shown below.
I have wanted to make a chain using those s-links forever but just couldn’t work them up successfully on my own. After reading Kerry’s directions I was whipping them out like a pro.
You can find out more about Kerry on her blog and website, where sells her lampworked beads at http://www.kabconcepts.com/.
Order a copy of Kerry’s book today, I highly recommend it!
Totally Twisted: Innovative Wirework & Art Glass Jewelry
Reviewed by Art Bead Scene founder and editor, Heather Powers.