I'm always thrilled when a wire book has techniques in it that I haven't used before. Spotlight on Wire fills that description nicely.
The layout is great. The end of the book has the basic techniques and they are indexed with abbreviations used in the instructions in the beginning. So if you're stuck on a basic technique that's new to you, you can find which page it is on easily.
Each chapter starts with a section on tips, techniques and tools for the types of projects in that section.
What makes this book exciting for me is that a lot of the projects use strip wire. Strip wire is a flat wire. Sort of like sheet metal but in a measured thickness and width. I haven't seen it much used in cold techniques so seeing it used in cold jewelry techniques is wonderful. Wire work has such come a very long way! The author texturizers the wire a few ways. Corrugated, milled and hammered textures with instructions for all of them using tools that are a lot less expensive options than have been available in the past. She has some wonderful stamped pieces that are stamped using nail sets and screwdrivers which are less expensive than metal stamps.
The projects themselves are very wearable. They are artistic without being too much for a corporate environment. All of them are worked using cold techniques only. The complexity of the projects and the time it takes to make them builds skill and familiarity with the techniques.
My favorite projects in this book are the Continuum Cuff, which uses textured strip wire, beads and coiling, Christina's Cuff for it's very clever use of a beading loom and it's prettiness and Roundabout Road because it reminds me of some of the textured foil gold jewelry that was made thousands of years ago.
The texturing and jewelry making techniques in this book are ones that my whole family will use frequently.
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