It was my pleasure to receive and review this brand new book by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong, "WIREWORK An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Wire Wrapping". Dale has a unique way of inspiring her readers and to challenge them new levels (yes, I am included in this group!) I would consider this book to be for the intermediate to advanced wire artist and it is packed with tips and step by step instructions for wonderful projects that you can build on and make your own. By using Dale’s examples as a start point, you will soon be on your way to creating wonderful wearable works of art to collect or to sell.
Topics included in this book revolve around choosing the proper tools for the right result. Not all tools have to be bought. Using “found” items for shaping is completely acceptable. In staying with the traditional methods of wire wrapping that go back to the age of the pharaohs, no solder or glue is used. The wire does all the work and mixing tempers and shapes make anything possible! Dale takes you through 18 different projects all detailed with materials required and wonderful photos that take you through each step.
Dale’s belief that you can be creative and think outside the box to create your unique style is supported by the level of detail in each project. She makes suggestions along the way and gives you the gentle guidance to make you feel like “Yes, I CAN do this!” I feel the support in her words and have worked up enough courage to give a try to projects just six months ago I would have been “afraid” to attempt.
The Table of Contents includes:
Tools and Their Techniques
Pendants and Necklaces
I highly recommend this book to those artists that have a good baseline understanding of wire wrapping techniques and want to progress to the next level. The photos of the wonderful jewelry will inspire you to see what you can create. Just think, soon you’ll be saying “Wow that wonderful design was hiding inside of me!” Thanks Dale!
A bit about the author:
Dale “Cougar” Armstrong is a self-described “rockhound” with a background in metal work prior to making wire jewelry. She teaches workshops nationally, where she is known for her tips and tricks called “Cougarisms”. Dale lives in Tennessee and she has participated in many juried shows.
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