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    Question Is a wire work course worth doing, or learning from books

    My apologies if this is a silly question, but I've been practicing wrapping wire around some beads from a book for a while now, and have made some things that definitely have room for improvement!

    Is this something that comes with a lot more practice, or is it worth going on a short course

    Apologies for the confusion I've caused with my original question (oops)

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    Last edited by Petal; 30-07-2009 at 07:44 AM. Reason: Unclear question, causing confusion

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    I'd saya course woudl benefit you , but make sure it's what you actually want to learn. Wire Wrapping is so diverse that you might end up doing stuff totally different to what you wanted! Though, there are about a gazillion books on the subject, of which I have many, lol. What kind of things are you trying to do?

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    What I was practicing was wire wrapping a bead that has a hole from front to back - the ones I made looked cr!p.

    The sorts of things I'd like to do once I've learnt the technique properly, are to make necklaces/bracelets/earrings of wire & bead, which I can hammer into lovely shapes etc. (I just want to have a go at bashing something with a hammer - now that sounds like fun ) I'd also love to make my own coils and to wrap beads, that would be luverly


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    In that case I would highly reccommend All Wired Up by Mark Lareau. His instructions are fab and teach you the basics in great detail, with an empasis on total perfection. Shows you lots of bead wraps and clasps and plenty of other things.

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    This isn't a very helpful contribution I'm afraid, I was just wondering if wire wrapping is a particular technique within wire work, or if wire wrapping is the general term for all wire work?

    I started out in wire sculpture, I used to be able to recreate anything into wire, looking back at some of my stuff I feel awful that I've lost that skill completely, I wouldn't know where to start now!

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    Default Wirework courses, are they worth it?

    Sorry guys, that's the title I should have written

    This is where I'd copied the term wire wrappinghttp://www.exemplar-glass.co.uk/index.php?cPath=27 and thought I might give it a go... along with the fusing (jewellery making) which they do....

    ho hum, whatever this wire work stuff is called, I love the jewellery that I've seen on this forum and have to know how to do it, 'cos its luverly



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    Ooooh it sounds fun!! I bet it'll be worth it, fun and informative!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlotte View Post
    This isn't a very helpful contribution I'm afraid, I was just wondering if wire wrapping is a particular technique within wire work, or if wire wrapping is the general term for all wire work?

    I started out in wire sculpture, I used to be able to recreate anything into wire, looking back at some of my stuff I feel awful that I've lost that skill completely, I wouldn't know where to start now!
    I guess you could say that - I take wire work to be anything involving wire and wrapping as a little more specific. I think it is quite an American term and came from the way stones are set with the wire, nasically decoratively wrapping them around the piece.

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    Some of the American stuff is very precise and ornate.
    Not sure it is my cup of tea, but it is very clever.

    There are free videos on the American Wiresculpture.com website HERE

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    Got to say, I wouldn't call what's shown on the site wire wrapping per se, it's wirework. And from the piece shown, not entirely original.

    I'd save yourself about 55 and get a copy of Bead on a Wire by Sharilyn Miller

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bead-Wire-Ma...8973912&sr=8-1

    which is about the best starting point I can think of for the aspiring wire and bead jeweller.

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