The day has arrived... I finished my book. Design and Create Your Own Wire Wrapped Cabochon Pendants
Nothing else has existed for me in the last month or so. I have wracked my brain and pushed everything to the limit to create this. I listened to you all. I wove in your ideas and I think I have answered all your questions.
Without rambling on, which I find myself wanting to do, here is the ad for the book. :)
(sample images can be found by clicking the above link.)
Below is taken from the description:
Your purchase is for more than just a tutorial; this is a true eBook, an all encompassing guide to wire wrapping cabochons. I've been asked so many questions about how I work over the years, and, there seems to be so much interest in a complete break down of how to wire wrap cabochons, that I sat down to write this detailed book to answer all of your questions.
This book is intended for people with some experience in wire wrapping. Very detailed instructions on basic skills is not given. However, it is a very good book to begin with. This is about much more than simply technique. It is intended to help you transcend craftwork into artwork. Technical skill is only a small part of the whole process. It will be good to learn what this book has to offer as you begin your adventure into wire wrapping.If you have purchased any of my tutorials in the past, know that this is different. It is NOT merely a project driven tutorial. This is a book which gives you a whole new approach to wrapping cabochons. It will give you the tools to design and create YOUR OWN cabochon jewelry. Don't rely on using the designs of others. Reach into yourself and design to reflect your own style.
This is written as if you and I were sitting at a table together. It has a conversational tone and logical flow.
I give you dozens of tips and examples which will both inspire and instruct you. This book will empower and encourage you to create ART versus Craft.
I examine how I evaluate a stone.
I walk you through how I approach a cabochon project.
I take you through a simple wrap from start to finish in order to demonstrate tips along the way.
Another project is done in "real time", while I document each step whilst attemping the completion of a complicated design.
One project is designed to show you how to complete a neat back on your piece.
The emphasis, throughout, is that YOU, too, can design and create your own jewelry.
From the introduction in the book:
Making jewelry with wire is a passion of mine. I have developed my own style over a very long period of trial and error. I never knew any other wire wrappers and there were precious few resources that I could find online back when I started, in 1999. There are so many available now that a good question might be, “Why do I need another tutorial or book?” Well, because this one is different. I'm not going to spend a third of this rehashing old information about tools, findings and wire. I am going to talk about what makes what you do, Art. How do you transcend Craft and create Art? Good technique is one way to craft well, but what gives a piece that extra spark? I examine that and more.Chapter list:
You'll see how to work with the stone not against it; how to incorporate the energy of the stone- that thing that makes it speak to you, be it the shape, color, pattern, a combination, or, something else. How does one listen to the stone? Once you have learned how to work with the stone, you will learn not just technique, but when to use the technique to best bring out the stone's beauty. You will learn the Gestalt Theory of Wire wrapping. The theory that a well made piece transcends the parts it is made of. The stone will be emphasized, the technique will be done in a way so as not to distract from the stone, but contribute to the overall beauty and quality of the piece.
2 Gestalt Theory of Wire Wrapping
3 Right Brain
7 Designing For The Stone
8 A Basic Project
10 Let's Begin Wrapping
12 The Border Frame
16 Working Out A Complicated Design
There are 102 pages and over 200 great quality, relevant pictures to fully document my approach to wire wrapping cabochons.
The download is 6.55mb pdf.
Along with the purchase of this eBook comes a second, BONUS, ebooklet, adapted from the series on my blog; What I Look for in a Stone. It has 22 pages and 37 images. It is 1.1mb. This text goes along well with the eBook and supports the chapter on cabochons. Rather than reading it online, I am providing you with this convenient pdf.