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Book, "Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry: Step-by-Step Techniques, 20 Versatile Designs" by Kaska Firor. Sold individually.

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Jewelry makers of all types love creating with wire, and Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry opens up an entirely new world for this flexible medium. From angular, geometric forms to organic, curvy, elongated lines--and from simple flat weaves to elaborate multi-layered creations--there's no end to the potential for this technique!

Although the designs in Weaving Freeform Wire Jewelry may look very intricate and visually complex, even those new to wireworking can easily follow Kaska Firor's clear, careful instructions for 20 compelling projects.

Motivated jewelry makers will learn five different weaves as a jumping-off point for their own experimentation. Each section focuses on a particular technique, moving from beginner-level projects to more challenging designs. Inventive ways to include stones and beads, plus combine weaves, add even more interest to these dramatic, freeform pieces.

Softcover, full color, 111 pages
20 projects
Book size: 10-3/4 x 8-1/4 inches
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Books are shrink-wrapped and are returnable if unopened.

Made in the USA

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About the author: Kaska graduated from University of Cincinnati with a BA in Interior Design in 1988. Over the years, her love of handicrafts led her to pursue other creative avenues as well, including clay sculpture, stained glass, sawing and eventually wire arts. She has been designing and crafting wire jewelry since the summer of 2000, when she took her first instruction in that medium. She spent several years working with traditional wire-wrapping techniques honing her skills and experimenting with various types of wires and tools.

In the last few years, her focus has shifted to more innovating wire techniques, including those borrowed from basket weaving and textile arts. The intricate and visually complex patterns of the weaves were what originally attracted Kaska to wire weaving. Her fascination with the art continues to grow as she discovers more complex and challenging ways of combining and modifying different techniques and more inventive ways of incorporating stones, beads, and other elements into her woven designs.

Kaska displays and sells her jewelry at art shows in the Midwest, where she has won numerous awards. Her work has been published in several trade magazines; most recently, her woven bracelet design was featured on the cover of March 2012 issue of Art Jewelry magazine. She teaches jewelry classes locally at her studio in Cincinnati, Ohio as well as nationally. She believes that strong foundations are the key to successful design. In her classes she emphasizes proper technique and attention to detail and challenges her students with projects designed to increase their skill level.

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