Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop: Techniques and Projects for Weaving with Wire

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Publisher
Interweave
Year Published
2012
Author
Karen Karon
ISBN
978-1-59668-645-8

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Discover the ultimate technique-based guide for one of the top trends in jewelry making--chain maille. In Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop, you'll find more than two dozen techniques for making today's most popular chain maille weaves--from simple chains to beaded wonders to intricate Dragonscale.

Jewelry artist and author Karen Karon pairs in-depth, step-by-step instructions with color illustrations that show exactly where to place the next jump ring. You'll also get a thorough but flexible approach to techniques that prove weaving can be done in a multitude of ways and demonstrations on "speed weaving," which is ideal for large projects. Designs progressively increase in complexity, so every jewelry maker--beginner or pro--will find inspiration and projects that suite their skill level.

What's more to love? Every chapter provides a unique jewelry project and a plethora of design advice, visual inspiration, shortcuts, tips, and tricks, as well as guidance for attaching clasps and findings. It's no wonder that Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop is the ideal resource for innovation and originality in chain maille jewelry making.

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Tutorial Quality
5.00 star(s)
Tutorial Variety
4.00 star(s)
Photo Quality
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Would you purchase again?
Yes
Pros
  • -excellent basics if you're just starting out, and as a resource for later tutes which do not include the basics -good explanations of common terminology
Cons
  • None
I used this as my bible when I first started out, and it needs to be rebound now...I frequently go back to it for refreshers when I haven't done a weave in a while.
It is covered in sticky notes. :)
It also has the best explanation of (and formula for) AR that I've seen.
Tutorial Quality
5.00 star(s)
Tutorial Variety
5.00 star(s)
Photo Quality
5.00 star(s)
Would you purchase again?
Yes
Pros
  • A ton of useful info, tutorials that make it clear
Cons
  • She doesn't cover every weave I'd like to learn
I have many chain maille books - this was my first and it's still one of my absolute favorites. I feel lucky to have had this book as my intro to chain maille. She goes through weaves, and then you can use your own creativity to experiment and design. This book was so clear for me that when I started out, I really didn't understand why others have a tough time with Dragonscale, for example. There's so much great info - some of which might not all make sense right away to a beginner, but as you continue you'll get it and refer back to the charts. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Tutorial Quality
4.00 star(s)
Tutorial Variety
5.00 star(s)
Photo Quality
5.00 star(s)
Would you purchase again?
Yes
Pros
  • Helps you build a solid foundation to create your own projects. Many weaves are shown with multiple ways to create. Steps given for speed weaving some weaves.
Cons
  • No projects based upon the Japanese family of weaves. I personally like photo steps instead of illustrations.
Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop by Karen Karon should be a staple of any maillers bookshelf.

This is not your standard chain maille project book. While there are projects in it, the focus is on mailling techniques. Beginners will find all of the information useful and those with some experience already under their belts may find some new tricks.

The book is meant to be read from beginning to end with weaves in order of increasing difficulty. Each chapter gives you instructions on creating base weaves and works up to giving you a project that is built upon the previous contents of the chapter. Tips, "things to try", & multiple ways to create each weave are found throughout the book. All tutorial steps are shown with full color illustrations.

In short, this book lives up to it's promise of being "the ultimate technique based guide" for chain maille.

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