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Many of us think of wire when we think of crafting our own jewelry (myself included), but really, wire can actually be used quite expressively in dimensional works of art that go beyond adornment.The collection of projects in Wired Up includes not only a bracelet and a pendant but a couple of display pieces, too. Have you ever considered not only the intrinsic qualities of wire, but the correlating symbolic ones as well? Wire is strong, yet at the same time, flexible. It begins straight and smooth, yet it’s shaped by forces that apply pressure to it.A single strand cannot do as much on its own as several working together—each offering a different direction.

All four of the projects collected for you here share some- thing similar in the processes that are used to create them. Whether it’s weaving, coiling or randomly winding, each offers an almost meditative action to working with wire. But, of course, there’s more for you to learn here than simply working with wire.You’ll see that copper wire is easily blackened with liver of sulfur.You’ll see how fun it is to weave assorted paper and fiber bits into a “nest” of wire. You’ll create a vessel that resembles actual bone, but is really simple PVC pipe and you’ll turn a humble wood hanger into a piece that displays photos. I really love each of these projects and I hope you enjoy the process as much as the finished pieces.

~Tonia Davenport Acquisitions Editor, North Light Craft

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