Friday, June 17, 2011

Jewelry: Concepts and Techniques Book

   I just purchased this book,  "Jewelry:Concepts and Techniques", and it arrived two days ago. It is absolutely wonderful and inspiring and full of information about wire that I have never seen in any other book. It's very expensive but you can search around and get a used copy like I did.

  You can search through the book if you want to have a look and see if it is for you. Go here:

Roughly pages 160-225 are all about wire, and the chapter after that is about chain mail. There are lots of examples of wire techniques being shown by Mary Lee Hu.

The entire book is stuffed with gorgeous jewelry and valuable information, and did I say inspiring?  Yes, Very!!!


  This is the first time I have tried twining with double wire.

 I hope to do an earring design using this weave over the weekend. I love the double weave and I hope I can get through an entire weave without twisting my wires on the earring pair. Crossing my fingers.

  Errr... probably I will go buy new glasses first, I'm struggling again with my eyes going blurry from the's maddening!!!!


  1. Mary, This is gorgeous! I have never seen twining done with double wire. Great look and good luck with the earrings. Excited you found the book so inspiring!

  2. Give it a try Christine, it makes a very nice weave!!

  3. Mary....Lovely pendant....great design...reminds of of the sea! kinda like a clam shell grip on the lovely lab!

  4. This is gorgeous, did you learn from that book ? if yes very worth it mary..

  5. oooohhhhh...!!!! so beutifull...!!!

  6. What a nice weave, love it. That book sounds very promising, thx for sharing.

  7. Love the pendant!

    Thank you soooo much for posting this! I checked this out of my library years and years ago and scanned a bunch of images but lost the citation. Now I know where the images came from! You are right, it is a very good, inspiring book.

  8. Great site & beautiful piece above. Oppi's book is an amazing resource for me as well. Thanks for sharing your links & resources. I always appreciate finding new sources of inspiration and techniques.

    All the best,


  9. Thanks for leaving a comment Mary. I took great pleasure in your metal weaves and am glad to know about your site!