Book Review & Giveaway! Handcrafted Wire Findings

Posted by on Jun 28, 2011 in Jewelry Making | Comments

Now, I like to make jewelry, and I think I’m pretty good at stringing beads in a relatively pleasing order.  I’ve gotten lots of compliments on my jewels, and even won a “Best in Category” ribbon for a necklace that I entered in the State Fair a few summers ago.

If I had *this* book, I might have won “Best in Show.”  Seriously. Who knew that it was so easy to create your own professional – quality findings with little or no metal-smithing?

(For some of the projects, you do need a micro-torch, but I don’t know any crafter who’s not willing to add another little trick to the arsenal!)

The authors, Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson, show you through step-by-step photo tutorials how to create everything from headpins to links to earring wires and toggles.

I think that this book would be great for any jeweler, from the home crafter like me who just wants to up the State Fair Ribbon ante a bit to the Etsy or craft fair jewelry seller who really desires a more professional look.

If you’d like to learn more about Handcrafted Wire Findings and its authors, check out this interview with Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson on Beading Daily.  And in case you’re new to jewelry making, or have always wanted to create your own jewelry but didn’t know how to start, check out the new online jewelry making class from Max Goodman, Head of Jewelry Instruction at 3rd Ward.

Jewelry Workshop is an in-depth course covering four fundamental techniques: Pearl Knotting, Wire Wrapping, Chain Making and Photo Etching. Max Goodman provides clear demonstrations of each technique, teaching you to make jewelry that will stand the test of time. In addition to expert advice on choosing materials and avoiding rookie mistakes, Max encourages experimentation and creativity.

As a special treat for our blog readers, we’re giving away a copy of Handcrafted Wire Findings: Techniques and Designs for Custom Jewelry Components.  If you’d like to win a copy, leave a comment below, and we’ll choose a winner at random next week.

The Rules: Only one entry per person, and you must be a Craftsy member to win. So, before you post a comment, make sure to Click Here to Join Craftsy!


  1. cynthia brownsell says:

    wow i love the ear wire in the first pic exceptionally cool thanks for sharing this picture :)

  2. Marie Dailly says:

    What a fantastic idea! I’m always looking for new findings, so now I can make my own? Brilliant! :D

  3. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  4. Patricia Linn says:

    This sounds like a very helpful book. If I don’t win it, I WILL buy it!

  5. Marsha Grafton says:

    I’ve been making jewelry for about 8 years on and off. I have always been fascinated with wire-working. I guess it comes from wanting to make as much of my creations with my own hands. I never cease to be in awe of all the beautiful creations that can be made with different kinds and gauges of wire! Love it!!

  6. Susan Lee says:

    I’ve been drooling over this book ever since I first saw it come out. It hasn’t shown up any place near me and I haven’t had the chance to order it yet, but a chance to win a copy is right up my alley right now! lol

  7. meredith says:

    i think that learning how to make the wrapped wire toggle clasp pictured might be worth the cost of the book…hopefully, it’s not one of the projects that requires the micro-torch (i’m not in a position to add much of anything to my arsenal these days).

  8. Love this! I have one earrings making book that shows how to make a few of your own findings, but this one looks to be exceptional.

  9. some very nice work

  10. Patricia Solano says:

    this is so cool! always willing to learn something new!

  11. E Norris says:

    Wow. Beautiful ideas for beautiful finishes! Great details for unique projects. Love it!

  12. Marla Jones says:

    I would love this book!

  13. Marie Kuberski Powers says:

    Would totally love to win this book…it is on my wish list!

  14. Tom DiBartolo says:

    I’m always on the lookout for good teaching material to learn new tricks and techniques for jewelry making.
    This book would be a well used reference for me at my crafting desk.

  15. Pamela says:

    Amazing how much money one can save just by making your own earring wires. I like the fact that you can make so many unique designs with just a little piece of wire. I love books like this because it helps me expand my horizons in my jewelry making. Thank you!

  16. TERESA KADEL says:

    These are fantastic and would so improve my jewelry designs and make my customers really happy.

  17. Susie Burns says:

    I AM getting this book one way or another, but if I won it then I could get some supplies to do some of the amazing projects in the book!

  18. Hannah oshei says:

    Really cool.

  19. Ms. Charlie Sutton says:

    Great ideas and inspirations!!!!

  20. Kelly Oswalt says:

    I have been drooling over this book since I saw it offered in my book club. Can’t afford it at the moment but would absolutely love to have it. I’m very interested in wire wrapping and designing with wire. I’ve just bought most everything I need to do it, now I just need the book. I really hope I win.

  21. Lucindanne3 says:

    Hi :)

    I really enjoyed your interview on Beading Daily :) You have inspired me to go forth and make my own findings! (said in a very regal voice :)) I am excited to have found your work through Craftsy, and will also be interested in seeing the other books you have already published :). I am really excited about this :) Thanks!

    Lucindanne3 :)

  22. jeanie says:

    I want to learn to make my own findings, never seem to find the closure I want. I have bought tools to work wire…but still never used. Would love to win this interesting book!! Jeanie

  23. Elfyn says:

    WOW! I had never been to this site and what an incredible place! On top of that a chance to WIN this book which is not in any store near me. You have just created an uber fan! Thank you!

  24. Cynthia Mathieu says:

    I would love to get this book! Winning it would be super!

  25. Sheila says:

    It would be awesome to make my own finding to go with my creations! Created from this Awesome book!! Pick me! Pick me!!

  26. Miriam says:

    I love the idea and freedom of making my own findings

  27. Bonnie Kirby Will says:

    what a fabulous tool for jewelry makers…I would love to win this book to hone my wireworking techniques.

  28. Twyla Brown-Armstrong says:

    This looks like good inspiration! Like what is shown and want to see more!

  29. chaoticskye says:

    Awesome book! If I’m not the lucky winner, I’ll have to keep my eye out for a copy of it! I have such a hard time finding good quality, affordable components that I like the look of…it would be SO fabulous to be able to make my own :)

  30. Judy Light says:

    I have been looking to get into more wire working. I haven’t been able to find a class so this book looks great to me. I have been diagnosed with ALS and My creativity is the only thing that keeps me sane!

  31. Julie Tom-Denny says:

    I”m new to jewelry making and this looks like a great book to learn A LOT from…

  32. Diane Green says:

    I would love this book. I fumble through wire work, with not so great results. I need all the help I can get. love this site

  33. Kelley DePoy says:

    This would be an awesome book to own. I am new to the art of jewelry design and handcrafting, so it would be a tremendous help to me. This is the perfect website for me!!!

  34. Stephanie Pierret says:

    I would love this book, I am just starting to try wire work, made my first wrapped cabachon a few weeks ago.
    Thank you for the opportunity.

  35. faye says:

    wow! This would be a great book to have in anyone’s jewellery making arsenal! x Thanks for the opportunity of winning a copy xx

  36. Margaret says:

    I think, I could learn how to make earrings. I am new to making jewlery so any tips would be much apprectiated.

  37. Leah Prewitt says:

    I already make most of my S-hook type clasps, using large jump rings for the round part; and I have fiddled around with make ear wires. I thins I could go alot farther with this book!

  38. Yvette says:

    I have been wanting this book for a while. Wouldn’t it be nice to win it!

  39. Tanya Thomas says:

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this & add something special to the pieces at the beading parties we hold. Inspirational !

  40. Pat Silva says:

    I’ve started playing around with wire and find it so relaxing. This book would certainly improve my skills as well as contribute to my designs. Fingers, toes and eyes crossed that I will win.

  41. Deborah Walton says:

    There are some nice knitting patterns

  42. Mary Ferlauto says:

    Thanks for the chance to enter the contest. I love the toggle in the 3rd picture.

  43. Maureen Reinfried says:

    looks cool!

  44. Lesley says:

    Wow! I’d love to be able to make my own findings like these! Like Cynthia Brownsell I love the twisted ear posts. If I don’t win, I’ll definitely add this book to my Christmas wish list!

  45. An Added Touch says:

    This book sounds exceptional. I have been needing to make my own toggle clasps for my ceramic beaded necklaces and this sounds like just the ticket. Beading Daily had another review of it, so I am sure it is very, very well done and useful. If I won it, I would even share it with my daughter-in-law!

  46. Venicia says:

    I would LOVE to learn how to make my very own findings by hand! Thanks for the Giveaway! I’m all excited!!

  47. Brenda Williams says:

    I am new at making jewelry and having a fun time with it. And, I have been looking everywhere for this book!!!!!!

  48. I would love to make my own findings, especially toggle clasps. This book looks great.

  49. Suzanne Unger says:

    I’m just beginning to learn how to work with wire and am intrigued with the samples and ideas that are previewed in this post. boy would this be a great book to help me as I learn.

  50. Karen nelson says:

    Would love to learn more about wire and adornments!

  51. Sonya Hughes says:

    Neat! Thanks for this opportunity

  52. Debra D Allen says:

    This is great! Fantastic to have. But the craftsy site has so much more on it than jewelry I regularly look at all the categories and have learned so much from all the people here! All of you are terrific and so talented!

  53. Cheryl Larnerd says:

    I have been learning to work with wire and would love to have this book to teach me more designs. The pictures posted are great and makes me want to learn to do it myself even more!

  54. Holly says:

    I’m planning for my future! I’m a 45 year old single mom and I have dreadful back and neck pain issues. My hope is to learn a new talent that might help me to make a little extra money as I get older and become unable to work the physical jobs that I’ve done all of my adult life thus far. I am trying collect all of the knowledge I can in the art of creating jewelery, beading, wire bending, and so on. What a great book this would be to get me started! Thank you for telling us about it!

  55. lesley crosby says:

    Love your site, Crafty….. I lose hours just browsing ! Im an avid knitter but have recently found jewellery making. This book would inspire me. Pls choose me! xxxx

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  57. Michaela says:

    Would love to win the book, it looks great, full of brilliant ideas.

  58. Shannon Baldwin says:

    This looks like the perfect book for help with a newby with jewelry making! Thank you for the chance and the site!

  59. Denice Oncken says:

    I would love taking my beading skills to the next level!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Nancy Francisco says:

    Just getting into wire making and this book would be ideal for a newbie in wire making..Please pick me… many thanks..

  61. Sharon says:

    This looks like a wonderful book to add to my collection! I love learning new techniques and incorporating them to my designs :)

  62. I would love to learn the art of using wire. I have my own business and do the basic stuff with beads. I would like to be able to branch out and add more if I knew how to make handcrafted wire pieces, that would be n asset to my business!

  63. sheila says:

    I am so happy I found you on facebook.

  64. Nichole Peacher says:


  65. Mandy Williams says:

    I would love to get more into wire working and techniques that could take my styling to a whole new level!! This book sounds Fantastic!

  66. Lisa Gelinas says:

    Wow, this is EXACTLY the kind of book I need to help me improve my jewelry to the next step! Would LOVE to win this!!

  67. Candy Plotts says:

    love to learn more about making my own jewelry and findings…..thank you for the chance to win!

  68. Susan says:

    Looks like a great book!

  69. jvassar says:

    I would love to learn to make my own findings…

  70. Aida Carpena says:

    I self taught myself on wire-wrapping and the art of beading but this book would take it to the next level. Awesome!!!

  71. Deborah says:

    I would love to win this book. I am trying new things so that my stuff doesn’t look like everyone else’s. This could be another way to learn how to be an individual in a saturated field of jewelry makers an sellers.

  72. Amy Marquez says:

    I’d love to win a copy of this book, and be able to really create truly unique pieces, with my own touches. I’m in the beginner stages of learning, and really want to expand my knowledge!

  73. Margaret Burgett says:

    This is a great idea for a book. I would be tickled to win this.

  74. Jen Seim says:

    WOW!!! This is the perfect addition to my jewelry making!!! Please pick me!!! : )

  75. Cynthia Abner says:

    I never win contests, but I would love that book. Being able to make my own toggles and findings would be so cool.

  76. jeanne yannotti says:

    I have been making my own metal findings such as coiled spacers and earwires, but without much imagination. I would seriously consider adding this book to my jewelry making library.

  77. Susan McIntosh says:

    I would love to have this book, I have just begun to make some jewelry. Thank You, Susan

  78. Michelle says:

    just started trying to do my own wire work and could use an easy to follow guide like this

  79. betsy says:

    I think this book would be just the thing to get me out of my current creative slump! Love the pictures!! Would like to see more!

  80. asulborski says:

    Love the examples -

  81. Kelly Johnson says:

    Since agoraphobia took over my life, making jewelry and putting it out on consignment is the only way that I can contribute to my family finacially. Learning new tricks of the trade with a book right in my home would be a WONDERFUL treat! Thanks for such a great offer during a time that our economy is in such poor shape!!

  82. I love to make jewelry. Now that I have cancer, I need to be able to have something that relaxes me. Learning new techniques and making something beautiful to give to someone else helps me to be joyful. I’d love to have this book. It looks fabulous.

  83. Jacqueline says:

    Would LOVE this book for my library!

  84. Pattie V. says:

    LOVE this book, would love to win. Thanks for the chance!

  85. Cyndi Nason says:

    It would be SOOOO nice to get a book DEVOTED to just making findings!!!!
    This book would be probably the MOST used in my collection. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!!

  86. Amy Marcus says:

    Finding findings I like is a test of patience! If I could make my own… all the better! I’ll cross my ring bedazzeled fingers and wear my lucky charm bracelette in the mean time!

  87. Heather Faye Botello says:

    I love to use art in small scale, this led to my love of making jewelry. My children love helping pick things and design. They have taken art out of school so this helps a lot to get my littles and their friends into creating. We have so much fun and the kids have made a chart to keep track of our earnings. They have decided to use the money they are saving for a trip home. It is wonderful to see my littles learn to share and UPCYCLE. they are always bringing me little findings to use. “Momma we are helping save the planet”. Too much fun.

  88. marie says:

    oohh i would love this book! i just got into making my own findings and i love it!

  89. Lily says:

    I would definitely benefit from having this book! :)

  90. Daneen Murphy says:

    I would love the opportunity to explore wire-working with my beading. I’m ready to expand my horizons beyond simple beading!

  91. Laura Richards says:

    I’ve beaded along time ago when I was lil’ n then when I became an adult when my kids were small I would bead christmas stockings or just a plain peice of material. Now I have alot of beads n want to bead again to keep my mind from thinking too much n get crafty so that way I can give the things I’ve make to my family, kids, friends.

  92. Nicole says:

    I’ve always wanted to improve my wire techniques. This book seems like it will definitely help me do that!

  93. Jayne says:

    Thanks for the chance to win a fab book!!!!! Good Luck to all

  94. Liz says:

    Would love to have this book :)

  95. I have been drooling over this book!! I would love to win it.

  96. Cindy Barber says:

    I have been experimenting with wire wrapping and would love a book to teach me how. Haven’t seen it in my area.

  97. Marianna Mundhenk says:

    Love making jewelry! This looks like a great book! Would love to learn the techniques of making my own findings.

  98. linda v says:

    Nice book and giveaway! Wonderful ideas! Thanks for the giveaway!

  99. Susan Strohmetz says:

    Would love a copy of this book. I’ve taken classes with Denise and I have her earring book. She makes it so easy to learn.

  100. Cheryl says:

    Such beautiful ideas! Thanks for this opportunity!


  101. Cheryl says:

    Beautiful projects! Thanks for this opportunity

  102. Erin says:

    I don’t have a torch hmmm this may give me a reason to get one…

  103. Rhonda Davis says:

    Just now learning to make my own jewerly! Love to learn different things & to give to those in need.

  104. Diane says:

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to make my own findings to add another level of creativity as well as not having to run out to buy more when I run out!!

  105. Diane Bass says:

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to make my own findings to add another level of creativity as well as not having to run out to buy them when I run out!!!

  106. Pat Miller says:

    I would absolutely love this book. Since I make most of my own beads it would be very cost effective to make more of my own findings.

  107. Paula Driscoll says:

    Thanks-it helps get my creative juices flowing, seeing other peoples work!!!

  108. Karen Gladu says:

    I would love to win this book. It would really be helpful to be able to make more of my own findings. I know a few basics but I want to be do much more. Thanks for the chance. Karen :)

  109. Marianne says:

    I’ve been dabbling some with wire working, but this book looks like it would be a big help in advancing!

  110. Donita Solanky says:

    While I am a hard core Beader, I have always toyed with the idea of making some Wire pieces. I own a Wire-Jewelry making book but this book seems to truly simplify some essential components to making Jewelry, without intimidating! Thank you for sharing some wonderful ideas via the pictures. Looking forward to this book one way or the other!

  111. Vivian Sawicki says:

    Learning new techniques and seeing the creativity of others really keeps me fresh. As a high school teacher, I need the release that jewelry making offers. Thank you for showing a few of the pieces here. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the rest:-)

  112. Christine Cole says:

    I like to learn by reading and seeing. These instructions are excellent! The pictures are clear and understandable and the layout is engaging!

  113. erica brown says:

    i love creating things with my beads, wire, findings, pliers etc but would love to learn more…this book would give me fresh ideas and new techniques. i know this book would be a very welcome addition to my collection and help me create my jewellery for my frends and family aswell as myself.

  114. Bronwyn Batley says:

    This really is an exciting book………. can’t wait to get my hands on it :)

  115. sandra says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book, looks awsome!!!

  116. Beverly Cole (Silverseahorse) says:

    Great lookin book with lots of goodies inside..I already see some useful designs for my next projects

  117. Aryn kalita says:

    I work at a craft store and have never seen this book. Awesome! I hope I win it!

  118. Sandi says:

    LOVE these beautiful ideas! Can’t wait to see more. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the book!

  119. Helene Krongold says:

    Wow — can’t wait to start making my own findings! Looks like a great book.

  120. Margie Jensen says:

    Just what I need; I just started making my own findings and need more ideas!

  121. Becky Hillman says:

    I would love to know how to make findings that look as AWESOME as these…. Wanna WIN this book….!

  122. stephanie says:

    Wow this book would definately help me out!

  123. Yvonne says:

    Joined Craftsy to learn. It has been great.

  124. Kym Hunter says:

    This would be a great help to me! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  125. nancy says:

    I am new to jewelry making and really like the wire work. This is something I truly want to learn.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  127. Suzanne Grabber says:

    Just think, if I win that book, I can make my own closure for the hand knotted pearl necklace I learn to make in Max’s class. I’ve only watched the first installment on “tools and supplies” but I was impressed with that! Thanks for all the fun and education. So glad I found you!

  128. Pam says:

    This book looks really interesting.
    I have only been jewelry making for a little over a year and I absolutely love it!
    It is so enjoyable and fun to come up with my own designs and color schemes.
    I haven’t dabbled much with wire working, but, I am very interested in learning how.
    Jewelry making can become quite an expensive hobby, so learning to make my own findings would be really nice.
    I have been working on making enough items to hopefully have a booth this fall at our local craft fair.
    Enjoy beading and jewelry making everyone!!!!
    If you haven’t tried it, you really should. It’s so much fun and you get to wear everything you make and show it off to your friends and family!
    I love making things that I can actually wear. It’s AWESOME!

  129. Donna says:

    WOW! Since I am fairly new to wire working with jewelry this would be a great help to me.

  130. Cathy Hogan says:

    Pick me!! I am just going to start jewelry making. The book looks great!! Cathy

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  133. Josiane says:

    I’m a beader, and would love to learn how to make my own findings. This looks like the perfect book for that. Just the few pictures showing here are very promising.
    Just love to get my hand on this book.

  134. Shannon Gregory says:

    I’ve made jewelry in the past, but never the findings. Looks great!

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