Some of my friends and students have been asking for the latest news on my new book release, and I can understand their anxiety because, after all, I did promise to make it available by October 31!
I just ran into a little snag on the production end, and decided to go with a different printer. It's no big deal, but my decision has delayed the book's release by a few days. My talented friend, Nancy Oh, is redesigning the layout (yet again!) to fit the parameters of the new printer's requirements. Once her work is done, Wire Art Jewelry will be ready to order—we expect by November 10.
I'm really very proud of this latest endeavor: my sixth art-instruction book and the first to be self-published. I learned a tremendous amount in the process of creating a new book full of my favorite designs, with my own photographs and (naturally) self-edited text. I have an ISBN code and a Library of Congress number, making me feel like an official book publisher. Who knows what this could lead to? More books, perhaps...
Wire Art Jewelry turned out to be much larger than I had originally intended. Instead of the 148 pages max I had planned for, it finished at 199! There are literally hundreds of step-out photos accompanied by detailed text describing how to make 16 new projects. In addition, you'll find a helpful guide to my favorite tools and materials and a big "basics" section up front, with 19 chapters on the various techniques you need in order to make the finished jewelry projects.
Is there some content overlap between this new jewelry making book and my previous ones (Bead on a Wire, Contemporary Copper Jewelry)? Well, yes, there is—by absolute necessity. It would be terrific if I could present a how-to book that presumed all potential readers had already read my previous books and mastered all the basic techniques. But, unfortunately, you just can't do that. So yes, there is some repeat info (how to make jump rings, wrapped eye-pin loops, etc.), but there are also some new ideas as well, even in the Basic Techniques section.
I hope you like it! It's coming out very soon now...