This is the fifth book in the series I started in 1997. Others include: Beginning Wirecraft (1998); Advanced Wirecraft, Volume 1 (1997); Advanced Wirecraft, Volume 2 (1998); and Advanced Wirecraft, Volume 3 (1999).

Although I have been interested in rocks, minerals and fossils since I was a child, I did not become involved with wirecrafts until I took courses from Martha Spies, Mimi Murray and Betty Baxter at Wildacres in 1995. These excellent teachers provided me with a solid foundation. In addition, I have taught at Wildacres and at William Holland in recent years, as well as at workshops for local clubs. I have continued to learn there from my students and others.

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I appreciate the many people who have shared designs with me, as well as those who have asked for specific procedures to be included in this book. Dorris Sias shared information with me on how to make the Cabochon Pendant with Prongs and Open Frame. It is similar to one with a flat frame taught by Betty Baxter in her classes which is based on a Randall Cornelius design. Also, both Betty Baxter and Otto Glass make earrings like the Hoop Earrings. The Pronged Pendant for Small Faceted Stone is based on directions used in classes taught by Otto Glass.
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Nancy McLeod graciously agreed to allow me to include her diamond-shaped Swarovski® Channel bracelet design in this book. Ann Metz shared an example of one of these bracelets with me to use as a pattern in developing this procedure. The Easy Bead Ring is one I learned from Debbie Penrod, while the shank of the Cabochon Ring is based on one taught by Martha Spies in her classes. Doris Mott shared the necklace design with me.

Other designs are mine. In some cases I got ideas for these designs from other disciplines. I developed the hammered bracelet after I saw a 2-wire bangle that Bill Cady teaches in his silversmithing classes. And, using a figure 8 made from wire for the bolo back is a technique I learned from Paul Casteel in his silversmithing class. However, all of the procedures in this book were written by me, and the techniques described are ones I use in making jewelry.

Many students in my classes this last year tested draft versions of these procedures. I appreciate their many helpful comments and suggestions.

To purchase these books the prices are as follows:

Volume's Basic through Six - $14.00 per book
Volume's Seven through Fifteen - $15.00 per book
Exclusively Prongs - $25.00
Shipping & Handling - $5.00 for up to three books(Exclusively Prongs considered as 2 books)
$10.00 for all 16 books

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