The Missing Link – How to make wire jewelry! {a pre-order}

by Cindy on July 26, 2013


The Missing Link by Cindy Wimmer

signed, pre-order copies available here


I am so excited to officially begin promoting my new wire book by Interweave, The Missing Link:  From Basic to Beautiful Wirework Jewelry!  You may have seen this cover now on Amazon or the Interweave site, but I’m here to share a few additional pictures and behind-the-scenes.

The title?  The tagline was chosen by the publisher, but “The Missing Link” was a suggestion made by my husband.  You see, wire links have rarely been the focus of jewelry design.  They are versatile, they add function, and most importantly, they can add amazing beauty to your jewelry!  Wire links are relevant to any style jewelry, and in any medium.

Seems like so long ago now, but it was in the summer of 2011 that I pitched my book concept to Interweave.  It seems there was a void in the publications available, and I had a feeling others would be as interested as I was in learning how to make wire links – from start to finish.  I have to thank Linda Sinish for her support and bringing this to my attention – being the serious wire advocate that she is!

Wire links for "The Missing Link" by Cindy Wimmer

Wire links catalogued and being sent to the publisher.  I enjoyed making the links in mixed metals.

Step by Step for The Missing Link

I made these step-by-step guides for myself for the process photo shoot in CO.  It helped me keep on track when the pieces for each step were made in advance.  Now that was quite a process for 30 individual links!


Now let’s fast forward – The Missing Link is due out in October and I’m hoping they might start shipping at the end of September (I’d love to do a book signing in person at artBLISS)!  Here’s what you’ll find in The Missing Link:

  • Learn the fundamentals of wire – you’ll learn many tips and techniques for working with all kinds of wire, from brass to sterling silver.
  • Get comfortable with your tools – learn from a comprehensive review of tools (hint:  there are only a few tools that are really essential for wire work….and the rest, well, we love tools, don’t we?).
  • Create 30 custom wire links – learn how to create wire links, marked by skill level, with confidence by following step-by-step photographs and detailed instructions. The stepped-out photos are SO helpful!  I’ll share my secrets for creating different effects with the same link designs.
  • Learn to create stunning jewelry designs from 5 top jewelry-designers – You’ll see the limitless potential in a single link with 15-finished jewelry designs. Learn from highly esteemed contributors –Christine Damm, Diane Cook, Kerry Bogert, Lori Anderson, and Tracy Statler.   Each project incorporates one or more of the featured wire links – from chain to focal components.

Advance your wire working skills as I take you through the essentials to beautiful, finished jewelry designs.  See what you may have been missing and discover how to incorporate wire designs in a whole new way!

How about a peek in to what you’ll find in the book?

Oxidizing wire links - The Missing Link

Here are some of the links featured in The Missing Link – from start to finish.  1. wire links in raw (or bare) copper, brass and bronze.  2.  This is what the links look like after they are oxidized…their behind-the-scenes beauty treatment.  3.  The finished links after they are polished! The pictures you see here are ones I took myself at home. I’m thankful that my publisher chose to use many of my own props in the actual photos for the book – it was well worth paying for that oversized suitcase when I traveled to CO!  I am so grateful for such an amazing design team and photographer at Interweave/F+W Media!

And a side-note….this is the very first link I designed with this book in mind.  I used the finished project when I pitched the book and it is one of my favorites!

Wire jewelry links by Cindy Wimmer

Paying respects to the long tradition of Navy in my family with this nautical knot link –

Wire link by Cindy Wimmer featured in "The Missing Link"

A take on the infinity link –

The Infinity Link by Cindy Wimmer featured in her book, "The Missing Link"

This is a finished design using one of the wire links that you’ll learn in The Missing Link.   You can show off a coveted vintage piece (here I used an antique buckle) by embellishing your necklace with a handmade chain.

wirework by Cindy Wimmer

Showcased on the cover of the book – “Soujourn by the Sea”.  Pull out your favorite beads (NaOs Glass shown here) and mix them with a collection of wire links!

The Missing Link by Cindy Wimmer


If you would like a signed copy of The Missing Link, please pre-order your copy here.  I will be mailing these out as soon as they are received in late September/October. 

Thank you for stopping by and joining me on this part of my book-writing journey!

– Cindy xoxo

Cindy Wimmer, jewelry designerCindy Wimmer is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining vintage elements with modern wire design.  She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. Her wire jewelry design book, The Missing Link, will be released in the Fall of 2013.


{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Kerry July 26, 2013 at 3:36 pm

YES YES YES!!!! Cindy, I can not possibly be more excited to be a part of your book. You are nothing short of amazing when it comes to wire and I’m honored to call you friend. I’m just grinning from ear to ear for you. This has been a long time coming and so well deserved.

I have 5 words for you… HOT FUDGE SUNDAE CAKE TONIGHT!!

Cindy Cima Edwards July 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Wow! This book looks amazing – I sooo want a copy!

Linda Landig July 26, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Sound like an awesome book. I’ll look forward to seeing it! Congrats!

Lori Anderson July 26, 2013 at 4:21 pm

It’s finally here! I remember our weekend we spent researching books and ideas and a lot of conversations back in the day about your book! Congratulations.

Gale July 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I’m always hunting for ideas for links, so I’m almost as excited as you about your new book. Congrats. (And that’s a lovely photo of you on this post.)

Connie Mattos July 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm

So beautiful and inspirational!

diane cook July 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Cindy…I am thrilled for you, and can hardly wait for my copy! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for including me in your adventure of book writing! These pictures are just gorgeous, and your step by step cheat sheets are amazing! You constantly amaze me with all you do! Congrats … you deserve it, and truly are the BEST link designer I know!

Stacie July 26, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Eeeek….I am so excited for you! And I can’t wait to see the full thing…those nautical knots are to die for…awesome, awesome, awesome!!

Alice July 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I’m so excited for you!!! I know this book will be fabulous and as soon as I’m done writing this comment I’m signing up for an autographed book!!

Jenny July 26, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Sweet! Wonderful! Very excited for you – and anxious to see the book. Maybe even at ArtBliss?!?! Congrats!

Elizabeth July 26, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Congrats! I look forward to reading your book when it comes out!

Ann Schroeder July 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Congratulations on the book! I’m looking forward to getting it. I think it is the missing link I need in my jewelry making! 🙂

Emma Todd July 26, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Ah,reading this post while not playing “ponies” means I’ve really read it now and see the right links :). I am so excited for you, the cover is awesome, i would instantly pick it up for a flick through. I can’t wait to learn all about links and build new skills. Yay!

Tracy July 26, 2013 at 8:51 pm

I’m so pleased to be a part of your beautiful book Cindy. I know it’s going to be a huge success. You worked incredibly hard on your amazing and creative links and I really think it’s going to help so many people take their jewelry making to another level!

Linda July 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Oh, I’m sooo happy for you! And what a wonderful book it is! 🙂

Patty July 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Oh Cindy this is ridiculously exciting YAY!!!! I am so happy for you and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

Melissa July 26, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Oh how exciting! I am so proud of you and can’t wait to have one…I love that cover necklace so much! I agree with Stacie about those nautical links!

Molly Alexander July 27, 2013 at 2:17 am

I am SOOOOOOO excited for you Cindy! I can’t wait to order me very own copy from you!

🙂 Molly

KJ July 27, 2013 at 7:07 am

Beautiful and so uniform in size and shape!

Congratulations on getting through the publishing process. Can’t wait to see the full book.

Cory Tompkins July 27, 2013 at 8:14 am

Congrats!!! It looks like a great book Cindy, the cover is gorgeous!! Those beads and your wire together…yummy! It will be on my wish list for Christmas this year.

Angie Blasingame July 27, 2013 at 8:57 am

This book is gorgeous. The photos you showed are delicious…makes me want more!

Sandra July 27, 2013 at 8:59 am

Cindy, Congratulations!! I read the post yesterday and jumped right over to the link to purchase my book copy. This sneak peek of the links has me intrigued to see the projects. Can’t wait to the book arrives. P.S. I left you a note with my book order.

ChristineB July 27, 2013 at 9:05 am

YAAAAAY!!!!! OMG. I am so so SO thrilled and happy for you! The book looks AMAZING, just like everything else you do, and I canNOT wait to get my hands on my very own copy! Congratulations!!

Susan Marling July 27, 2013 at 9:14 am

Congratulations! I am so excited for you. You have got to be thrilled about this. It looks fabulous. I ordered mine and hopefully will have it for ArtBliss.

cynthia July 27, 2013 at 11:03 am

The book looks like an amazing resource full of eye candy! congrats!

Karyn B July 27, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Wow, congratulations! The book looks stunning and so inspirational. Can’t wait to check it out!

Linda Sinish July 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Oh, oh, oh, oh, I am so darn excited! The links are so breath taking and exciting! I am beside myself with excitement. And from reading the comments, so many others are feeling the same emotion. They are all incredible, unbelievable and just wonderful!!! I feel like a kid in a candy store and can’t wait to get my hands on your new book. BRAVO! Congratulations! I am thrilled for you. And, thank you so kindly for the mention. Blush!

Sally Anderson July 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm

You already know how excited I am by this and how happy for you, too! These photos just makes the excitement grow. Congratulations, Cindy! xoxo

Amber Van Meter July 27, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I’m so super excited for you! When I saw my beads on the cover, I literally squealed with delight! 🙂 Can’t wait to get a few copies for friends and family plus I want to learn some more wire-wrapping techniques myself!

Laura Twiford July 29, 2013 at 4:04 pm

It was so great to see you, Randy and the boys (how they’ve grown this past year!) the other night! We just didn’t have enough time! You know how excited I am about your book and thrilled at your accomplishment! Do I need to preorder here if there’s a chance of getting a copy at ArtBliss? Can’t wait!

Kathleen Lange Klik July 30, 2013 at 9:27 am

Your book looks and sounds fantastic! I am so excited for you and can’t wait to buy a copy! The projects shown look amazing! I am excited to learn from and be inspired by you. Congratulations on this absolutely wonderful accomplishment!!

Stefanie July 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

CAN’T WAIT! Oh my, congrats, Cindy – I’m so happy for you. The book sounds fantastic!

Lynda July 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Privileged to add my congratulations to all these admirers, Cindy! And thanks for the sneak peek into the making of this amazing book of yours. I have a new appreciating for all the hard work that goes into the making of a book. Whew!

Cindy July 30, 2013 at 11:50 pm

A big thank you to everyone who has stopped by – your comments really make my day. I appreciate your enthusiasm – and as you can see, I’m super excited about this book! 🙂

Norma Lewis July 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I just downloaded your ebook off of Interweave Press. Your book is so inspirational and the photography is AMAZING. I can’t wait to start playing! Cindy, thank you for such a fabulous book 🙂

Christine Damm August 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm

When I look at that cover, the beads are beautiful but the links really make the piece! The twists and turns of your links are so creative and unusual– I am proud to be a contributor to this fabulous book! I am so proud of you, Cindy– you did it!

Elisabeth August 2, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Cindy – huge congratulations!!! What an amazing accomplishment! Can’t wait to get my own copy!!!

Erin Siegel August 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Hi Cindy!

I apologize for me being late in congratulating you on the release of your book. You did it! It’s such a wonderful accomplishment and you should be proud of yourself. A lot of hard work, dedication and passion goes into every detail on every page. Seeing your book go from idea to a finished product is such a special thing, it’s hard to describe! I’m so very excited for you!!! As an author, I know just how you feel and how special and exciting this time is. I can not wait to order your book. It looks absolutely gorgeous! and I know it is. I’m contemplating getting the ebook bundle in addition to a signed copy. I really want to see it now! and I REALLY want a signed copy in person at artBLISS. I’m also hoping that we can share some conversations about our experiences in the book writing process. So many emotions can be involved! It can be a roller coast ride of ups and downs, mostly ups though, of course!!! 😉 It would be really nice to share stories with someone who’s been there. At least it would for me, anyways! I know you have Kerry and Lori at your side, which I’m sure you have been able to shared much with.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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