Imagine jewelry inspiration and tutorials available immediately. No need to sign up for a class or take a trip to your bookstore. Interweave has rolled out its very first wire eMag and it is ready for download! Interweave has made it easy to download this new eMag on your PC or MAC, and has plans to debut iPad and other tablet versions this fall.
What makes this online magazine so GREAT? Live Wire is interactive – you’ll find articles, tutorials, resources AND videos. Scroll around and click – it is easy to find information in greater depth than you would with a traditional magazine. Beginner wire workers especially will find the how-to videos by Editor-in-chief, Denise Peck, particularly helpful. Watch as Denise walks you the steps to create the perfect wrapped loop, simple loop, wire straightening and making jump rings. A special FAQ section and an article on patina/texture will also help answer those burning wirework questions you might have.
The eMag includes eight fantastic projects with contributions from my friends Kerry Bogert and Cassie Donlen. You will also find projects and articles by Denise Peck, Jane Dickerson, Kate Ferrant Richbourg, Kieu Pham Gray, Karen Keegan, Sara Richardson, and Ronna Sarvas Weltman. I think you’ll love the large, screen-sized step-by-step pictures for each project. You can also click on the pdf version of the article and you’ll have a copy in your hands lickety split. I was asked by a friend recently if this eMag was worth it. Oh yes, it is! And at a very reasonable price of $9.97, you’ll have access to wire inspiration at your fingertips.
I was excited to be a part of Live Wire eMag. I was asked to contribute a basic spiral-based design and was happy to create a wire charm holder pendant. While working on the concept, I created pendants in both bronze and copper. You’ll find the copper charm holder in Live Wire, featuring a beautiful ceramic hand pendant by Nan Emmett of Spirited Earth.
I was so inspired after viewing my contributor “copy” of the Live Wire eMag, that I got to work on one of the projects right away. I stayed up until 2 a.m. that night to finish it, but I was motivated. I was intrigued by the clever construction of Kerry’s coiled wire bangle. I created my bangle with oxidized bronze wire and an amazing polymer clay focal by Christine Damm. I love the colorway that Christine used for the beads in this set.
If you’ve taken the digital leap and downloaded Interweave’s new Live Wire or Everyday Bracelets eMags, let me know your thoughts! I know I’m excited about this new direction in jewelry publication.