Live Wire eMag has gone live!

by Cindy on July 30, 2011


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.


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebecca Anderson July 30, 2011 at 4:14 am

Hi Cindy! I haven’t purchased LiveWire (yet…) but I have purchased both Everyday Bracelets and the Creative Jewelry interactive download a few months back. I think they are both great – I’m sure there are improvements that can and will be made as we get used to epublishing but I am very glad that I bought both of them! Love your wee spirals, you’re so great with wire. And I’m still always amazed that you’re able to work with such heavy gauges! One day I will get my hands to work with such things. x

Mary Harding July 30, 2011 at 7:21 am

I have had my copy for over a week and love it. I think your project Cindy is super fun and the instructions are great. I also love the button bracelet and have made a number of wire wrapped buttons since getting the mag. I hope to share the projects with my summer visitors’: an enthusiastic bunch of grandchildren who are crazy about beading. The projects are so lovely, yet basically simple and straightforward. The directions are clear but not complicated. And I especially like the inserted videos of techniques. It seems just when I have a question the technique video pops up. The PDF option is also great. I can follow directions much better if they are in front of me and in printl My only prob is that on my computer it is slow to load and freezes up at times. But it does always right itself after awhile. I know I will be referring back to it time and again.

Kerry July 30, 2011 at 8:18 am

Oh my, Cindy… your version of my bangle is STUNNING!! I love the colors and the little touch of fabric you added. I just love it! Thank you for trying my project 🙂 But, I must say, your contribution is one of my favorites. I love that double swirl.

cat kerr July 30, 2011 at 9:58 am

You sound so excited about this and I am so happy for you,your friends and everyone involved!Your creations are amazing (that hand pendant is stunning) and what an amazing job you did on Kerrys project!!Congrats again!!Hugs,Cat

Mary July 30, 2011 at 10:17 am

Love the tutorials! This is a super idea for wire enthusiasts. I too love the scrolled charm holder you’ve made! Fun!

Judy July 30, 2011 at 10:36 am

This is great news! Your projects are just incredible! I look forward to checking Live Wire out. I just love how you used Nan’s heart and hand.

Brandi July 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I loooove emags. I haven’t bought a whole lot yet, but the concept is fantastic – I can see pretty pictures, learn a few things, AND I didn’t have to get dressed to go to the store? I’m sold. (And also lazy.)

Tracy July 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Cindy – I love your spiral pendant holders! Digital education and publication has definitely arrived. I love them all emags, eworkshops. I think it helps people master the skills better when they can watch a skill being performed in front of them as many times as they want. I purchased both emags and am only half way through Live Wire – but so far, I like how Interweave has arranged it!

Erin Prais-Hintz July 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Good review Cindy! I just finally got my copy of Everyday Bracelets to work and I am working on one or two more. I want to do a review of this new interactive media. I like your assessment and might have to get this one too, if it won’t crash my computer multiple times like the others! Love what you did. So simple, yet so WOW!
Enjoy the day!

Lori Anderson July 30, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Those are beautiful pieces.

Sally Russick July 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Beautiful wire charm holder Cindy!
I’m going to have to check the e-mag out!

sandi m July 31, 2011 at 3:28 am

Congratulations Cindy – love the pendants with my favorite symbol, the spiral.
Haven’t decided if I want this issue. I think it’s the fact of just sitting and looking at a computer screen. I do too much of that already!

Sandi Volpe July 31, 2011 at 10:13 am

Hi Cindy,

Beautiful pieces:-) I am working on learning how to make some of your components from Wire Style 2! Congrats, hope to see you soon. Are you going to Beadfest?

esther August 2, 2011 at 2:22 am

Congrats cindy!your charm holder are fantastic!!

KIM August 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Very beautiful pieces Cindy. I had a heck of a time downloading but finally got there! Love the sprial holder. Now I just need more time!

Sandy Richardson August 4, 2011 at 10:03 am

Oh Cindy, That coil bracelet is awesome. You always amaze me with your hand at wire wrap. Be Blessed to be a blessing Sandy

Elly Snare August 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

What a wonderful necklace! I hadn’t heard of Spirited Earth before so definitely will be checking her store out. The chunkiness and curves of the charm holder are great!


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