Discover how to create unique and beautiful canes that will be treasured as useful works of art! Legendary carving artist Lora S. Irish introduces you to all of the essential components and techniques of cane topper carving in this comprehensive guide. Chock full of important tips and tricks, Cane Topper Woodcarving will teach you how to take full advantage of this fun and rewarding carving genre. With step-by-step projects, ready-to-use patterns, and beautiful color photographs, Lora provides expert advice on sourcing, carving, joinery, finishing, customization, and more. Inside Cane Topper Woodcarving you'll find:– Expert advice on carving expressive cane toppers from basswood blocks.– Guide to basic cane construction techniques.– 4 detailed step-by-step tutorials for creating expressive canes.– 6 joinery methods for strong and durable joints between cane topper and staff.– How to source and prepare staffs from found wood.– Tips for adding joint covers, hand grips, and custom features.
Little Book of Pyrography makes it easy to learn the creative craft of woodburning! All that aspiring beginners need is this book and an inexpensive wood burning tool to start adorning wood, gourds, leather, paper and more with beautiful images and patterns. Legendary pyrography artist Lora S. Irish expands on the techniques and projects from her bestselling book Pyrography Basics—all of which are included here—and explores new ways to achieve lovely varieties of tone and texture. In this handsome hardcover gift edition, Lora provides a thorough introduction to basic tools, materials and techniques. Readers will learn how to set up a practice board to experiment with strokes and settings before moving on to working projects with confidence. Seven skill-building projects provide step-by-step exercises in using temperature, time, layering, and texturing to create artistic tonal values.
Wire wrapping is a quick and easy technique that will take your jewelry craft to the next level. A little wire, a few simple tools, and some brightly colored beads are all you need to start creating your own intriguing fashion statements. By adding new wires to basic links, you can alter simple links into complex and fascinating focal designs. Wire-Wrapped Jewelry Techniques teaches 30 expert wire wrapping methods, such as forming bent-wire links, working a wrapping pattern, wrapping sequential layers, embellishing decorative loops, adding coil elements, and much more. This comprehensive guide to wire wrap jewelry includes 8 step-by-step projects for stunning necklaces, pendants, brooches, hairpins and earrings.
Transform simple copper wire into stunning works of wearable art! From best-selling author and popular artist Lora Irish, learn expert techniques to create over 150 stylish DIY earring designs. With step-by-step instructions, high-quality photography, and helpful tips and tricks, you’ll be able to make dozens of beautiful copper wire earrings with unique formations and beaded details! Author and internationally known artist Lora Irish has written several books on many types of art forms, including woodcarving, pyrography, craft pattern books, and more.
Scroll saw artists never seem to have enough patterns – especially wildlife patterns. Here, artist Lora S. Irish presents 61 precisely drawn outline patterns for scrollers. Carefully inked lines make each pattern easy to follow. Scrollers may choose to photocopy or scan copies of the patterns to keep their book intact or use the patterns directly from the book. Ms. Irish includes patterns for each commonly known species of North American wildlife. Bears, wolves, deer, eagles and ducks all come to life under the scroller's blade. Ms. Irish also includes brief cutting instructions to aid beginning scrollers. The instructions include information on what blades to choose, what wood to use and how to make inside and outside cuts. Safety precautions are also outlined. Scroll saw patterns can be cut as is to make scroll saw fretwork plaques. Turning the table left or right will allow the pattern to be cut in relief, giving the final work a compressed, three-dimensional look. Intermediate level scrollers may choose to incorporate the patterns in jewelry boxes, cabinet doors and more.
Lora S. Irish, author of Great Book of Dragon Patterns and other useful reference guides for artists, proudly introduces her latest book for Fox Chapel Publishing – with more than 100 patterns of those most mystical and elusive beings called «Fairies.»
The folklore of fairies – sometimes referred to as faes and flutterbyes – has been passed down through the generations, and they have captured the hearts and minds of artists for centuries. This book is brimming with tips and techniques for artists and craftspeople with any number of projects, including painting, woodworking, quilts, garden decorations, needlepoint, ceramics and more.
Bring the magic of fairies to your art. Features dozens of original fairy patterns and the expert tips and techniques for successfully incorporating them into any medium or craft. Inside, you'll find the history of fairies in legends, and clear descriptions of the various fairy types and their appearances.
– Wing patterns: Including bee wings, dragonfly wings, butterfly wings, moth wings, and modern options – Poses: Handy tips on creating one fairy manikin and turning it into dozens of poses – it's easier than you think! – Outfits: Dress your fairy in the best and brightest fashions – Settings: From ponds to flower gardens to forest floors, you'll learn how to place your fairy in your favorite scenes and backgrounds
Pyrography Techniques, Patterns, & Projects For All Skill Levels
Nationally-known artist Lora Irish reveals her secrets in this complete woodburning resource. Beginner and advanced pyrographers alike benefit from the 30 original traceable line patterns and the clear step-by-step instructions. An inspiring full-color gallery illustrates the beauty of her finished projects.
Inside The Great Book of Woodburning You'll Find: –Exercises to Master Temperature, Stroke, Texture and Layering –Methods to Judge Depth of Color and Tonal Values –Chapters on Equipment, Surface Selection and Finishing Techniques
Go beyond just following the steps and learn the methods to traditional basket weaving, from measuring and adding spokes and forming God’s Eye knots to weaving twill and twining patterns. With step-by-step instructions and photography for 3 rib basket projects, followed by 12 additional designs to accomplish independently, you’ll acquire all the proper techniques you need to become a successful basket-weaver. Author Lora Irish is a talented and successful artist of many trades and has been making baskets for 15 years. She has also written several woodcarving, pyrography, and craft pattern books.
• Practical compendium of finishing techniques for woodcrafters.• Shows how to choose, use, and apply the perfect finish for any project.• Comprehensive coverage of acrylic paint techniques and oil staining/antiquing methods.• Applications in all wood crafts, including carving, woodburning, and scroll sawing.• Sample projects throughout the book demonstrate specific techniques.