Many of Michele's designs as well as her artistic creations are inspired by some of the books and magazines she subscribes to and has purchased over the years. We have listed some of the educational books that might be of interest to our customers with a direct link to Barnes & Noble. We hope you find them as useful and educational as Michele has found them.

As a bonus, Michele's husband is also an accomplished amateur author in his own right. Though they are not jewelry related, they have become very popular at our trade shows. Many of our customers have asked to see them in the shop. 

Wire Wrapping


Compiled with advanced beginners and intermediate designers in mind, Wire Wrapping starts with the basics and builds skills progressively through each project. The easy-to-follow instructions emphasize safety first and list all the steps required to get started, with a detailed discussion given to using tools such as pliers and wire cutters—wire wrapping does not require a soldering torch—and selecting appropriate materials such as copper, brass, and sterling silver. Finishing these stunning projects are a snap with the tips, tricks, and techniques demonstrated.

Making Metal Clay Jewelry


Anyone who has ever wanted to give metal clay a try will enjoy this third book in the popular Absolute Beginners Guide series. The first book in this series, Stringing Beaded Jewelry, won the 2010 IPPY award.  Making Metal Clay Jewelry by Cindy Thomas Pankopf, follows the same signature format as its predecessors, positioning readers to learn by doing as they take on simple metal clay jewelry projects that gradually increase in difficulty level. Now is a perfect time to introduce readers to metal clay with this signature series that focuses on positive results.

1620 - The Story of Thanksgiving


1620 - The Story of Thanksgiving, is Rick's second in his series of history books about our nation's holidays, and can be found at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & Books A Million. Also available as an e-Reader for the Nook, Kindel, and other electronic formats. 

About the book: We don't know the exact date of the celebration we call the First Thanksgiving, but it was probably in late September or early October, soon after the Pilgrim's crops had been harvested.  The term Thanksgiving, first applied in the nineteenth century, was not used by the Pilgrims. Despite what is widely taught in schools today, the "First Thanksgiving" was not a thanks to the Indians for saving the lives of the Pilgrims; but in fact it was in reverence to the blessings bestowed upon God and His gift of the abundance of their crops. God had blessed them with so much abundance that they shared it with the Indians thus strengthening their relationship with their new neighbors.

  This book is their story of how they fled the tyranny and persecution of the Church of England by King James rule over their religious beliefs. Many were being persecuted, imprisoned and in some cases put to death. Men, women and children, who would later be called Pilgrims, prepared themselves for a religious war -  and it was at this time, in 1618, they planed their escape.

  1620 - The Story of Thanksgiving, uses William Bradford's diary "Of Plymouth Plantation"as the main source of information, and is one of a few history books that tells the true story of the Pilgrims, their journey on the Mayflower, and how they survived through their first winter leading up to their thanks to God for the bounty for which they were blessed that helped sow the seeds of our nation that would later be called the United Sates of America.

Who Was St. Nicholas? And What is His Connection to Santa Claus?


Together their reputations span centuries across continents. Their stories have been handed down from generation to generation. And yet, we know more about the mythical Santa Claus than we do about his ancestral origin Saint Nicholas.
Though Saint Nicholas was a real bishop who lived in Asia Minor, and Santa Claus is his American alter ego, they share one common reality - their connection to a baby born in a manger in Bethlehem.

Author Rick Gregory traces the birth and life of one of America's most cherished characters of Christmas in this 62 page graphical biography of St. Nicholas.  His birth, his life, his stories and his miracles are retold; and through his amazing life Rick uncovers the mystery of how we began to hang stockings above the fireplace, and why they are filled with gifts. How did St. Nicholas morph into Santa Claus?  Why does he slide down the chimney?  How did Santa begin to use flying reindeer?  Where did the idea of Santa's elves come into our Christmas culture?  Where did Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer come from, and what is the story behind "Twas the Night Before Christmas"? 
Rick answers these and many other Christmas legends by taking the reader through a  Christmas story that will become a family tradition for generations.  It is a story to be read by both adults and children of all ages.  To be enjoyed around the Christmas Tree as a yearly family tradition.  Read to children as a bedtime story.  You will learn the true meaning of Christmas and why some wish to eliminate it from the public square - and why, after centuries of stories and fables, Santa and Christmas lives in the hearts of all of us.

Who Was St. Nicholas? And What is his Connection to Santa Claus? - Second Edition


The story of Santa Claus begins with St. Nicholas, who was born on March 15, 270AD in the village of Patara located in Lycia, Turkey. He dedicated his life to serving God, and was made Bishop of Myra as a young man, known for his generosity to those in need and his love for children.

In Who Was St. Nicholas? And What is his Connection to Santa Claus? SECOND EDITION, Rick Gregory dives into the mysterious life of St. Nicholas. His life as a young man, how he became a bishop and all of the miracles that are associated with him that through the ages morphed into the mythological fantasy world of Santa Claus. This hard cover second edition can be found at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books A Million, INDIE BOUND, and anywhere fine books are sold.  Order through Creative Wire Wear and receive 30% off bookseller price plus an option to have the book signed by the author!

About the Book: One of the oldest stories of St. Nicholas, which gave us the tradition of hanging stockings on the mantelpiece comes from the story of a man with three daughters who was so poor he could not afford offering prospective husbands a dowry. In those days, the larger the dowry, the better chance that a young woman would find a good husband. It came to pass that on three different nights, bags of gold, tossed through an open window, mysteriously appeared in stockings left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings on the mantelpiece, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas.

Children around the world know and love St. Nicholas - for he gave to those in need, expecting nothing for himself in return. Through the centuries, this compassionate friend of children gave gifts on December 5th, known as St. Nicholas Day that usually came in the form of good things to eat: apples, oranges, nuts, and eventually cookies and sweets.

Soon, the methods of how St. Nicholas gave gifts shifted from tossing bags of goodies through the window to chimneys. As gift-giving spread across Europe, St. Nicholas Feast Day - December 6th, was celebrated by all walks of life as the primary day of giving gifts.  Whether gifts are given on Nicholas' feast or at Christmas, his example inspires charity and generosity - the core traits of Santa Claus.

Throughout the world, St. Nicholas is known to travel about the country side, visiting schools and homes to find out if children are good or bad. He travels by night finding carrots and hay for his flying horse along with a wish list from children of what they would like to receive. Some of these gifts come in the form of treats left in stockings so that the children will know he came to visit. However, it was not uncommon for a child, who was not so good, to be left a stick, swatch or a lump of coal - a warning from St. Nicholas to better watch out.

These are just some of the stories that Rick Gregory brings to life as he investigates the myths and legends of St. Nicholas, and how his story gave us our Christmas traditions we cherish and enjoy today.

Christmas is more than gift giving, singing Christmas carols, and tree decorating. It's a time of reflection. To stop and admire the miracles around us. The miracle of Life. Love and charity. As we celebrate Christmas and enjoy the fairy tales of the North Pole, flying reindeer, and elves - let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas. The miracle birth that took place in Bethlehem.

Because that's what Christmas is really all about.

Product Details:
ISBN-13: 9781457546419
Publication date: 09/06/2016

Pages: 272
Weight: 1 lb 15.3oz
Size: 9.5"H x 6.5"W

1776 - The Declaration of Independence


This is Rick's third book in his series of American History.  Starting from his first book, 1620 - The Story of Thanksgiving, Rick outlined the journey of the Pilgrims landing on the shores of Massachusetts where they established a settlement and community that planted the seeds of what would later become the United States.  
  In 1776 - The Declaration of Independence - the colonists harvested the seeds that the Pilgrims planted 156 year later.

About the book
The call for independence was first heard on June 7, 1776, in the Pennsylvania State House (today called Independence Hall), as Richard Henry Lee of Virginia read his resolution to the Continental Congress: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved."
  Lee’s Resolution was an expression of what was already beginning to happen throughout the colonies. When the Second Continental Congress first met in May 1775, King George III had not replied to the petition for redress of grievances that had been sent to him by the First Continental Congress. Gradually, Congress had taken on the responsibilities of a national government, and in June 1775, Congress had established the Continental Army.
In August 1775, a royal proclamation declared that the king’s American subjects were “engaged in open and avowed rebellion." Later that year, Parliament passed the American Prohibitory Act, which made all American vessels and cargoes forfeit to the Crown, and in May 1776, Congress learned that the king had negotiated treaties with German states to hire mercenaries to fight in America. The severity of these actions convinced many Americans that the mother country was treating the colonies as a foreign entity.
One by one, the Continental Congress continued to cut the colonies ties to Britain. The Privateering Resolution, passed in March 1776, allowed the colonists “to fit out armed vessels to cruize on the enemies of these United Colonies.” On April 6, 1776, American ports had been opened to commerce with other nations, an action that severed the economic ties fostered by the Navigation Acts. A “Resolution for the Formation of Local Governments” was passed on May 10, 1776.
At the same time, more of the colonists themselves were becoming convinced of the inevitability of independence. Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, published in January 1776, was sold by the thousands. By the middle of May 1776, eight colonies had decided that they would support independence. On May 15, 1776, the Virginia Convention passed a resolution that “the delegates appointed to represent this colony in General Congress be instructed to propose to that respectable body to declare the United Colonies free and independent states."
It was in keeping with these instructions that Richard Henry Lee, on June 7, 1776, presented his resolution. There were still some delegates, however, including those bound by earlier instructions, who wished to pursue the path of reconciliation with Britain. On June 11, consideration of Lee’s Resolution was postponed by a vote of seven to five, with New York abstaining. Congress then recessed for three weeks. The tone of the debate indicated that at the end of that time, Lee’s Resolution would be adopted. Before Congress recessed, a Committee of Five was appointed to draft a statement presenting to the world the colonies case for independence.

   Nations come into being in many ways, including military rebellion, civil strife, acts of heroism, and treachery. The birth of our nation was no different in this respect, yet, ours was unique because it went against the status quo. No longer would government – a dictating parliament, rule the people; rather, the people would create a new nation where the authority and power of government would be granted by the consent of the governed, the people. This new nation, which would later be called the United States of America, would be an exception to world history because of the immensity of its impact on the course of world history and the growth of personal liberty and freedom. And it all came about from seeds sewn in 1620 at Plymouth Rock with the Pilgrims' landing, and grew over the ensuing years along winding paths to once again meet - at this time in Philadelphia, in 1776 - to bear the fruits of American liberty and independence in the creation of the Declaration of Independence.


Product Details:
ISBN: 978-1-4575-6147-4
Publication date: 06/21/2018
Pages: 702
Size: 9.5"H x 6.5"W x 3" D