Jewellery & Beadcraft Books
This title features over 100 inspiring ways to make stunning pieces from all kinds of materials, with practical step-by-step projects. It contains over 100 ideas and easy-to-make projects, plus scores of tips and inspiration for creating many different types of hand-crafted jewellery. It features every kind of jewellery - from bangles, brooches and pins, to necklaces, rings, pendants and earrings - plus designs for buttons, badges, cufflinks, hair ornaments and trinket boxes. All techniques are shown in fully illustrated step-by-step format - clear, simple and easy to achieve, with stunning pictures of every finished piece. It covers a wide range of different crafting techniques using easily acquired equipment and material: including metal, wire, beads, ribbon, felt, silk, shells, mosaic, ceramics and paper. Jewellery always makes a very personal statement, and creating your own pieces is a wonderful way of saying even more about yourself and your taste. Better still, many of these ideas are so inexpensive, you can give yourself a new look quickly and easily. This book is designed to teach you everything you need to know about making jewellery, and covers all the materials, techniques and equipment you will need. Projects include bracelets and earrings, necklaces and brooches and even cufflinks and rings, and cover all kinds of crafting techniques. Throughout the book there is an emphasis on having fun while inspiring you to create a fabulous and individual look, with the minimum amount of expenditure.
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Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers is a comprehensive examination of all the techniques, surface treatments, and innovations used by silver jewellery makers. Unlike more general silversmithing books that also include silver ornaments, this book places a strong emphasis on the information that is relevant to jewellery makers, giving them all they need to know about working with this unique and versatile material. It takes the reader through the basic skills as well as specialist techniques and treatments for silver jewellery making. Traditional techniques such as filigree are examined alongside contemporary designs that marry metals and mix materials to create unique textures and surfaces. This authoritative and lusciously illustrated book offers a comprehensive and inspirational insight into the art and craft of silver jewellery making for today's artisan. Profiles of contemporary practitioners punctuate every section along with galleries that show a range of finished works. Packed with instructional information and inspiration this book is aimed at the range of home-crafters and the Etsy.com market as well as professional jewelry makers who are looking for a more detailed insight into working with silver. The comprehensive resource section details the practicalities of learning about and selling jewelry in the contemporary accessories market. Silver is easy to work with, affordable, and results in elegant, stylish jewellery that is above the level of the more crafty beads-and-colored-stones style of jewellery making. Being versatile and malleable means this is a material that jewellery makers can experiment with and also use with a combination of other materials to create unique, stylish, and highly sophisticated looking jewellery. Silversmithing and jewellery courses alike are highly subscribed, and barring a highly respected 30 year old title, no other book adequately addresses silver jewellery -making techniques for the modern maker. The majority of silversmithing books focus on ornaments and include a lot of information that is not relevant to the jewellery maker, and there is a distinct gap in the market for this contemporary appraisal of the craft. With its comprehensive range of techniques and inspiration Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers is a must-have for all levels of jewellery makers and designers and guarantees a strong position on the backlist.
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Pewter is a soft metal that has been used decoratively for hundreds of years and has enormous versatility and potential for contemporary crafters and jewellery makers. It's relatively cheap to buy; is soft, malleable and easy to use; and requires very little in the way of equipment or skill. This book contains 20 simple, easy-to-make jewellery pieces, including brooches, necklaces and bracelets, all based on the simplest technique for embossing sheet pewter - low-relief embossing. The pewter is combined with semi-precious stones and beads; glued to other materials such as wood, plastic and little scraps of fabric; and coloured with glass paints, giving the finished pieces a bright, colourful, contemporary feel. Each project is accompanied by a beautiful, full-colour photograph of the finished piece; clear, step-by-step instructions; lists of the materials and equipment needed; and templates (where required). Two versions of each project are included, each made by following the same step-by-step instructions but by varying the embellishments, materials or colours used.
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Linda Jones brings you 35 fantastic step-by-step jewellery projects inspired by the art of the ancient Celts. With only some beads, a spool of wire, and a few simple tools, you can begin straight away, as Linda tells you everything you need to know to create beautiful twisted wire and bead pieces. With chokers, brooches, delicate chains, rings, earrings, bangles, and more, Wire and Bead Celtic Jewelry offers something for everyone. Every piece is inspired by Celtic design, from a Celtic harp brooch and Lindisfarne choker to lariats and bracelets echoing the forms of animals and elements of nature. The projects are set up like recipes with materials lists and step-by-step instructions so they are perfect for beginners, but her unique designs will inspire those already experienced in the craft.
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This is an indispensable guide to making bead jewellery covering all the essential beading techniques, from choosing colours and designing jewellery, to bead stringing, making findings and bead embroidery. It features nine technique-focused chapters, including a chapter on making your own beads, and a tenth chapter containing step-by-step instructions for 12 brand new bead jewellery projects. Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, clear diagrams and stunning photography combine to create a must-have resource for expert and beginner beaders alike.
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Whether you are an experienced jewellery-maker looking to move up to the next level, or a complete beginner, "The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Making Techniques" is an invaluable resource. Using this book you can: learn how to manipulate wire to create elegant structural designs for earrings, rings, pendants, necklaces, tiaras and brooches with clear, illustrated instructions; combine wire with beads and stones through threading and wrapping for an intricately embellished look; have fun experimenting with different types of wire, from precious metal to electrical and recycled wires; and, progress from basic wire-working skills to more advanced techniques, such as making linked jump-ring chains, simple soldering, and using chemicals to alter the wire finish.
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The pearl necklace is an iconic classic, which has offered an irresistible invitation to subversive reinterpretation through the centuries. Renaissance queens, maharajas, First Ladies, and starlets from the Golden Age of Hollywood to the present have all made the pearl necklace part of their wardrobes, each wearing it after the fashion of the times or their own fancy. In The Pearl Necklace, Assouline and Mikimoto explore the legacy of these lustrous strands through fine art and fashion in a luxurious volume that reminds us why the pearl necklace has long been the ultimate object of fascination and fantasy.
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Chaumet, established in 1780, is one of the crown jewels of Place Vendome. The first fine jeweler to settle on this square at the heart of Parisian luxury, in 1812, today Chaumet is still ensconced on Place Vendome after more than two centuries, and continues to balance its heritage of impeccable service and fine technical craftsmanship with innovative design embodying modern Parisian sophistication. Three Memoire volumes in a slipcase elegantly encapsulate the essence of Chaumet s heritage of creative artistry and expertise: Vendome, Birthplace of a Legend: Official jewelers to Napoleon Bonaparte, the brand s founders acquired an hotel particulier on Place Vendome in 1812, becoming the first fine jeweler on the square.The Art of the Tiara: The tiara is at the heart of Chaumet s story, the enduring inspiration for its technical expertise and artistry since the first lavish tiaras created for Empress Josephine.The Nature of Chaumet: From the beginning, Chaumet chose the romantic theme of flora and fauna to be a cornerstone of its creations, and to this day leaves, flowers, and insects are the signature of the brand, uniting past, present, and future."
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Traditional Indian Jewellery: The Golden Smile of India explores the rich heritage of Indian jewellery and its significance in past and present Indian society. Jewellery plays an important part in the everyday lives, important moments, festivals and religious aspects of Indian culture. It is not only girls and women who wear jewellery, but also boys, men, temple statues and even animals. The book excels in its detailed descriptions, which accompany the sumptuous array of images. We discover the origin and significance of gold, the significance of setting gems in a certain order, and jewellery's spiritual importance. The book retells and explains in detail the legends and stories attached to certain gems, as well as their mythological and astrological significance. This publication is the result of thirty-five years of research - travelling, studying, and talking to many people across the entire subcontinent of India, as well as having had unprecedented access to goldsmiths and enamellers; being shown techniques known only to one family, which have been transferred from generation to generation; and being granted access to beautiful and never before seen Royal collections.
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This comprehensive and ambitious workshop reference book for jewelers brings together a vast range of skills, techniques and technical data in one volume, providing an essential one-stop look-it-up resource for both students and professionals. The focus is on detailed explanation with clear step-by-step photography used extensively which means that while this book contains the expert techniques aimed squarely at professional jewelers, it is also accessible to students of any level seeking an authoritative and comprehensive bible of their craft.
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Create stunningly intricate jewellery using soutache - a form of ornate braid or tassel. Providing plenty of photographed step-by-step instructions as a guide, Amee K. Sweet-McNamara shows intermediate-to-advanced jewellers the various techniques needed to make bracelets, pins, necklaces and earrings. From a richly hued Shimmering Sea Turtle Pendant to Crystal Coil Earrings and a Day of the Dead Bracelet, these 15 colourful pieces are magnificent.
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Comprehensive and sophisticated in its approach, Metalsmithing for Jewelry Makers is the ultimate reference for jewelry makers of all levels. Exploring a wide range of both precious and non precious metals, traditional methods are examined alongside contemporary styles and adaptations to offer a unique and inspirational insight into the art and craft of jewelry making for todays artisan. Freshly commissioned, full-colour photographs accompany detailed step-by-step tutorials, while comprehensive sidebars detail the relevant considerations for applying each technique to a variety of different metals, with cross-references where applicable. The book is peppered throughout with profiles of contemporary practitioners, providing readers with an understanding of a wide range of different working methods, materials and developing techniques. It also features a variety of inspirational galleries that showcase eye-catching examples of contemporary work, highlighting the stunning effects that can be achieved with each technique.
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Right angle weave and peyote: these are the two immensely popular stitches that beadweaving master Rachel Nelson-Smith turns into gorgeous bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings and brooches. Meant for intermediate - to - advanced level beaders, and featuring detailed illustrations that illuminate Nelson-Smith's design process, her 24 projects dazzle and inspire. Make a City Beads Bracelet, a rainbow-hued Dive Necklace, Orange and Olive Earrings and other jewellery.
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Metalworking is generally regarded as a skill that takes years of dedication, requires a large studio space, and costs a lot of money. Fortunately, Simple Soldering proves that does not need to be the case. This handy how-to guide is complete in its exploration of the craft of creating soldered metal jewelry, including tools, techniques, and 20 beautiful projects that beginners and enthusiasts can make at home. Author and teacher Kate Richbourg demystifies basic soldering for any home crafter, showing how to create sophisticated, polished, and professional-looking jewelry pieces through simple soldering techniques. First, she instructs how to set up a jewelry workspace that fits the confines of your budget and living space. Detailed step-by-step instructions walk you through the basic tools and materials you need, plus how to use them. A sample chapter gives a host of introductory exercises that teach solid skills, allowing you to test these techniques on a small scale. Finally, you'll discover 20 finished projects that include earrings, pendants, rings, bracelets, and clasps that may also include bead or wire embellishment. Kate also demonstrates how to combine and layer techniques to gorgeous effect. She also examines common mistakes, shows how to correct or adapt them, and gives advice on when it's time to start over. Most of all, having taught thousands of classes on soldering, Kate has a "you can do it!" attitude that shines through to help even the most reluctant jewelry maker fire up the torch with ease. Paired with an instructional DVD, Kate's expert teaching skills will help projects come alive, right in your own studio. With Simple Soldering, the art of metal working one-of-a-kind jewelry is now at your fingertips.
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Written by a leading authority on the subject of patination, this book is an inspirational resource, a how-to guide, and a book that jewelers have long been waiting for. It is neatly organized by metal for ease of access and then arranged by colour and other variables such as application method. All recipes are illustrated so you can clearly see the effect you're going to get, and step-by-step sequences walk the beginner through the processes. There are scores of possible effects and many variables: Matthew Runfola chooses the most beautiful and arresting, and selects for inclusion pieces by a range of leading artisans, working on exquisite pieces of jewelry, both large and small. All artists will draw inspiration from the range of work shown here.
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Beautiful bead-woven jewelry that is convertible, reversible, or interchangeable. Delight in a spectrum of 16 bead weaving projects in Bead Metamorphosis. Create beautiful bead-woven earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and brooches-all of which transform by disassembling, reassembling, reversing, or interchanging separate beadwork components. Author Lisa Kan is known for her elegant and feminine bead-woven jewelry design that often features leaves, faceted stones, and other romantic flourishes. Now she applies her trademark style to a jewelry collection featuring peyote, herringbone, right-angle weave, netting, and other bead stitches. See how beaded elements transform from simple to complex by changing the beadwork, changing the colors, or adding layered embellishments. Ideas and inspiration for multiple variations will lead to new metamorphoses, as you create stunning jewelry design with multiple looks.
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Chain maille patterns and weaves that take jewelry design into new frontiers! Jewelry artists will enjoy a collection of new, less-common weaves and challenging projects that inspire and educate. Author Karen Karon begins by reviewing basic chain maille weaves in order to set the stage for the more complex weaves in this book. She explains techniques needed when working beyond the basics: methods for closing a weave, working with micro rings, working large scale, and using alternative materials in weaves. The book is then divided into 4 sections, each devoted to a particular type of weave: new Persian weaves, Elf-based weaves, Hybrid weaves, and Scale Maille weaves that incorporate sheet metal scales into traditional weaves for a striking effect. Sprinkled throughout the illustrated step-by-step instructions for each weave technique are valuable tips from Karen to help ensure a beautiful finished piece.
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Jamie Cloud Eakin is a beading superstar - and in this follow-up to her bestselling Dimensional Bead Embroidery she explains the fundamentals of beautiful design, from picking the beads to choosing a palette. Through 30 gorgeous step-by-step projects especially chosen to show principles of construction, Eakin lays out the secrets of creating fringe, multistrand, shaped and other forms of beadwork. Her goal is to help beaders create their own jewellery built around unique focal pieces, and whether it's the sequence of the steps or the use of a particular technique, you'll find her lessons valuable as you embark on your own design journey.
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Expert Scott David Plumlee shows jewellery makers, beaders and crafters at all skill levels how to create show stopping pieces. This title includes more than 20 wire-wrapping and bead-setting techniques. In this book, chain-mail expert Scott David Plumlee shows jewellery makers, beaders and crafters at all skill levels how to incorporate beads into a variety of chain-mail weaves to create show stopping pieces. First, Plumlee walks readers through basic skills and provides detailed information on traditional chain designs. He then presents more than 20 wire-wrapping and bead-setting techniques that incorporate beads seamlessly into a variety of designs. With step-by-step instructions for assembling age-old chain patterns - from simple to complex - and gorgeous designs that can be executed using only simple hand tools this is sure to inspire jewellery artisans at all levels to expand the creative possibilities of their work.
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Soutache jewellery is widely represented on Etsy and it's a hot trend on beading blogs. Soutache is a decorative braid. Attaching it to a backing and embellishing it with cabochons, crystals, and beads, is a hot, trending technique - and this is the first English-language book dedicated to this fantastic, yet relatively easy craft. Anneta Valious, the world's top soutache designer, describes the entire process, from sewing methods to making straps to finishing, and provides 25 projects that include necklaces, earrings, pendants, bracelets, barrettes and more. It's the perfect guide for beaders, jewellery makers and general crafters eager to expand their repertoire and take their designs to the next level.
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Known for her work in intricate wire wrapping and coiling, Jodi Bombardier takes a slightly different approach in this collection of 20-plus projects. Prompted in part by the ironwork so prevalent in her native Tucson, in this collection Jodi offers her interpretation of wire filigree, the delicate work traditionally made by soldering threads of gold or silver. Jodi fashions her signature heavy gauge wire frames into sinuous shapes, cold-joining them with fine wire to form open, lacy patterns. Jodi focuses on technique, particularly how to create shaped wire frames consistently and precisely. Concentrating on the correct ways to use tools and hold wire, she shows how proper body mechanics can create perfect-looking designs. She discusses the nuts and bolts of filigree design: how to create airy pieces that are still strong and stable enough to withstand daily wear. Projects follow, showing an increasing technicality of assembly, and integrating a greater number of wire pieces as she moves the reader along. Yet while intent on sharpening skills, she also gives inspiration its due. In addition to providing project instructions, Jodi demonstrates how the same scrolled design can be manipulated, joined, or rearranged to offer endless variations with a basic element, offering design possibilities hampered only by the imagination.
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Wire wrapping and soft soldering come together for jewelry-making magic! For too long, solder has been an afterthought in jewelry-making - used only for bezels and connections - but not anymore! In Soldered Alchemy, you'll learn new, creative ways to make solder the starring element of your jewelry. Twenty-four gorgeous projects with detailed photos walk you through the basics of decorative solder, bridging wire with solder, adding copper or vintage patinas and more.
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Metal stamping is one of the hottest trends in metal jewelry. Using purchased metal stamps and sterling silver blanks, you can personalize your metal jewelry designs with words, textures, and creative designs. Lisa Niven Kelly, creator of the online Beaducation workshops and website, specializes in the technique and has been teaching stamping for more than six years to enthusiastic students. Although stamping is a simple technique, the right tools and skills will help you create professional and exciting results. Stamped Metal Jewelry teaches multiple metal stamping and texturing techniques, and the projects incorporate wirework and metalsmithing to create fabulous necklaces, beads, charms, bracelets, cuffs, and earrings. The book opens with an extensive section on stamping, wirework, and metalsmithing tools and techniques. With these skills, you can begin the inspiring jewelry designs with confidence. Nineteen projects cover a variety of techniques and designs such as creating charms, incorporating stamped links into beaded projects, making stamped links from flat wire and wire-wrapping them together, stamping on blanks and layering them, riveting, texturing metal, oxidizing, and more. In addition to Lisa?s projects, the book features contributions by nationally known guest artists Tracy Stanley, Kriss Silva, Lisa Claxton, Kate Richbourg, Janice Berkebile, and Connie Fox.
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Create metal earrings, bracelets, pendants, and necklaces without the use of torches or flames! Exploring Metal Jewelry is your introduction to wire wrapping, rivets, and metal forming-all you need to create jewelry piece you'll love. Jewelry instructor, author, and self-described "low-tech" metalworker Tracy Stanley will guide you through the techniques and tools you need to confidently create your own custom pieces. Then, you'll put your new skills to work with 18 pieces sure to take your jewelry collection to the next level. From the To the Moon and Back Bracelet to Falling Leaf Earrings to the Woven in Time Bangle and the Blossoming Bell Pendant, Stanley will encourage you to explore your inner low-tech artist, finding your own look in each piece you create. The fun of these projects is the journey-you don't have to know exactly how your piece will look at the end. It's all about Exploring Metal Jewelry!
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