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Chains Chains Chains: 25 Necklaces, Bracelets & Earrings

Chains Chains Chains: 25 Necklaces, Bracelets & Earrings

by Joanna Gollberg, Nathalie Mornu

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This is the best book available on making fabulous jewelry chains. Chains can unchain a jeweler's creativity! These 25 non-traditional designs showcase an array of metals in dazzling combinations of sterling silver, gold, copper, aluminum, brass and bronze--along with a range of finishes and textures. From shimmering delicate silver teardrops to mixed-metal


This is the best book available on making fabulous jewelry chains. Chains can unchain a jeweler's creativity! These 25 non-traditional designs showcase an array of metals in dazzling combinations of sterling silver, gold, copper, aluminum, brass and bronze--along with a range of finishes and textures. From shimmering delicate silver teardrops to mixed-metal boxes that hold caged pearls, these dramatic necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are absolute showstoppers--joys to make and wear.

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"I know some of you out there have been playing around with soldering, and this is right up your alley. Joanna Gollberg and Nathalie Mornu, talented duo, have put together 25 necklaces, bracelets, and earrings designs using handmade chain in Chains Chains Chains. I have to admit, it's very inspiring! What better way to spice up your handmade jewelry designs than to include chain that you made from scratch! I love the contemporary designs in the book. And really so many of the chains are lovely as jewelry by themselves with no other components. The technique section in the back shows great step-by-step photos." --Lorelei Eurto
"This is a wonderful compilation of 25 customizable chain projects from 22 leading jewelry designers. Each project has a fun and funky name for the chain, easy-to-follow instructions, and corresponding photos. And these are not your normal, everyday chains. They are extremely innovative, and once made, ready to be worn one at a time, several at a time, and adorned with charms and fun findings around your neck or wrist or dangled on earrings. Some of the pieces inside include the Cumulus, which resembles a chain of linked clouds; Flock, a set of earrings with dangling sheet-metal birds; and Cages, where you will literally create mini, linked wire-wrapped cages. You will also learn various techniques to apply and practice in each project, like soldering, piercing and sawing, dapping, coloring metal, and pickling. This is your ultimate go-to guide for any piece that begins as, or is simply, a beautiful length of chain." --Belle Armoire Jewelry, Winter 2012 issue
"Stunning projects ... sometimes I cannot believe to what heights artists and artisans can fly. They will absolutely charm you, inspire you, and encourage your own passion for creating. I cannot recommend this book more highly. It is (a) carefully crafted, stunning, informative, watershed book." - Jean Yates

"Amazing ... such a beautiful book. I am always on the lookout for books about chains, (and) I was finally happy to see a book that had all I was looking for. Each project has a different style and use of material where you can create not only chains but bracelets and earrings. The versatility of the projects has something for everybody, you can either find a very simple and elegant design or a very chunky and fun project. Chains Chains Chains is a very complete book where you can find amazing inspiration and all the information you need to start working and creating your own chains. What are you waiting for?" --Lorena Angulo

"You'll like this book if you like soldering; you're looking for unusual chain designs; you're curious about other ways to make chain without using wire; you're most interested in making chain for necklaces; you want to know the science behind the techniques; you want a nice basic section of metalworking techniques; (and) you want a list of songs with the words "chain" or "link" in them. This book will inspire you to think about chain in new ways." --Michelle Mach

"One of the most unique and clever jewelry making books that I’ve seen hit the bookshelves in a while ... a variety of jewelry that is not only innovative and stylish but also wearable from day to night. This book definitely delivers with easy to follow, comprehensively written instructions accompanied by clear detailed photographs. The experienced jewelry metal worker will want to jump right into the projects that start right at the beginning of the book. For those of you who are new to this medium, turn to page 91 for a detailed explanation of the basics you need to get started. The techniques range from cleaning metal, transferring designs with graphite transfer paper, piercing and sawing, filing, dapping, wire riveting, bending, shaping, melting, and making jump rings. The section on soldering covers options for torches and other supplies as well as stick and pick up soldering. This 144-page softcover book is a must have for anyone interested in creating beautiful chain jewelry and is sure to inspire jewelry makers of all experience levels." --Sue Bleiweiss
"I am in love with this book. The chains are stars of the show, not supporting cast. Some of the projects are amazingly inventive and imaginative. The book also has a wealth of technical information to help you develop your skills where needed, plus an amazing gallery section to get your creative juices going." - Charlene Sevier

"Combine cloud- or bird-shaped links, tiles of textured copper metal clay, clusters of balled wire, silver ovals, gold rectangles and more to create 25 bold and innovative metal and wire jewelry designs." -- Crafter's Choice

"If you think statement pieces of jewelry are only the kind with pendants, dangles, and charms, think again. Chains Chains Chains presents 25 gorgeous art jewlery projects that are created with the basic chain. The designs are so unexpected and so unconventional that our concept of what a chain can be is redefined. Whether you work with sterling silver, gold, copper, steel, brass or bronze, Chains Chains Chains shows off the endless ways in which you can create chain-based jewelry pieces that are simple yet complex, ordinary yet spectacular." --CRESCENDOh blog

“I do love me some chain! This book covers chain creations in depth and will give you a lot of food for creative thought. You'll learn how to make 25 distinctive chains using simple soldering. riveting, and wire techniques. There is a how-to in the back of the book, but this book is more for the intermediate to advanced designer. However, the techniques used to create these chains are not out of reach, so don't let that stop you from learning a new skill! This is TRULY a unique book. I love it!” --Lori Anderson, Pretty Things blog


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Lark Crafts
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7.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Gollberg is a full time studio jeweler in Asheville, North Carolina. She has written four books on making metal jewelry and home decor: The Ultimate Jeweler's Guide, Making Metal Jewelry, Creative Metal Crafts, and The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry, all published by Lark Books. She is a frequent contributor to Lapidary Journal and Art Jewelry and a jewelry instructor at Penland School of Crafts, the John C. Campbell Folk School, and Arrowmont School of Crafts. Her website is www.joannagollberg.com.

Nathalie Mornu is an editor for Lark Jewelry & Beading and author several books, including A Is for Apron, Quilt It with Wool, and Leather Jewelry. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

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