Creative Beaded Jewelry: 33 Exquisite Designs Inspired by the Arts of China, Japan, India and Tibet

Creative Beaded Jewelry: 33 Exquisite Designs Inspired by the Arts of China, Japan, India and Tibet

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by Carolyn Schulz
     
 

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Craft colorful and unique jewelry with this Asian-inspired craft book.

Bracelets embellished with Chinese floral and butterfly motifs, a gold-and-pearl lariat inspired by the fridges of a Persian carpet, and the pupular Shamballa bracelet— these are just a few of the many artful pieces you'll learn to make in this wonderful new book by DIY jewelry

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Craft colorful and unique jewelry with this Asian-inspired craft book.

Bracelets embellished with Chinese floral and butterfly motifs, a gold-and-pearl lariat inspired by the fridges of a Persian carpet, and the pupular Shamballa bracelet— these are just a few of the many artful pieces you'll learn to make in this wonderful new book by DIY jewelry artist Carolyn Schulz. Suitable for novices and experienced jewelry-making experts alike, some of the projects take just a few minutes to complete, and all of them are fun and inexpensive to do. They result in jewelry that looks great and can be worn anywhere!

Most of the 33 jewelry projects in this jewelry making book use materials you can find in any craft store. The simple techniques of working with chain, beading wire, memory wire, stretch/elastic cord, cotton cord and nylon cord are all clearly explained. When combined with creatively chosen beads, they result in beautiful beaded bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings you'll be proud to wear and give to friends.

Each chapter in Creative Beaded Jewelry takes you through the basics of a different stringing method and then sets you on an adventure through the many ways you can use it to create your own personalized designs.

Jewelry techniques include:

  • Wire Strung Jewelry
  • Loop & Chain Jewelry
  • Memory Wire Jewelry
  • Knotted Jewelry
  • Elastic Cord Bracelets
Creative Beaded Jewelry includes stunning color photos and detailed instructions and diagrams to help beaders create their own individualized custom fashion—bracelets, earrings and necklaces. The results are elegant, look complex and expensive—but are not!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/20/2013
Jewelry designer Schulz returns to some of her favorite cultures for inspiration in this how-to book featuring 33 bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. The book has a brief but adequately thorough begin-ning chapter on tools and materials, while good instructions on different techniques are sprinkled where they are needed to complete a project - no flipping back and forth between a design and a how-to. There is much here for the new and intermediate jewelry designer, with detailed and enlightening descriptions of many basic jewelry-making techniques such as knotting, stringing, and wire looping. The written instructions are spare but clear and complete; the instructional drawings are crude but ade-quate; and the photographs are clear, sharp, and inspiring in their detail of color and texture. Another plus: many of the projects can be completed with beads, baubles, and other materials available at chain craft stores like Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts. (Apr.)
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"Creative Beaded Jewelry by Carolyn Schulz explores various ways of designing your own jewelry by using different materials including memory wire, loop and chain, knotted jewelry and more. Each design comes with simple step-by-step instructions along with a list of materials and tools you'll need to recreate the design. [...] Just as I was pondering about taking up a new hobby as I used to love arts and crafts in my younger days, I might just take up jewelry making after all!" —A Shopaholics Den

"Carolyn is the ultimate designer and is committed to teaching her skills and techniques to anyone who wants to learn. She has filled the pages of my magazines with the most wonderful projects that inspire my readers to express their creativity. She is always in tune with the latest trends and interests of the consumer and designs with an expert's overview. Carolyn has a flair for infusing a global influence in her designs because of her interest and experience in the international market. I value her unique talents, and she is at the top of my designer list when I plan any publication."—Julie Stephani, Editor, Stephani Ink; Today's Creative Home Arts; Michaels Create!; Great American Crafts; Crafts 'n Things

"The accessories in this collection are eye-catching, and the projects are very accessible to novice jewelry makers." — Library Journal

"Jewelry designer Schulz returns to some of her favorite cultures for inspiration in this how-to book featuring 33 bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. The book has a brief but adequately thorough beginning chapter on tools and materials, while good instructions on different techniques are sprinkled where they are needed to complete a project - no flipping back and forth between a design and a how-to. There is much here for the new and intermediate jewelry designer, with detailed and enlightening descriptions of many basic jewelry-making techniques such as knotting, stringing, and wire looping. The written instructions are spare but clear and complete; the instructional drawings are crude but adequate; and the photographs are clear, sharp, and inspiring in their detail of color and texture. Another plus: many of the projects can be completed with beads, baubles, and other materials available at chain craft stores like Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts." —Publisher's Weekly

"Creative Beaded Jewelry is a must-have book for jewelry making experts and jewelry novices alike. Detailed instructions and diagrams make it easy for beginning jewelry makers to follow, and consistent jewelry crafters will love the wide range of tutorials and projects found in this book." —AllFreePaperCrafts.com

"Some lucky jewelry designers travel widely to get inspiration for their designs. If you're not one of them, you might enjoy a book like Creative Beaded Jewelry, which features jewelry designs inspired by China, Japan, India, and Tibet [...] Creative Beaded Jewelry offers designs inspired by Asian color, texture, and symbols found on textiles, vases, garments, and other decorative arts." —Halcraft

"Carolyn has captured some truly gorgeous inspirations in the 33 projects, which include plenty of jade, pearls, and floral patterns. If you love the look of Asian art, or just need a great resource for busting your bead stash, Creative Beaded Jewelry will not disappoint." —The Inspirational Beading Blog

"From elastic cord bracelets, memory wire jewelry, to wire strung, knotted, and loop and chain designs, this book features a variety of beginner to intermediate designs for the beading enthusiast. We loved the Red Fossil Coral Chocker, Etched Jade Necklace, and Amethyst Shamballa Bracelet. Simple instructions and great drawn figure art help you achieve beading success." —Craft Ideas Magazine

Library Journal
Veteran crafter Schulz was inspired by Asian culture, color palettes, and surface design in this collection of beaded jewelry. The projects include basic stringing on elastic cord or memory wire, as well as some simple wirework and knotting. The beads are the stars here, rather than the techniques, and sometimes the Asian influence is a bit of a stretch, but the jewelry is pretty nonetheless. Schulz suggests sources for acquiring the beads used in the projects. VERDICT The accessories in this collection are eye-catching, and the projects are very accessible to novice jewelry makers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804843010
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Edition description:
Paperback with Flaps
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
1,493,955
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.32(d)

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Meet the Author

Carolyn Schulz is a freelance crafter, designer and entrepreneur who has over 30 years' experience creating beaded jewelry for the US and UK markets. She has edited three popular magazines, and has authored titles on scrapbooking and wire working. Her website CarolynSchulz.com shares inspiration and techniques for making beautiful pieces in the latest styles and materials.

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