Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry: Everything the Beginner Needs to Know

Overview

Every beader knows the seductive pleasures of the bead shop. And once you've got your purchases home: what then?

-How do you put it all together to create a beautiful piece?

-What shapes fit?

-Will crystal work well with wood?

-Malachite with metallic?

-Can you set luster against luster, or will luster against matte work better?

-How many spacers between state beads?

-Should your design be symmetrical?

-And what about the rhythm of the piece?

-Will it sit still or shift and sway?

-Do you want glam or boho?

-Drama...

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Overview

Every beader knows the seductive pleasures of the bead shop. And once you've got your purchases home: what then?

-How do you put it all together to create a beautiful piece?

-What shapes fit?

-Will crystal work well with wood?

-Malachite with metallic?

-Can you set luster against luster, or will luster against matte work better?

-How many spacers between state beads?

-Should your design be symmetrical?

-And what about the rhythm of the piece?

-Will it sit still or shift and sway?

-Do you want glam or boho?

-Drama or harmony?

-Big clasp or small clasp?

 

Designing Bead and Wire Jewelry answers all of these questions, and many others that bead jewelry designers are likely to encounter. It is the must-have guide to the key design principles for beautiful beaded jewelry. And what's more, the book lets you test all this out with 20 wonderful patterns and projects.

 

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an abolutely wonderful book for any beginner who needs to learn the basics, or for the seasoned beader who wants to learn a few extra tricks. Beginners, you're in able hands. Renata has been a teacher for over 20 years, and it shows: the bounty of information (such as how to use a color wheel and how to sketch and plan your designs, and very thorough technique instructions) that she supplies makes this book an invaluable resource!" —-Bead Design Studio

 

"Jewelry-making books for absolute beginners are difficult to come by; Graham's expert approach makes this one a handy addition to library collections." —-Library Journal

Library Journal
Graham, who has taught beginning jewelry making for 20 years, here shares her knowledge of jewelry design and technique. All of the basics are covered, including selecting the right materials, choosing the best project for the recipient, finding inspiration, and purchasing and storing beads, tools, and other components. The projects are similar to projects taught in beginning jewelry-making classes—simple bracelets, earrings, and necklaces that are customizable based on the wearer's tastes. Jewelry-making books for absolute beginners are difficult to come by; Graham's expert approach makes this one a handy addition to library collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312591373
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 958,464
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

RENATA GRAHAM is a qualified teacher and a professional jewelry maker specializing in bead jewelry. She has taught both in the U.K. and abroad for over 20 years. She also runs a successful jewelry course business, teaching several hundred beginners and improvers every year how to design and make their own beautiful bead creations. In addition to teaching, Renata also makes and sells over 400 pieces of jewelry a year.

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