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Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry: Techniques for Creating Dimensional Necklaces and Bracelets
     

Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry: Techniques for Creating Dimensional Necklaces and Bracelets

by Scott David Plumlee, Holly Mcdade (Photographer)
 

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Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry shows how to create beautiful, dimensional silver, copper, and brass chains using simple tools. The main style is based on the elegant, classical Byzantine pattern, and uses the Golden Ratio to determine the circumference of a chain’s interlocking rings based on the thickness of the wire. Illustrated step-by-step

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Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry shows how to create beautiful, dimensional silver, copper, and brass chains using simple tools. The main style is based on the elegant, classical Byzantine pattern, and uses the Golden Ratio to determine the circumference of a chain’s interlocking rings based on the thickness of the wire. Illustrated step-by-step directions show how to calculate the circumference of the rings, how to wrap wire into coils, how to cut, and finally, how to assemble the chain. Starting from the basic Byzantine, new chain makers can then progress to increasingly Byzantine variations, including linear, knot, crown, and combination chains. Incorporating beads and charms offers endless possibilities for crafters who will soon, surely, be locked up in chains!

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Library Journal
Jump rings by the hundreds are the basis of the projects in both these books. Plumlee is an expert on ancient chain design whose projects for necklaces and bracelets are based on classic Byzantine chain design with added embellishments. Taylor and White's book is a collection of projects by several artists inspired by the techniques of medieval chain mail armor. All are quite elegant and contemporary and require little more equipment than pliers and infinite patience. Both books are recommended for public library crafts collections. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823022991
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,294,736
Product dimensions:
10.28(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.37(d)

Meet the Author

Scott David Plumlee has led more than 140 workshops on chain jewelry at crafts venues nationwide since 2001. His work has been featured in Bead&Button and Art Jewelry magazines. He is an authority on ancient chain designs, has created more than sixty unique chain designs based on mathematical formulas. His chain-making workshops have been presented throughout Washington State. He now lives in Manhattan, Kansas.

www.davidchain.com

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