Making Colorful Wire and Beaded Jewelry: 35 Fabulous Designs

Overview

Highlighting the flexibility and fun of working with wire, these original designs twist, spiral, and wrap their way through necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Using only a few simple tools, a spool of wire, and a sprinkling of beads, aspiring jewelry designers can create adornments from metallic or colored wire. Projects are easy to adapt to taste and level of expertise, and wire-working techniques build up from simple to stunning, inspiring beginners and old hands alike. There are smart and sophisticated gold and ...

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Overview

Highlighting the flexibility and fun of working with wire, these original designs twist, spiral, and wrap their way through necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Using only a few simple tools, a spool of wire, and a sprinkling of beads, aspiring jewelry designers can create adornments from metallic or colored wire. Projects are easy to adapt to taste and level of expertise, and wire-working techniques build up from simple to stunning, inspiring beginners and old hands alike. There are smart and sophisticated gold and silver wire designs, such as the Waterfall Chain necklace, as well as more casual designs made with colored wire, funky beads, and tiny seashells, including the Belly Dancer Bracelet or Exotic Charm Necklace. With sections on styles and further variations, this is a guide for anyone who wants to add some shine to their repertoire.

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Editorial Reviews

Bella Online Guide to Jewelry Making
Very colorful, striking projects in this book and several designs which made me think, Wow, that's a really good idea!
About.com Guide to Jewelry Making
A new twist on an old technique.
BellaOnline.com
Very colorful, striking projects in this book and several designs which made me think, Wow, that's a really good idea!
About.com
A new twist on an old technique.
Bead Society of New Jersey newsletter
Linda Jones' book is ideal for beginners to wire jewelry making.
Library Journal
Wire jewelry making is very popular with beaders and other crafters because it requires only a few tools and minimal practice to produce attractive pieces. These three books utilize numerous bead types and offer step-by-step projects for making earrings, necklaces, and brooches. While all feature color illustrations of the finished pieces, fiber artist Hettmansperger's Fabulous Woven and wire jewelry workshop instructor Jones's Making Colorful provide color photos of individual steps. Additionally, Hettmansperger's book shows how to use fiber and basketry materials and techniques to create embellished pouch pendants with a primitive, ethnic flavor. All three books would make prudent additions to public library craft collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596680142
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,141,322
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Jones teaches wire jewelry workshops and is the author of Creating Wire and Beaded Jewelry.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Chapter 1 Tools and Techniques 8
Tools 10
Materials 12
Basic techniques 14
Chapter 2 Rings and Things 20
Squiggle ring 22
Framed-bead key ring 26
Curly-wurly brooch 30
Scarf ring 34
Chapter 3 Decorative Chain Making 38
Bubble-chain bracelet 40
Eyeglasses chain 44
Looped bead earrings 47
Stick-twist chain 50
Daisy chain bracelet 54
Chapter 4 Chokers and Necklaces 58
Spiral choker 60
Vintage choker 64
Waterfall chain necklace 68
Beaded cross 72
Chapter 5 Seasonal Styles 76
Springtime spiral necklace 78
Summer seashell necklace 82
Falling leaves necklace 86
Winter frost necklace 90
Chapter 6 Charm Designs 94
Hieroglyphic charm necklace 96
Belly dancer's bracelet 100
Cascade ring 102
Bead charm necklace 104
Chapter 7 Classic Jewelry 108
Indian spice necklace 110
Far Eastern promise 114
African dream 118
Aztec tree of life necklace 122
Glossary 126
Suppliers 126
Index 128
Acknowledgments 128
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