Explore a rustic approach to making beautiful jewelry with exciting surface effects. Rustic Wrappings is packed with over 24 wire and art bead jewelry projects and reveals the surprisingly artistic effects of applying items such as salt, vinegar, bleach, sawdust, potato chips, or baking soda to your copper, silver, brass and steel wire projects—high-end effects with low-tech techniques. Achieving these innovative effects using household ...
Explore a rustic approach to making beautiful jewelry with exciting surface effects. Rustic Wrappings is packed with over 24 wire and art bead jewelry projects and reveals the surprisingly artistic effects of applying items such as salt, vinegar, bleach, sawdust, potato chips, or baking soda to your copper, silver, brass and steel wire projects—high-end effects with low-tech techniques. Achieving these innovative effects using household products will not only inspire jewelry makers but mixed-media artists as well.
Advance your technique skills when you learn how to use patinas to add rustic, weathered effects, create unique and natural-looking color combinations, and use metal wire to embroider designs on metal jewelry pieces. Beginners will benefit from detailed technique instruction, while skilled designers will enjoy the introduction to more advanced techniques.
With tons of information on customizing effects for unique metal finishes, Rustic Wrappings will teach you to re-imagine your wirework jewelry projects and create fresh designs that showcase your new skill sets.
Jewelry designer Bogert follows up Totally Twisted (2010) with this how-to guide to making bohemian jewelry featuring unusual wire wraps and metal finishing techniques. She offers 25 designs from 10 different designers (including herself), made with beads, wire, metal cut-outs, leather, fiber and other bits and pieces attractive to jewelry magpies. The designs are interesting and refined and look more boutique than craft store. But what's especially notable about this book is the very comprehensive, informative, and approachable front section that lays out the techniques and tools used to make the designs, especially the patina techniques. Who knew potato chips could be jewelry-making tools? Yep! As usual with Interweave, the pictures are both inspirational and informative and will help even the novice crafter understand and execute the techniques required for the projects. Also helpful is a list of sources that will help the reader track down otherwise hard-to-find components used in the designs. Overall, an appealing book that will add to the jewelry hobbyist's repertoire. (Aug.)
In this collection of jewelry designs, Bogert (Totally Twisted) explores metalworking, including patina effects, coiling, and wire embroidery. The projects range from the modern-industrial Analog bracelet to nature-inspired pieces like the Chrysanthemum pendant to the minimalist Luna Unearthed earrings. Each project is accompanied by a full list of tools and techniques used, as well as step-by-step directions with color photographs illustrating key steps. VERDICT It's inspiring to see such a wide variety of jewelry designs from the same designer—it proves the versatility of metalwork can be. Bogert's overview of basic techniques is useful to beginners, and the projects are suitable for metalworkers of all levels.
Kerry Bogert is a jewelry maker with a focus in glass and wire. She is the author of Totally Twisted (Interweave), voted The Best Beading Book in the About.com Reader’s Choice Awards 2011. She has written articles for more than a dozen trade publications and contributed designs to five books, including Wire Style 1 and 2, Chain Style, 101 Wire Earrings (Interweave), and Creative Beading Vol.4. She lives in upstate New York.
Covers basic and specialty tools used in the projects through out the book.
Working with Alternative Metal Wires
Covers details of working with various metal wires, their properties and qualities, and tips for creating desired looks with them.
Copper (including anodized colored copper)
Covers a wide range of techniques that are used in the construction of the projects, and specific techniques needed are referenced at the start of each project.
Chunky wrapped loops
Linking wrapped loops
Forming open and closed spirals
Head pins: easy, shaped, spiral, drawn bead
Fabricating findings: jump rings, clasps (“s”, hook, 2-toggle styles), earwires (fish hook, freeform, french, hoops)
Most wire-workers and beaders are familiar with using liver or sulfur to create an aged patina to their designs. But there are so many other unique color finishes that can be achieved with alternative metals. This section explores those options.
Traditional liver of sulfur patina and prefinished wires
Ammonia and salt-water patina (blue finish)
Vinegar and salt-water patina, aka The Potato Chip Patina! (green finish)
Vinegar and wood chip patina (green finish)
Heat (red finish)
Alcohol inks (multi-colors)
Exploring Rustic Color
This section traverses the ins and outs of creating color combinations with a nature-inspired, rustic feel, while still being creative and modern.
Neutrals, browns, and whites (Earth/Winter)
Hot reds, oranges, and yellow (Fire/Sunsets/Summer)
Blues and greens (Water)
Jewel tones (Fall)
Black, white, ivory, and silver (Wind/Night Sky)
Wire Embroidery Tips & Techniques
Something completely new to wire-workers and an important aspect of this book will be wire embroidery. In this section, readers learn techniques for using wire to embroider on metal, as well as a glossary of basic embroidery stitches.
Sketching the design
Laying out the punches
How to use wire like a needle and thread
Basic embroidery stitches
25 Step-by-Step Projects
Brief bios of the contributing glass artist shown in the projects.
Glossary of Terms