Making Designer Jewelry: Using Gemstones, Crystals, Beads, and Stonesby Tammy Powley
Making Designer Jewelry is an introduction for novice bead weavers and bead stringers, but it is also a resource and refresher course/i>
The availability of beautiful beads in an array of styles and textures and all the incredibly useful tools and accessories means that it is easier than ever for you to create stylish, professional-looking jewelry at home.
Making Designer Jewelry is an introduction for novice bead weavers and bead stringers, but it is also a resource and refresher course that experienced bead weavers can use to make their creations unique. Jewelry makers can break out of their one-style rut and draw inspiration from more than 45 projects, featuring seed beads, gemstones, crystals, pearls, and many others.
Each project includes illustrated how-to techniques, full-color photos, detailed project instructions, and numerous tips and tricks that will ease doubts and inspire creativity.
- All the basics about buying and working with beads, tools, materials, and all components of jewelry design
- More than 45 jewelry-design projects, including earrings, bracelets, necklaces, lariats, chokers, and more
- Step-by-step wire-working instructions for creating all types of findings: jump rings, hooks, clasps, and eye pins
- Easy-to-follow seed bead stitches, including ladder, Comanche, flat peyote, freeform sculptural peyote, and bead embroidery
- Expert beading and stitching tips
Tammy Powley is a jeweler, teacher, and writer. She is a frequent contributor to Jewelry Craft magazine, and the host and manager of About.com's jewelry-making website, for which she writes a regular column. She sells her finished jewelry in specialty shops and galleries. She resides in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
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I just started creating beaded jewelry in Jan. 2009 and needed some instructon. Not finding anyone in my area to teach me I decided to purchase some books and "teach myself". This book covers many basic ideas and has pictures and instructions on creating projects. It covers different types of beads, wire, findings, and instruments needed to create designer jewelry. Plus it contains jewelers tips and design advice. I've purchased other books for the same price and this is by far the best book for the dollar.
My Mom is 80 years old and a jewelry creator...she creates jewelry from the finest beads to ones crafted from paper...a real artist. She truly enjoyed looking through Making Designer Jewelry and has produced some very nice sets. It was full of many ways jewelry could be designed to look expensive and unique.
This book has opened up a whole new world for me. I've made a few pieces and am learning. It's a well done book.
great fun - enough info to get started creating bracelets, necklaces and earings. a little about stringing, a little about wire shapes, some design info. great examples to make. Once you have created a few of the examples, you can branch off into your own pieces.