44 Designs Using Beads, Wire, Chain, and More (Project Series)
Editors of Bead&Button
November 6, 2012 / ISBN-13: 978-0871164896
How To / Crafts | Series: Project Series
by Linda Morelli
is one of many new releases in
Kalmbach Books Project Series and, like the others I’ve
see thus far, is an excellent source of inspiration. This
particular edition focuses on earrings made using beads, wires,
chain, gemstones and crystals, using some familiar techniques
including wire wrapping. This book offers 44 designs, each
of which features full-color photographs and easy to follow
step-by-step instructions that even a novice with no experience
can follow. Included is a listing of all materials needed
to complete a beautiful earring set sure to make anyone proud.
The ideas are plentiful and stunning, and provide a great
source of inspiration for using new and left-over beads.
The introduction features a discussion of various tools and
materials, including pliers, needles, findings, wire and various
stitching and stringing materials. For beginners, the most
helpful section may be the techniques that discuss various
threads and knots, stitching methods and basic wire wrapping
methods. I especially found the special section regarding
stitching that combines cabochons and beads interesting, as
it shows how to create a stylish and vintage look that I love.
My absolutely favorites are the “Pearl on a Wire”
and the “Love thy Lobes” dangle earrings.
Whether you’re into seed or glass beads, gemstones or
metals, stringing, chain mail or wire working, you’ll
find something of interest in this beautiful edition. Though
in soft cover, the glossy paper quality is excellent, as are
the photos and drawings.
Project: Earrings is a book you’ll refer to
often, as a guide for developing new techniques or a means
of generating creative ideas for making your own distinctive
jewelry. A must have for jewelry designers and anyone who
loves making jewelry. Project: Earrings is a definite