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Project: Earrings
44 Designs Using Beads, Wire, Chain, and More (Project Series)
Editors of Bead&Button magazine

Kalmbach Books
November 6, 2012 / ISBN-13: 978-0871164896
How To / Crafts | Series: Project Series

Reviewed by Linda Morelli

Project: Earrings 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 keeper.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2013