you think that making your own jewelry is a complicated, time
consuming hobby, then a look at this book will put you right.
With the wide range of components today and a bit of know-how
and imagination, you can make quick and easy pieces to complement
your outfits and give as gifts.
This book hits the ground running, getting straight into the
projects after a brief introduction and a two-page spread
showing thumbnails of all the pieces. There are sixty of these,
comprising earrings, necklaces, bracelets, bangles, rings,
brooches and even a watch strap. They are grouped according
to difficulty, starting off with the basic ones and getting
more advanced. The style is a fun and eclectic mix of the
new and vintage, and many projects involve taking something
ordinary and giving it a twist. Gold paint transforms a rather
dull bangle, while another is wrapped with thread, beads are
wrapped with cloth or dyed, findings are customized with embroidery,
or unusual items and chains are sliced and diced. At the back
is a section on the equipment you need, plus techniques of
both jewelry making and embroidery as well as a list of suppliers
from Etsy. This has been put at the back so as to leave the
more advanced skills until later, and it is there when you
need it. At the start of each section there is a list of the
projects and a page showing them all made up with a key identifying
them, a useful touch. This book shows that jewelry making
is fun, modern and something you don't need a lot of skills
or money to do, and it would make an ideal starting point
for a new hobby.
If you cannot find a good range of origami materials locally
for a list of suppliers.