Erica Swanson, Editor
September 29, 2015 / ISBN 9781627001335
Crafts & Hobbies/Jewelry & Beadwork
by Linda Morelli
the how-to books released by Kalmbach. They provide the latest
ideas and trends in jewelry design, and Fast & Easy Earrings
is no exception. Erica Swanson has compiled some of the best
designs for accessorizing your look, from talented contributors
whose designs incorporate glass and gemstone beads, as well
as various findings that serve to make each design stand out
from the crowd. The book includes an introduction of basic
materials, techniques, tools, crystals, glass, metal and wire,
stones, pearls and mixed materials.
The most striking designs, in my mind, are the "Emerald
Dangles" using beautiful green crystal. "Rondelles,"
with innovative use of findings and rondelles; "Sparling
Mesh Teardrops" incorporating mesh with bicone crystals;
"Mad for Retro Style;" the quite lovely "Beaded
Braids;" and unique "Flared Flowers." Chandelier
designs, steampunk, evening sparkles, hoops and layered are
included, and each entry has a "Design Option" to
give the reader additional ideas to spark creativity and create
I could never mention all the fantastic jewelry designers
who contributed to this collection, but rest assured each
has provided a bountiful source of inspiration. The step-by-step
instructions and beautiful color photos make construction
easy, and the finished products are stunning. Each entry has
inspired and led me to try new techniques, with outstanding
results. The book is designed for both novice and expert alike.
Naturally, I have my favorite designs and plan to get to work,
so excited am I by this excellent resource.
Whether you're a novice or professional, Fast & Easy
Earrings will please and arouse your creative juices,
while keeping you up-to-date on the latest fashion trends.
It's definitely part of my "go to" library for inspiration.