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Fast & Easy Earrings
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Erica Swanson, Editor

Kalmbach Books
September 29, 2015 / ISBN 9781627001335
Crafts & Hobbies/Jewelry & Beadwork

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


I love 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 original designs.

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.

Reviewed 2015