might not seem the most obvious material for making jewelry,
but it is currently enjoying popularity. Looking at this book
is it easy to see why and how it can be made into impressive
pieces to match anything in your wardrobe.
Leather thonging, flat and round cords plus offcuts combine
with beads and findings to great effect in this book. Just
looking at the items on the cover made me instantly want to
get started and if you already make even simple strung jewerly
you will have almost everything you need. After a brief look
at what you need and the types of leather materials used in
the book there is a section on the basic techniques. Again,
these are simple including braiding, knotting, some basic
macramé, attaching findings, etc with more complex
techniques found later on in the relevant projects. This book
has some excellent staged photographs so it is easy even for
beginners to achieve good results with a bit of practice.
The projects themselves are arranged in sections of varying
complexity from basics through to weaving, macramé
and mixed methods. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pendants
are all featured, including the latest trends for wrapped
bracelets, cuffs and simple knots in place of clasps. Each
project has a photograph of the finished piece along with
staged photographic instructions plus a handy list of materials
with their photos shown too. This feature is great for anybody
new to jewelry making who is not sure what something would
look like, and for choosing the right items for the look shown.
There is also a short section on designing your own work and
choosing materials, getting even a beginner to think about
whom the piece is for, where it will be worn, what with, etc.
This is a great book on a new style of jewelry that is sure
to have anybody who uses it achieving some impressive results.
If you cannot find a good range of leathercraft and jewelry
making materials locally try www.searchpress.com
for a list of suppliers.