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Leather and Bead Jewelry
Cat Horn

Search Press
29 January 2016 / ISBN-13: 9781782213871
How-To Books/Jewelry Making

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Leather 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 for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016