Wild Jewellery: Materials, Techniques, Inspiration

Create your own stunning pieces of contemporary jewellery from materials found in the wild. Expert advice on how to identify and select different raw materials and where to find them is accompanied by full colour step by step instructions on all the tools and techniques you need to transform your finds into wearable art.

Simple in their execution, the techniques include crocheting various found materials, working with silver wire and setting small objects in polymer clay or epoxy resin. Each method can be adapted to make literally hundreds of different pieces – rings, bracelets, brooches, tiaras and necklaces – using all manner of wild objects. Providing a wealth of choice for the aspirational ‘wild’ jewellery designer, the results are original and striking, from resin-inlay twig beads to a crocheted-wire stone setting and a hose-clip ring shank.

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Little Book of Beaded Crusts and Tassels

Bead crusting is covering an object with a sewn layer of a selected bead mix until it is either covered completely or decorated in a specific area. The technique results in a highly decorative effect – no counting of beads is involved, and no glue. In many cases the beads do not need to be attached individually and can be sewn onto the desired object in multiples, allowing you to cover an area quite quickly. The instructions for the crusted items show a variety of crusting options. All the tassels are based on a basic beaded tassel construction method?only the beaded drops and the tassel tops vary from the basic tassel. Several versions require minimal counting of beads for the drops, or the repetition of a simple pattern, but generally their construction remains the same. Once the tassel-drop construction techniques are understood, it is possible to vary them to create even more tassels in many different ways. Colour photographs, instructional illustrations and text lead you step-by-step to help you create beautiful decorative items that are quick, easy and lots of fun.

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Jewellery-Making Basics

This practical easy-to-use book allows you to start making wonderful necklaces, bracelets, brooches, rings, earrings, and more, even if you have never so much as picked up a pair of pliers before. Large, clear photographs guide you every step of the way, from setting up your workspace and transferring designs to basic filing, sawing, and soldering skills. Additional diagrams give clarity to tricky stages, and there are also examples of what can go wrong and how to fix it. Techniques are interspersed with practical projects so that you can create beautiful items of jewellery as you learn, from simple silver rings to elegant stone-set pendants. Includes advice on practicing using inexpensive materials, and tips on designing you own unique pieces.

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Exotic Beads: 45 Distinctive Beaded Jewellery Designs

45 exciting projects from around the world. Items to make include necklaces, chokers, earrings and bracelets. Projects range from simple ideas for beginners, to intricate and inspirational designs for more experienced bead workers. Basic techniques and clearly annotated colour photographs show how to create each piece.

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Decorative Beading: Lampshades, Tassels, Scarves, Brooches and More Delightful Projects to Make

Beth Bulluss has presented us with a collection of stunning beaded lampshades, beaded bags, beaded combs, bookmarks and scarves. The diverse applications of beaded fringing are illustrated through a variety of projects worked with in this fabulous title.

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Beadopedia: The Only Beading Reference You’ll Ever Need

Beadopedia is a concise yet comprehensive guide to all things related to the craft of beading. Covering the basics, intermediate, and more advanced beading techniques, Beadopedia will give you the know-how you need to create jewelry and accessories you’ll love to make and wear. With step-by-step instructions and clear images it will help you easily pick up new techniques, or master any that you’re less confident at. Beadopedia is comprised of the latest and most popular beading techniques out there, including macrame, soutache, wire crochet, and many simpler techniques, like how to tie a double knot on elastic.

Making your own jewellery and accessories can seem a bit daunting when you first start out, with such a vast array of beads, findings, tools, and beading-related terminology. This compendium will simplify all of this, with clear instructions and useful descriptions, to use as an invaluable reference as you work through your beading designs.

There is something here for everyone, from projects to attempt when you are just starting out, to ones for those who have already done a bit of beadwork and want to give something new a try, while learning new techniques. The 25 inspiring and fresh design projects, from beginners to advanced, are presented with clear step-by-step instructions, accompanied by close-up photos. By working your way through the techniques and projects in Beadopedia, you will be well on your way to creating your own beautiful jewellery. It will provide you with the knowledge and confidence you’ll need to experiment with new ideas and will be useful to refer back to as you work on new designs.

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Beading: Learn it. Love it.

If you can’t get to a beading class or workshop close to home or work, then this skill-building book is the next best thing. For the beginner and the improver, it’s a passport to successful learning.

Features include: Hundreds of detailed how-to photographs, carefully annotated so it is easy for you to see what you should be looking at. Guest designers sharing some of their favourite patterns. ‘Quick-start’ projects for beginners who are impatient to try out their skills on projects that don’t need much in the way of materials or time. Really useful lists sprinkled throughout the pages, for readers who want to quickly understand the essentials. Beader’s clinics: ‘Doctor’ Jean solves her students’ beading dilemmas.

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Beading Basics: All You Need to Know to Create Beautiful Beaded Accessories

Take the hard work out of beadwork and make beautifully embellished jewellery and accessories. This easy-to-use book reveals everything you need to know to get started straight away in this rewarding and adaptable craft.

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350 Jewellery Making Tips, Techniques & Trade Secrets

This book packs in the combined wisdom of two writer-educators who are consummate problem solvers when it comes to jewellery making. Together they show the reader how to fix common problems, try out new creative techniques, get more skilled at familiar methods, improvise tools and discover ways to save money, such as recycling gold and other precious metal scraps. From beading to setting a stone, understanding annealing to soldering your own silver chain, you can riffle through the book, experimenting with new innovations to create your unique jewellery designs. Packed with over 200 expert fixes, insider tips, and tricks of the trade, content is arranged by topic to enable any jewellery maker to achieve a striking and professional look to their earrings, necklaces, rings, and more. A must have for anyone who makes their own jewellery, whether at beginner or intermediate level.

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75 Chinese,Celtic & Ornamental Knots for Jewellery

Jewellery makers will learn how to tie decorative knots from across the world with this stylish directory. Clear diagrams are teamed with step-by-step instructions to make tying 75 different knots simple. And each knot is graded so even complete beginners can get started straight away. 10 projects will inspire readers to create beautiful and original jewellery. Combine ornamental knots with beads for a modern look, or choose a more traditional style with entirely knot built pieces. With detailed material lists and photography of finished items, this book is the complete guide to a unique style. Also, containing a comprehensive techniques section, 75 Chinese, Celtic and Ornamental Knots for Jewellery shows how to use jump rings and seal cords correctly. This practical know how will be invaluable as readers progress to designing and creating their own knotted jewellery.

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