Monday, August 6, 2012

Inspirational Soutache Jewelry and Tutorials

Sometime ago, I featured some awesome Russian soutache jewelry artisans which wowed many of us.  So if you'd like to see more, the designs by Astrid Art of Poland are just superb.

She is an accomplished artisan who can make all sorts of jewelry including some lovely contemporary style metal work. You can see a lot more of her work on her blog. It's in Polish but a picture, as they say, is worth a thousand words! It is amazing to see how she uses the soutache braid, cabochons and beads in swirling designs.

Check out her video :

If you are enchanted by soutache jewlery and want to learn, here are some tutorials to get you started on soutache jewelry. The back of the pieces have to be very neatly finished .

First up is a well illustrated soutache tutorial by Oceanie Creations. It is in French so if you need the written instructions just copy over the URL to Google Translate.

Google Translate couldn't do much about Annetta Valious' beautiful bracelet tutorial but even if you couldn't read the French, you would still be delighted with the pictures which show how she puts together a complex design.

Mariana Kirkpatrick's video tutorial for soutache earrings is also helpful.

Before You Go:
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Willi said...

Love these designs. I first saw soutache jewelery on the cover of Bead & Button a few months ago. I had a difficult time finding the braid in local fabric stores. Most employees didn't even know what soutache was!

Pearl Blay said...

Looks like you're going to have to explore fabric stores in bigger cities or go online. Perhaps it is easier to get them in Europe since this art form originates there.

Almost Precious said...

I'm bookmarking this post. Want to explore this more thoroughly when I return from Jacksonville. Have longed to learn how to make jewelry using Soutache trim and cording.
Well off to toss in a load of laundry and start packing for our short trip (sometimes those short 2 or 3 day trips are just as much work as the longer ones). :)

Pearl Blay said...

Hope you'll have better luck getting hold of soutache braid! Happy mini-vacation!

Saturday Sequins said...

I've always wondered how beautiful soutache piece were created. Thanks for sharing these tutorials, Pearl! They also have me a chance to practice reading in French. :)

I noticed the use of sequins in some of the pieces you showed here. That's yet another use I can add to my Sequinspiration post!!

April Dawn Bell said...

WOW, that soutache is gorgeous. I have too many different things that I do and attempt to do that I'm gonna leave this one alone. But still, thanks for this because it's beautiful and inspiring.

Anonymous said...

I want to find manufacturers (not suppliers)of soutache. Any suggestions?

Pearl Blay said...

I googled and came up with this company -

They do make soutache under their specialty category.

Hope this helps.

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