Many beginners start off with stringing. But by adding two more popular techniques like wire work and stitching beads, the design diversity will increase. Often little tricks will make the difference between ordinary looking jewelry and stylish pieces.
The cover design of the book Stylish Jewelry Made Simple which I just received for review, is an excellent example of simple yet effective creativity. The right angle weave of long Lucite cylindrical beads with a hourglass bead and a go-go pendant for the clasp is very clever!
The 45 project book is filled with the designs curated from the previous year's issues of Bead Style magazine. It is a steal at $22! This book is also spiral bound. Making it lie flat when opened is rather handy. Another difference is the way the projects are divided into color categories - reds, greens, blues, pinks and neutrals - rather than by technique. This makes visual sense but from a design point of view, other color choices will also work for any given design. The last two chapters are devoted to metals and mixed media.
This book is ideal for beginners and for those suffering from a design block. It is a great help for those who crave style without having to sweat it.
Before You Go:
- Book Review - Jewelry Projects from a Beading Insider
- Book Review - More Jewelry Making : Techniques to Take Your Projects to the Next Level
- Book Review - Stylish Jewelry Your Way
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