It's not what you use but how you use it that counts. That's a design philosophy well worth remembering. Using simple techniques, a creative designer can come up with stunning designs with color and pizzazz. The trick is to find and put the right things together using inspirational sources. This book shows how you can do just that.
I received Anne Potter's Global Style Jewelry: Inspiration and Instruction for 25 Exotic Beaded Jewelry Projects from Interweave | F+W Media for review. It is a book I had been eager to have a look at and it didn't disappoint.
The author, who has a healthy dose of travel lust, organized her book like a world tour, covering all five continents. She sometimes included fascinating historical tidbits as well as the descriptions of the different artisans she had encountered during her travels.
Each design is either inspired by a city or country. The author had many great ideas so choosing a sampling for this review was not easy!
The bib style necklace on the front cover is the Incan Quipu necklace (Peru). It was her interpretation of traditional quipus. These knotted strands were the Incan way of accounting.
The Gaudi Tile bracelet below is a resin clay based design inspired by Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain which was designed by famed architect, Antoni Gaudi. He created many mosaic pieces.
|Gaudi Tile Bracelet inspired by Spain|
|Iznik Tile Earrings inspired by Turkey|
The opulent Aspara cuff below also included a wire wrapped crystal chain section. The wire "pin" which linked all the strands together should have been at least 16 G so it doesn't bow as below.
|Apsara Cuff Bracelet inspired by Cambodia|
|Mehndi Hand Bracelet inspired by Gujarat|
|Print Block Earrings inspired by Bagru|
|Frida Kahlo Earrings inspired by Mexico|
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