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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making and Beading

ISBN: 978-0-470-10150-6
304 pages
October 2007
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You've probably coveted jewelry you've seen in artsy boutiques and fashion magazines or envied friends who have the perfect bling to accent everything. With this book, you'll learn to craft designs that are chic but inexpensive. With hundreds of detailed photos, this book covers tools and supplies, bead stringing and weaving, wire wrapping, and more. Terrific projects will get you started and inspire you to create your own jewelry and beadwork designs.

Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review

  • Each skill or technique is defined and described
  • Detailed color photos demonstrate each step

  • Step-by-step instructions accompany each photo

  • Helpful tips provide additional guidance

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Jewelry Making and Beading.

Become a Jewelry Artisan.

Beads and Beading Supplies.

Wire and Wirework Supplies.

Macramé Knotting and Braiding Supplies.

Jewelry Findings.

Chapter 2: The Art of Design.

Color Harmony.

Weight, Texture, and Proportion.

Motif and Pattern.

Keep Track of Ideas.

Chapter 3: Basic Bead Stringing Techniques.

Lay Out a Design.

Select a Stringing Material.

Select a Finishing Method.

String and Finish Beading Wire.

String and Finish Beading Cord.

String and Finish Beading Thread.

String and Finish Memory Wire.

Chapter 4: More Advanced Bead Stringing Techniques.

String Multiple Strands.

Knot Between Beads.

Create Beaded Lace, Drops, Fringe, and Tassels.

Use Beads or Buttons in Place of Findings.

Chapter 5: Bead Weaving.

Bead Weaving Patterns.

Select Beads, Thread, and Needle.

Work with Beading Thread for Bead Weaving.

Weave the Basic Off-Loom Stitches.

Weave on a Loom.

Common Finishing Techniques.

Chapter 6: Basic Wirework.

Select Your Wire.

Wirework Safety.

Make Jump Rings, Eye Pins, and Head Pins.

Create Wire-and-Bead Drops and Links.

Make Wire Hook Clasps.

Assemble Some Basic Wire Chains.

Chapter 7: More Advanced Wirework Techniques.

Make a Wrapped Briolette Drop.

Use Double Wire.

Wrap Beads Within a Framework.

Create More Wire Clasps.

Construct Elaborate Wire Chain.

Make a Wire Finger Ring.

Chapter 8: Using a Wire Jig.

Basic Technique.

Make Wire Connectors.

Form Ear Wires.

Wire Jig Patterns.

Chapter 9: Macramé Knotting and Beading.

Cord Terminology.

Set Up a Knotting Board.

Learn the Basic Macramé Knots.

Add Beads Between Macramé Knots.

Braid Cords Together.

Chapter 10: Easy Projects.

Funky Beaded Stretch Bracelet Set.

Hill Tribe Silver and Gemstone Necklace.

Memory Wire and Crystal Heart Finger Ring.

Beaded Square Knot Hemp Bracelet.

Cosmic Crystal Drop Earrings.

Men’s Rugged Leather and Bead Necklace.

Celtic Wirework Charm Bracelet.

Even-Count Flat Peyote Stitch Finger Ring.

Dancing Bell Daisy Chain Bookmark.

Chapter 11: Intermediate Projects.

Multi-Strand Tin Cup Anklet.

Beaded Multi-Knot Hemp Choker.

Briolette Pendant Ribbon Necklace.

Gothic Bead Lace Collar Necklace.

Cherry Blossom Loomwork Bracelet.

Byzantine and Turquoise Drop Earrings.

Wirework Bead Cuff Bracelet.

Modern Square Stitch Table Mat.

Beaded Framework Link Bracelet.

Four-Strand Braided Leather Bracelet.

Chapter 12: Expanding Your Horizons.

Choose a Specialized Path.

Find Advanced Help and Training.

Turn Your Hobby into a Business.

Appendix: Reference Materials.


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Author Information

Chris Franchetti Michaels is a writer and jewelry artisan specializing in beaded designs, wirework, and metal fabrication. She has written extensively about jewelry and jewelry making on the Internet since 2003, and she is the author of Beading VISUAL Quick Tips, Wire Jewelry VISUAL Quick Tips, and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Beadwork. Chris has also appeared on several episodes of the DIY Network television show Jewelry Making, and her designs have been featured in popular jewelry project books. Visit her website BeadJewelry.net for more help and inspiration.
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