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Earrings VISUAL Project Guide: Step-by-step instructions for 30 gorgeous designs

ISBN: 978-1-118-08344-4
256 pages
November 2012
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30 projects to make one-of-a-kind earrings

Earrings are the cornerstone of any woman's jewelry collection. They are among the most popular jewelry-making projects because they are quick to create and don't require a large investment in materials. From simple hoops and drops to intricate clusters and wireworked pieces, this book has earrings to suit every style.

From the author of the bestselling Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making & Beading, Earrings VISUAL Project Guide includes 30 appealing patterns for a variety of earring styles, plus variations, each one illustrated with step-by-step photos.

  • Features an introductory section covering the tools, materials, and techniques involved in making earrings
  • Includes variations for each project so you can customize earring designs to suit your style
  • Stands apart from the competition by providing step-by-step photos that make it easy to follow along

If you're an advanced beginner to intermediate jewelry maker, you'll be inspired by the unique, beautiful jewelry projects in Earrings VISUAL Project Guide.

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CHAPTER 1 Getting Started 2

Basic Wirework  16

Design Considerations for Earrings  4

Reasons to Make Your Own Earrings  6

Project Tools and Materials  7

CHAPTER 2 Essential Techniques 14

Basic Wirework  16

Wrap Wire  28

Work with Chain  34

Beadwork  36

CHAPTER 3 Make Your Own Ear Wires 40

French Hooks  42

Bracelet-Bender Marquise Wires  49

Bail-Maker Kidney Wires  52

Beading Hoops  58

Drop Hoops  60

CHAPTER 4 Long and Linear 62

Beaded Chain Earrings  64

Clover Kite Earrings  70

Silver Archer Earrings  74

Art Glass Wand Earrings  79

Segmented Rondelle Earrings  83

CHAPTER 5 Embellished Hoops 90

Turquoise Paisley Wraps  92

Mined Gold Mosaic Hoops  97

Lace Edge Loops 104

Stacked Bead Drop Hoops 110

Pearl Flamingo Hoops 119

CHAPTER 6 Boho Inspirations 126

Pins and Leather Earrings 128

Beach Flower Earrings 131

Feather Duster Earrings 135

Ravenwood Earrings 140

Facets and Chains Earrings 145

CHAPTER 7 Rugged Details 152

Bounty Saber Chandeliers 154

Hands of Time Earrings 157

Kyanite Gem Sticks 162

Quarantine Hoops 167

Spiky Scribe Drops 173

CHAPTER 8 Retro Chic Designs 178

Gilded Posies Earrings 180

Pearls and Filigree Earrings 183

Beaded Pinwheel Clip-Ons 189

Hydrangea Clip-Ons 195

Moxy Clusters 199

CHAPTER 9 Sparkle and Glam 208

Empire Crystal Ball Earrings 210

Bejeweled Chain Earrings 213

Medallion Crystal Fringe Earrings 218

Gypsy Princess Drops 222

Zirconia Array Earrings 229

Appendix  234

Index  236

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Chris Franchetti Michaels is a writer and jewelry artisan with a passion for helping others express their creativity. As the Guide to Beadwork on About.com, she posts articles and hosts online discussions about all aspects of bead jewelry making. She is the author of Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making & Beading, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Beadwork, Beading VISUAL Quick Tips, Wire Jewelry Making VISUAL Quick Tips, and More Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making.

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