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Jewelry Making and Beading For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Jewelry Making and Beading For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Heather Dismore

ISBN: 978-1-118-49781-4

Mar 2013

384 pages

Select type: E-Book



Make bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, pins, key chains, and more

Want to make jewelry and gifts from scratch? This new edition of Jewelry Making & Beading For Dummies provides the easy-to-understand information that makes it easy.

  • Updated information on getting started and setting up the necessities of a jewelry maker's workshop
  • New innovative ideas for materials such as making beads from scratch, customizing components like glass pendants, and up-cycling found objects for new creations
  • Updated trends including Victorian, Steampunk, Indian-inspired, and wrap bracelets
  • Advice on how to gain project ideas through websites like Pinterest without infringing on someone's rights
  • New and updated information on setting up a storefront, turning your hobby into a business, and gaining exposure through, blogs, and social media sites
  • From attaching clasps to working with wire to stringing beads, the companion DVD features watch-and-learn episodes that show you step-by-step how to create one-of-a-kind designs using beads, glass, found objects, special mementos, and more

With hundreds of detailed photos—now featured in full-color—Jewelry Making & Beading For Dummies is the ideal resource you'll turn to again and again to create one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and assorted gifts.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Jewelry Making and Beading 5

Chapter 1: An Insider’s Look at Jewelry Making and Beading 7

Chapter 2: Tricks and Tools of the Trade 19

Chapter 3: Making Magic with Beads, Crystals, Pearls, and Stones 43

Chapter 4: Creating Your Jewelbox: Setting Up Your Workshop 71

Part II: Discovering Simple Jewelry-Making Techniques 83

Chapter 5: Uncovering the Simple Secrets of Stringing and Knotting 85

Chapter 6: Winding It Up with Wire Wrapping 109

Chapter 7: Stamping Custom Metal Jewelry 131

Chapter 8: Combining Other Crafts with Jewelry Making  145

Part III: Implementing Design Ideas, Trends, and More  169

Chapter 9: Creating Fun, Funky Jewelry for Everyday Wear  171

Chapter 10: Designing High-End Jewelry 201

Chapter 11: Making Jewelry for Men 221

Chapter 12: Upcycling: Breathing New Life into Scraps and Vintage Pieces 235

Part IV: Building on Your Jewelry-Making Hobby 257

Chapter 13: Decorating with Jewelry and Beads 259

Chapter 14: Making Jewelry with Kids 277

Chapter 15: Hosting a Jewelry-Making Party 297

Chapter 16: Turning Your Hobby into a Business 309

Part V: The Part of Tens 331

Chapter 17: Ten (or So) Online Resources for Materials, Supplies, and More 333

Chapter 18: Ten Common Jewelry-Making Mistakes to Avoid 337

Chapter 19: Ten Great Ways to Make Money Selling Your Creations 341

Index 351