Small Beads, Big Jewellery: 30 Unique Pieces to Make

Small Beads, Big Jewellery: 30 Unique Pieces to Make

By: Jean Power (author)Paperback

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Description

How to make bold, contemporary, multi-dimensional fashion jewellery using simple beadweaving techniques. A book created especially for those who want to put zing into their beading projects, this wonderful compendium of modern pieces offers the beader a chance to do something a little bit different. Created by Jean Power, whose Compendium of Beading Techniques has become a bible for anyone seeking the inside skinny on the technical aspects of beading. Neatly organised by the technique used in making the piece, there are some simple projects for the beginner beader and more complicated designs that will richly reward more ambitious beaders. What these projects have in common is that they are quirky, different, and undoubtedly distinguished. Includes easy-to-follow diagrams and corresponding photographs, and plenty of alternative colourways.

About Author

Jean Power is a professional, award-winning beading and jewelry designer, writer and teacher. Born and brought up in London, she grew up with a love of crafts and art and devotes as much time as possible to writing, teaching and beading. Jean's beading and jewelry designs have been published in numerous magazines and books around the world, including Bead & Button, Beadwork, Step-by-step Beads, and Jewelry Crafts. She is the co-author of two previous jewelry books and is the editor of Bead, the UK's first magazine devoted entirely to beading and jewelry making.

Contents

Prelims (5 pp) Introduction (2 pp) For so long now beading books have contained projects that appealed to the craft's previous main audience of older ladies. It's been a long time coming that the book publishing world addressed the call for modern, colourful, youthful projects that fit not only with the tastes of new beaders but also their budgets. This project-based book is organized by technique used, with projects that are ideal for anyone who wants to grab some beads and begin beading. Chapter One/ Beads, Findings & Tools (4 pp) * Beginning with the beads * Essential findings * Your basic tool kit Chapter Two/ Beader's World (4 pp) Beading obsessives share their passion for beading and provide useful tips for designing your own wonderful pieces. Chapter Three/ Projects (126 pp) Thirty fabulous projects for both the advanced beader looking for something new and different, and the beginner dipping their toes into the beading world. In addition to featuring her own designs, Jean Power invites other leading designers to take up residence in these pages with ten very different projects in a range of contemporary styles. Organized by technique, each category provides clear step-by-step instructions for the particular beading stitch, followed by jewellery projects that allow the reader to try out their growing repertoire. The projects are flagged by skill level, and give suggestions for different ways to vary each piece to suit the reader's own taste. Peyote stitch One of the most commonly used bead stitches around the world, peyote is based on the simple rhythm of creating spaces then filling those spaces. Here you'll find achievable projects that will inject pizzazz into your jewellery wardrobe. Projects include: * Adorned skeleton key * Spiralled bangles Ladder stitch An ideal stitch for beginners, ladder stitch is comprised of only one row and can be embellished with fringes or loops. These jewellery projects include: * Curved bracelets * Simple beaded beads Brick stitch Building on a simple ladder stitch base, brick stitch can be shaped to create eye-catching pieces. This category includes: * Colourful earrings * Skull bracelet Spiral Rope An endlessly versatile stitch that lends itself to lots of experimentation, the jewellery projects in this spiral rope section include: * Pearl necklace * Spirals of colour Herring Bone Stitch Although similar to brick stitch, this decorative stitch is more complicated and is ideal for the more adventurous beader. Projects in this section include: * Ropes of colour * Twisted delight necklace Right-Angle Weave So-called because the beads lie at right angles to each other, this is widely thought of as being the hardest beading stitch to learn but it presents a myriad of design opportunities, which you can incorporate into unusual jewellery projects. The pieces in this section include: * Colourful centrepieces * Embellished bracelets Combining techniques The jewellery projects in this section show you how to combine and build on the various techniques already learned. Projects include: * Triangle necklace * Spiked bangle Resources, Index & Credits (3 pp)

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781782210214
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 144
  • ID: 9781782210214
  • weight: 508
  • ISBN10: 1782210210

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