Explore the most fundamental and versatile--yet overlooked--component of jewelry design-the wire link Unlike many transient jewelry fads, it is one aspect of jewelry making that is consistent and relevant to nearly every style.
Get all the details of essential tools and wire techniques as well as a collection of 30 custom links and step-by-step illustrated instructions for creating them. Join a variety of contributors that have created 15 jewelry projects, each incorporating one or more of author Cindy Wimmer's links. You'll see how any single link holds limitless design and functional possibilities.
In addition to creating different links, Cindy will show you how to create different effects with the same link design by using or combining different colored wire, changing wire gauge, or changing the size of the link itself.
Renowned designer and teacher Marilyn Gardiner has a contemporary chain mail style which is wearable for a night out, to wear to work, or many other occasions. Marilyn teaches jewelry makers how to express their creative side by making over 24 jewelry pieces that incorporate favorite chain mail weaves into eye-catching necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. This sophisticated jewelry also incorporates gorgeous beads to make each piece unique and adaptable, so jewelry makers can bring their personal style to each finished piece.
Traditionally, friendship bracelets were created by North American Indians using a simple piece of knotted cord, but more recently they have evolved to include a multitude of materials, techniques and styles. Modern designs use leather, suede, ribbon and cord, and feature charms, beads and crystals there are no rules and you are limited only by your imagination However, the spirit of the friendship bracelet remains a handmade gift to celebrate and confirm a special friendship. The twenty designs in this book range from those that are beautifully simple and easy to make, to some that may take a little longer but are well worth the effort. Each project is accompanied by a list of the materials and tools needed, step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs of the finished piece, and with two versions of each design to choose from, you cannot fail to be inspired by at least one of the projects in this book. Some of the designs use simple knotting and plaiting techniques, and these are shown in clear, step-by-step pictures at the beginning of the book. Once you have mastered these, there are no limits to the designs that you can make.
In this gorgeous book, Kat Wisniewski, a chain mail artist, teacher, and owner of Elemental Art Jewelry offers 25 unique projects, each using closed rings, glass and rubber with the chain mail to add color and texture. Jewelry makers can choose from a variety of bracelets, necklaces, earrings and pendants. All the projects are made using a new pattern (not the basic, traditional weaves). The jewelry is colorful, creative, and very wearable. Even advanced chain mailers will learn something new in this book: how to incorporate closed rings for beautiful results.
In these pages you'll find 73 charts for bead weaving and 12 full-page patterns for bead appliqu -- all taken from authentic craftwork of the Cheyenne, Sioux, Crow, Sauk & Fox, Winnebago, Kickapoo, Cree, Arapaho, and other Native American groups. Complete instructions are provided along with color keys for every chart and pattern.
Use the charts to weave belts, headbands, sashes, necklaces, and other eye-catching accessories. You'll find the appliqu patterns are perfect for decorating leather, denim, and other fabrics. It's a great way to embellish handbags, vests, blouses, and other apparel and personal items. By following the clear step-by-step instructions in this book, even beginners can create a host of attractive beadwork projects with authentic Native American flavor.
Ramljak presents students, academics, researchers, arts professionals, and general interest readers with an examination of the wide-ranging world of contemporary amulet and armor design, construction, and social and cultural significance. The author has organized the main body of her text in chapters devoted to the use of religious iconography in the contemporary artistic construction of amulets, the construction of contemporary artistic wearable armaments, the creation of artistically constructed second skins, and a wide variety of other related subjects. Suzanne Ramljak is a writer, art historian, and curator. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Twenty-five everyday chain mail projects using only one size ring: 3/16", 18 gauge. Book features tips throughout to help you master chain mail. Book instructions are easy to follow resulting in quality-looking finished pieces. Build confidence as you move from simple to more complex designs while learning several common weaves such as Box Chain, Byzantine, Mobius, Barrel Weave, Double Spiral, European 4-in-1, and Shaggy Loops.
Any paper--magazines, newspapers, wrapping paper, copy paper--can be upcycled into a variety of shapes and sizes of paper beads that can be used to make colorful, unique pieces of jewelry that no one would guess are made from paper. Fashioned from thin strips of paper and painted in a variety of ways, the beads you make can then be used to make elegant drop earrings, beaded necklaces, and bracelets. Combine them with other unique beads and charms for even more looks. Includes instructions on how to create the paper beads, as well as how to use metal findings, leather cords, and other materials to create professional-looking designs.