In the American Southwest, turquoise is a highly prized gemstone with great cultural significance. Author Joe Dan Lowry is recognized worldwide as a leading expert on the subject, and Turquoise Unearthed: An Illustrated Guide is the definitive resource for rock hounds and serious collectors alike. Lowry describes the fascinating history of turquoise mining in the American Southwest and reveals the astonishing variety of colors and forms that make this a gemstone like no other. Among Native American peoples of the Southwest, turquoise is especially prized, with blue stones symbolizing Father Sky and greener ones evoking Mother Earth. This lavishly illustrated volume also features some of the finest examples of antique and contemporary Southwest Indian turquoise jewelry.
The traditional Japanese art of cord braiding--known as kumihimo-- has been around for centuries. The technique, which uses a loom and several strands of silk thread, was once used to create the strong, slender cords that reinforced samurai warrior armor. Today, it is primarily used to make beautiful, color-drenched cords for jewelry and other decorative items. In Twist, Turn, & Tie 50 Japanese Kumihimo Braids, readers will get everything they need to get started in this ancient craft, including a mini braiding loom They'll also find:
As the owner of one of the world's most elaborate sea glass collections, Mary Beth Beuke gets to talk about these prized ocean gems on a daily basis. Unfortunately, with each passing day, sea glass becomes more and more difficult to find, making the hunt more of a challenge to the seeker--especially one with limited experience in sea glass hunting.There are several reasons why the hunt is so important to the sea glass seeker. Some find their Zen moments in the solitude and beauty of the hunt. Some collect to add color to their life. The history, mystery, and discovery of sea glass are also strong forces that draw collectors to shorelines around the world, looking for these pieces of physically and chemically weathered frosted glass. Whatever your reason for wanting to learn about and start your own collection of sea glass, the window for doing so is closing as pieces are becoming more elusive due to a growth in sea glass popularity and a decrease in recent glass bottle production. In The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass, Beuke provides information that will help first-time seekers start new collections and veteran hunters learn more about their current sets. Beuke shares her experiences in gathering her own collection via photographs of vibrant and rare pieces, as well.
Patterns for20 handcraftedprojects, each an exquisiteaccessory and a tiny work of art, are provided in this step-by-step guide.The centerpiece of the handbook is a range of stunning fabric jewelrynecklaces, bracelets, and earringscrafted from silks or cottons complemented by a colorful decorative cord that is woven or knotted into unique designs, called "kumihimo." Instructions are provided for several unusual craft techniques including Japanese knotwork, Delica beading, and fabric origami, each withcolor drawings and step-by-step directions. Projectsare accompanied by color photographs evocative of contemporary Japanese style, and every chapteropens witha wonderfuloriginal watercolor by the author, as well astext providing reflections on Japanese life and art."
Make your wedding your own with personalized jewelry This exciting new title from Sian Hamilton, the editor of Making Jewellery magazine, is the ideal book for jewelry makers eager to learn the intricacies of creating wedding jewelry. Packed with 30 designs, Wedding Jewelry is broken down into six different collections with five different pieces in each collection. The collections are themed as follows: Vintage, Nature, Classic, Lace, Floral and Celtic.
Although the book assumes some jewelry making knowledge, the techniques cover most of the basics that the reader will need to know. In addition to a techniques section, tools and materials are discussed in detail. Sian provides tips to help the bride incorporate colors to match wedding themes, outfits, and more.
Projects include headpieces, tiara, hairpins, brooches, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Wire Jewellery explores the exquisite art of using wire and beads or gemstones with crochet and knitting techniques to create stunning and unique pieces of jewellery. Step-by-step instructions and photographs show the reader how to make 30 projects, including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, tiaras and brooches. All require minimal equipment and are easy to make at home. The projects are separated into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced for easy use and progression and show the reader how the projects can be developed. A comprehensive, fully illustrated section on Techniques explains how to crochet and knit wire, plus insert beads or gemstones, and attach hooks and clasps. There is also information and guidance on tools, equipment and materials.
Learn how to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings that will perfectly match your outfits and be the envy of all your friends Using wire, beads and basic knitting, crochet and twisting techniques, Wire Jewelry is the perfect introduction for anyone looking to make their own jewelry.
- 12 unique pieces to make
- Each project is illustrated with clear step-by-step pictures to guide you through the process
- all techniques needed are clearly explained
- requires only basic skills
This comprehensive guide to working with wire, focusing on the intricate skills of weaving, binding, coiling, and layering, will inspire all levels of jewelry-maker. The 24 projects, ranging from elegant pendants to earrings, rings, brooches, and bracelets, will appeal to a wide range of tastes and are grouped into beginner, intermediate, and advanced sections.
Abby's experience running tutorials on this wonderful craft shines out in the clarity of the step-by-step instruction for each project and the invaluable tools and techniques section. To Abby, teaching is all about getting the detail right and taking out the guesswork so the maker can concentrate on the end result of a beautiful piece of jewelry.
Noted designer and author Irina Miech returns to her favorite medium with Wire Jewelry: Beaded and Beautiful, a collection of 24+ timeless wire jewelry projects beginners can create with a minimum investment in tools and materials.Using a clear, illustrative teaching style, Irina introduces standard wire techniques like wrapping loops, spirals, and zig-zags; hammering; creating simple clasps, and much more. Jewelry makers can apply their new skills to beautiful earrings, rings, pendants, bracelets, necklaces, and captured cabochons that have a timeless, classic look and feel. The focus is on materials and tools readily available at national retailers and independent bead shops alike: base metals, beads, semiprecious stones, and cabochons in various sizes and shapes. Even the findings -- chain, clasps, and jump rings -- are easy to find. With Wire Jewelry: Beaded and Beautiful, jewelry makers at every level will be able to create timeless jewelry pieces using standard techniques and materials.