Use simple techniques to create silver wire jewelry with sinuous forms, graceful lines, and inviting textures. Begin with the basics of coil construction and plying wires. Then learn how to stretch out coils to create graceful waves, join rings together to form elegant chains, craft firgure eights for a unique effect, and incorporate beads and pearls into the designs.
Offers ideas, showcases 35 projects, and contains suggestions for recycling everyday objects, from electrical wire to soda cans, while uncovering their vast potential for beauty. This book shows how you can begin by examining various metal types and forms and the techniques for shaping and cold-connecting them.
Projects in Wonderful Wire Jewelry include techniques such as turning loops, coiling, wrapping, weaving, and linking. With a wide range of techniques and styles, readers are sure to find plenty to inspire them. In addition to 30+ jewelry projects, this book will include a detailed Basics section with sidebars on wire working tools and metal options. Project range from beginner to intermediate levels.
Move beyond simple stringing! Graduate to using wire, chain, and jump rings and learn the fundamentals of making great jewelry, one step at a time, with the focus on shiny gold, silver, and copper wire, findings, and beads. Featured are the building blocks of design: plain loops, wrapped loops, jump rings, chain, and spacers, along with projects that reinforce these basic techniques.
From America's largest specialty retailer of arts and crafts merchandise comes an extraordinarily big, beautiful, and encyclopedic collection of techniques and 175 projects--from beading and woodworking to glass and fabric crafts.
Far from its original utilitarian use—to create armor—the chain-mail technique has been adapted over time to create beautiful, unique jewelry. In Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections, chain-mail expert Scott David Plumlee shows jewelry makers, beaders, and crafters at all skill levels how to incorporate beads into a variety of chain-mail weaves to create showstopping pieces. First, Plumlee walks readers through basic skills and provides detailed information on traditional chain designs. He then presents more than 20 wire-wrapping and bead-setting techniques that incorporate beads seamlessly into a variety of designs, from the creative “Chaos” wire-wrapped bead to the sinuous Snake. With step-by-step instructions for assembling age-old chain patterns—from simple to complex—and gorgeous designs that can be executed using only simple hand tools, Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections is sure to inspire jewelry artisans at all levels to expand the creative possibilities of their work. From the Trade Paperback edition.