My Favorite Jewelry Books #6

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This is a wonderful book which explains in great detail how to do Polymer Clay projects.  The explanations are clear and the introduction helps to clarify the variety of projects that can be accomplished with this book.  This book reveals how you can do both simple and complex projects and has wonderful examples.

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My Favorite Books #5 -Glass Beads by Louise Mehaffey

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Glass Beads is one of the best resources for those beginning to make glass beads to the intermediate beader.  It gives a brief History of Beads first, followed by the Tools and Materials needed.  Next are the Basic Skills and Bead Shapes.  The Projects begin on page 53 and give a lovely variety in techniques from Petal beads, Poked Dots, Harlequin, Raised Petals, Twisting, Raking, and Feathering.  It even includes Batik Beads with Silver Stringers and Hollow Eye Beads.  An excellent book for those who would like to learn more about making and designing their own Glass Beads.

My Favorite Jewelry Books – Addition #4

Jim MacIntosh does an excellent job in pictures and written text to help the jewelry entrepreneur to learn wire wrapping called:

Wire Wrapping: The Basics and Beyond.

It includes in:

Section #1 – The Basics –Tools, Wire, Stones, Layout

Section #2 – Projects  – with excellent pictures which give the artist easy directions to accomplish beautiful projects.

Section #3 – Beyond – Design Basics, Expending your designs.

Of all the Wire Wrapping Books on the Market, I think this is the best.

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My Favorite Jewelry Books — Addition #3

One of the most coveted books in my jewelry library is called Seed Bead Stitching “Creative Variations on Traditional Techniques” by Beth Stone.  I am on my second book due to use and have found the ease of instruction amazing.  I have found so many different designs that inspire and amaze and enjoy following the simplified picture instructions.  This book begins with Basics and Supplies and then traverses through the Chapters teaching the Peyote and Brick Stitches, Right-Angle Weave, Tri & Quad Stitches, Daisy Chain (my favorite), Spiral Rope Stitch, and ends with the Russian Stitch.  She even has the reader make a sampler to help learn the stitches which is an age old technique taught in the Victorian Times to young women making tapestries, and in Colonial England for Cross Stitch Samplers.

I feel Beth Stone has done an excellent job of creating a book that gives the novice or expert seed bead stitcher an opportunity to learn new and advanced techniques.  Bravo!!!

This necklace utilizes the daisy stitch I learned in Beth Stone's Book
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My Favorite Jewelry Books — Addition #2

DSC05565Creative Gold and Silver Smithing;  Sharr Choate;  Crown Publishers, Inc.;  NY; 1977;

ISBN: 0-517-524139

Sharr Choate has created a book that explains every detail in sequence on how to create a lovely silver or gold project.  She starts by explaining metals followed by textures, annealing and pickling.  She continues with shaping and sawing as well as filing and sanding. She covers details on buffing and polishing your project, soldering, metal coloring and finishing.  Finally, she delves into the world of mountings and findings.  She then steps into design categories of wire followed by chains, tubing and hinges. She even discusses rings, pendants, and appliques.  She basically covers the entire process of smithing.

A wonderful refresher course or beginning step by step approach to silver smithing.  This has a very precise layout.  A wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone who would like to expand their jewelry artistry and/or perfect their current artistic designs.

Recommended Reading for Jewerly Designers by Nancy U

Steampunk Book and Necklaces
On the left is a Wright Brothers Necklace. On the right is a train motif.
Steampunk Emporium is in the background.

Steampunk Emporium
Jema ‘Emily Ladybird’ Hewitt
Northlight Books
Cincinnati, Ohio
copyright ©2011
ISBN -13:978-1-4403-0838-3
ISBN -10: 4403=0838-1
$27.99 USA/$31.99 in Canada

Absolutely Unique has a large stock of books which are utilized for ideas. We have a vast array of categories from Scandanavian to Space and Fossil, and each necklace is an unique item. Recently we were requested by Event Network and Greenfield Village to create Steampunk designs for the gift shops at the Ford Museum. One of my favorite Steampunk books is “Steampunk Emporium”. It has many ideas that we drew from to create our designs. Better yet, it includes a story line with extraordinary expeditions in addition to patterns and lovely pictures. I especially enjoyed the Jurassic Valley Expedition. Two brief exerpts from the book are included:

“Dear Mr. Dickens,
The jungle grows even thicker and more oppressive. At night the crys of distant unknown beasts fill the air. Lord Phillip Barhan is an exemplary expedition organizer…We have real hopes of entering Jurassic Valley again tomorrow.”

“Dear Mr. Rivett,
As we were flying over the extraordinary world of Automatopea, the balloon started to lose altitude. Mr. Woppet did his best, but slowly and surely we descended into some rose gardens adjoining an exquisite chateau…”

This is a lovely and informative book with imagination which strongly appeals to my muse. It starts with a brief description of what Steampunk is and then delves into the various themes that Steampunk is so famous for. Although the cost is somewhat prohibitive, I feel that the quality of the book makes it well worth the price. I am delighted to have this book in my jewelry library and would recommend “Steampunk Emporium” to anyone in the jewelry field or those interested in the World of Steampunk.