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Wish List Time Machine: 2005 by arteesvida
December 3, 2006, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Book Reviews, Product Reviews

Every December at BellaOnline I would do two things. One was to create a project for each holiday tradition (Christmas, Hannukuah, Kwanzaa, and Yule) and the second was to publish a big holiday wish list for jewelry makers. Guess which was most popular and stayed popular even after the holiday season was over. All the books and products I reviewed were things that I have actually tried out myself, and I would always attempt a project from each book before reviewing it so all my readers knew what they were in for.

Although I do have some new books to review, I won’t be doing a complete wish list this year, but I am reposting wish lists from previous years because they still cover some great stuff! And thanks to the poster who found one of my reviewed books at a great discount on the web….if you have a good inexpensive source for any of these items please do post it!


Bead Books

Beading For The Soul By Deborah Cannarella was the only book in the stacks of books I have lying around that was picked up by my seventeen year old brother. Now THIS one is cool! he exclaimed to me. And he’s right. The 26 projects inside the book cover a wide range of techniques from simple stringing and basic knotting to bead embroidery and beadwork such as peyote stitch and brick stitch. What makes this book so different is the way it approaches beading as a tool for creating meaning and engendering spirituality for the creator and the wearer of each piece. The projects are divided into chapters focusing on protection, healing, strength, good fortune, prayer, bonding, and remembrance. Each chapter is introduced with some history of traditional beadwork and how it was used in spiritual practice. This book will not only inspire your jewelry making creativity, it will inspire you to find meaning in your work!

The Impatient Beader By Margot Potter is the book for the newbie beaders and time-crunched crafters on your shopping list! The projects are simple, but very pretty, and filled with designs appropriate for a wide range of interests and styles!

Don’t let those tiny seed beads scare you! The Seed Bead Bok By Kate Haxell has a wide range of projects that you can make using seed beads, including a fabulous tiara for the princess in all of us! The projects range from simple and fairly quick, to the more intricate and time consuming. The back of the book dedicates many pages to different beadwork stitches including the peyote stitch, the brick stitch, the chain stitch, loom weaving, wirework, and several different bead embroidery stitches. This is a great resource for beginning beaders, but the projects are developed enough to appeal to even more experienced seed beaders!

100 Beaded Jewelry Designs By Stephanie Burnhap is not another one of those books filled with projects that take a month to complete…they only look like they take a month to complete! The book has an extensive technique section that includes threading, knitting, weaving, stitching, knotting, netting, and finishing, along with lots of simple stringing ideas. The part I liked best was the pictures and diagrams of all of the beads used on the supplies list. Instead of having to guess what a Size 15 seed bead looks like, or what kind of leaf bead will work best you actually get to SEE what you need before you go shopping for supplies!

Creative Beads From Paper And Fabric By Ann Krier is not your grandma’s plain rolled paper and fabric beads! Although the book starts with a good covering of the basics, it also includes some creative and gorgeous variations including watercolored beads, stamped beads, and embroidered beads as well as embellishments including wire wrapping and fiber tying!

Simple Glass Beading Book And Craft Kit includes a copy of the bestselling Simple Glass Beading by Dorothy Woods plus 1,500 seed beads, 300 bugle beads in various striking shades, 26 feet of coordinating beading thread, 6.5 feet of silver beading wire, a beading needle, 3 feet of organza ribbon, velvet drawstring storage pouch, and 3 ft x 4 in of colored beading thread in white, red, blue and green. This kit is so cool I got one for my Sister-In-Law! The total value of the book and the materials enclosed is over 45.00 and the retail value of the kit is 25.00. But the best part? The kit is only a dollar more on Amazon that the book alone! This is a wonderful all in one present for any crafter!

Wire And Metal Work Jewelry Books

Metal Craft Discovery Workshop By Linda and Opie O’Brien is the book that I have been waiting on for years! When I first saw their directions for an etched copper metal bracelet in a Rice Freeman-Zachary book, I immediately fell in love with their sense of style and fun. This book is full of funky, creative metal craft projects and ideas but their sections on tools and basic metal working techniques is inspirational enough to send you straight to your own studio. They go into great detail about ageing and enhancing metals, transforming images to metal, and their four basic pages on working with resin is the best explanation of working with resin I have ever seen! The step by step projects (which including jewelry, shrines, and other fun items) are amazing…and the “Adornment” chapter will keep you busy for weeks!

Getting Started Making Wire Jewelry By Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey is the perfect book for anyone on your list (including yourself!) that is interested in learning wire work but is afraid they are going to stab themselves with their needlenose pliers in the process! Like all of the Interweave publications, the photos and directions are so easy and clear to follow you feel comfortable jumping right in! The book covers all of the basic jewelry components including jump rings, basic bead loops, wrapped bead loops, clasps, and how to connect beads. I swear, where was this book when I was teaching myself all of these techniques the hard way??? There are also lots of pretty projects including the spiral bracelet and chandelier earrings once you feel comfortable with the basics!

Bead On A Wire By Sharilyn Miller is the latest offering from the very talented Belle Armoire magazine editor Sharilyn Miller! If you have seen her appearances on HGTV, you already know that Sharilyn has some mad wire-working skillz and an amazing creative eye for design. This book blends gorgeous wire-work (and all the techniques are carefully photographed and illustrated in the front of the book) with luscious beadwork for designs that have a gorgeous high-end appeal. So much wire work is either very simple or very quirky but these designs would be equally at home on a bohemian chick or red carpet diva!

Jewelry Making From Other Materials

Making Jewelry WIth Scrapbook Embellishments by Kristin Detrick is a fun take on jewelry designs! For anyone who has visited the scrap booking aisle on the way to the jewelry making aisle and thought ”These are neat, I would love to figure out a way to use them! this is the book for you! A lot of the embellishments she uses are available at your local chain craft stores, but all of the items used are listed in the resource directory in the back with their pertinent web links. This book is full of eye candy and ideas of how you can use non-jewelry ephemera to make some gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pieces!

Sandra McCall’s Rubber Stamped Jewelry By Sandra McCall is not to be confused with the Sharilyn Miller book by the same name. While both artists put rubber stamps to good use in jewelry making projects, their techniques are totally different! Sandra’s book is separated into glue, fabric, polymer clay, and metal projects. The section on glue was chock-full of techniques I haven’t seen before. There are some wonderful techniques that utilize stamping into hot glue in order to create textured designs. The book also uses bezels and stamped papers to create the look of semi-precious stones!

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