Book Review - Making Designer Jewelry With Hardware, Gems and Beads

Saturday November 7, 2009

Making Designer Jewelry With Hardware, Gems and Beads
by Nicole Noelle Sherman
Available Now!
25 Gorgeous How-to Projects!

Book Summary: Interest in beading and jewelry-making continues to grow. Making Designer Jewelry from Hardware, Beads, and Gems offers DIY crafters and jewelry-makers a fun, funky approach to jewelry constructed from not only glass beads, pearls, and semi-precious gemstones, but shows how to incorporate simple stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass and tin hardware, such as nuts, bolts, washers, and tubing, into stunning, innovative, and modern jewelry pieces.

Using hardware in jewelry has become popular, and features an aesthetic twist that mixes "high" and "low" --inexpensive and common metal hardware with favorite bead-store jewels.

I have been making jewelry for several years and the one thing I have found is that you can make jewelry out of just about anything! With everything Steampunk being popular right now, this how-to book is definitely one that you want to pick up!

Not familiar with what is in your local hardware store? That's okay! I suggest you go and take a look but the author has also provided a page of various pieces that she uses so you can just order them off the internet if you need to! But like I said, half the fun is going to the hardware store, looking around and picking up little pieces of this and that to play with!

There are also pages of beginner how-to's and what's, what in regards to traditional jewelry materials and tools too. Forgot or need to know to wrap loop? You're in luck...the book also provides a few basic wire how-to's!

Earrings, bracelets and necklaces...25 projects that will make you say "Wow, I never thought of that!" Everything from copper washers to tiny light bulbs.....yes, light bulbs!

A fun one from beginners to intermediates....Enjoy!


La Coccinelle said...

Looks like fun! I like crafty books.

Martha Lawson said...

I've always wanted to learn how to make jewelry!! This sounds like a great book to have..