This month’s selection of craft books features some of our latest jewellery books and magazines, which come packed with ideas and inspiration to challenge the most artistic minds. Draw creative energy from this fabulous selection of imaginative new books, presenting beautiful leather jewellery, bead and wire designs, as well as, gorgeous photography from top artists around the world. Happy crafting!
Beautiful leather jewelry : timeless techniques for today’s trends / Melissa Cable.
“Melissa Cable has a knack for taking traditional jewelry-making techniques and applying them to various materials in an upscale, modern way. In Beautiful Leather Jewelry, she shares new methods for altering leather to create unique textures and patterns in a variety of necklaces, bracelets, cuffs, pendants, and more. Proper finishing techniques, such as snap setting, will ensure polished, professional results. Aspiring leather jewelry designers will appreciate learning how to combine familiar materials such as Swarovski crystals, metals, wood, felt, and resin with leather cuffs, cords, and more. This is leather jewelry like you’ve never seen before!” (Adapted from Syndetics)
The jewelry maker’s field guide : tools and essential techniques / Helen I. Driggs.
“Discover a thorough reference guide to metalworking tools and techniques with multiple demos, tutorials, cross-references, and supportive skill-building exercises and projects. Helen Driggs, a regular contributor to “Lapidary Journal,” brings her down-to-earth approach and strong metalworking knowledge base in this overview of basic and not-so-basic metalworking techniques. “Jewelry Makers Field Guide” walks you through the variety of metalworking tools available and offers guidance on setting up a studio, buying and organizing supplies, and determining what tools to buy and when. Organizing tools along basic functions, Helen offers a solid and logical overview of metalworking techniques, and teaches sets of related skills, showing how different tools can sometimes achieve the same end. Each chapter includes stepped demos and applied techniques for using particular tools. The book culminates in projects that combine a variety of techniques, and allow the reader to further apply and practice their metalworking skills.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Jewelry for all seasons : 24 bead and wire designs inspired by nature / Linzi Alford.
“Brighten up your wardrobe, mark the changing seasons and make your own fabulous jewelry using nature as your guide. In this imaginative new book, stunning photography provides the inspiration for 24 unique and stylish pieces of jewelry that capture the beauty of nature throughout the year. Most projects are easy enough for complete beginners but intermediate and advanced jewelry-makers will also be inspired by these strikingly original designs and gorgeous photography.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk.)
Small beads, big jewellery / Jean Power.
“A book created especially for those who want to put zing into their beading projects, this wonderful compendium of modern pieces offers the beader a chance to do something a little bit different. Created by Jean Power, whose Compendium of Beading Techniques has become a bible for anyone seeking the inside skinny on the technical aspects of beading. Neatly organised by the technique used in making the piece, there are some simple projects for the beginner beader and more complicated designs that will richly reward more ambitious beaders. What these projects have in common is that they are quirky, different, and undoubtedly distinguished. Includes easy-to-follow diagrams and corresponding photographs, and plenty of alternative colourways.” (Adapted from Amazon.co.uk.)
Shaped beadwork & beyond : dimensional jewelry in peyote stitch / Diane Fitzgerald.
“Diane Fitzgerald is the world’s biggest and best-loved name in beading—and now she’s back with a new book that will “shape” your jewelry-making for years to come! Focusing on geometric figures formed into three-dimensional beaded pieces, this gorgeous follow-up to her bestselling Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork builds on Diane’s earlier ideas with 40 stunning projects. In each chapter, Diane explores a different shape—from starry necklaces and heart pins to a Pirate Eyes Bracelet—and she goes in exciting new directions with imaginative and beautifully complex designs that play with patterns, crystals, and more.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Steampunk jewelry / Spurgeon Vaughn Ratcliffe.
“From the author of “Steampunk Fashion,” a stunning collection of steampunk jewelry from top artists around the globe No artform has been more influenced in recent years by steampunk than that of the jeweler. Initially just an arcane collection of clocks and gears, the art has developed into an astounding hotbed of craftsmanship and creativity, blurring the lines between man and nature, and achieving a handmade intricacy which never ceases to fascinate. In the process some of the most valuable and inventive objects of the steampunk movement have been created. In the vanguard were the aficionados of steampunk who needed to accessorize their costumes. More recently, serious silversmiths, goldsmiths, and metal workers, as well as sculptors in miniature, have entered the fray. The best from around the world are featured here, with astonishing photography and insights from each artist. This volume, in the same format as “Steampunk Fashion,” will appeal to professional and amateur jewelers alike (whether in the movement or not), to anyone working with steampunk, but also to all steampunk enthusiasts, who seem to have an insatiable appetite for the latest aesthetic manifestations of this remarkable genre.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Don’t miss out our fantastic range of Craft Magazines, including the latest issues on jewellery and beading, packed with fabulous projects, step – by – step instructions, tips and techniques to help you learn, discover and enjoy.
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