Beaded Jewellery: Wirework Techniques, Skills, Tools, and Materials for Handcrafted Jewelry. Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, Kate Feld

 

Beaded Jewellery: Wirework Techniques, Skills, Tools, and Materials for Handcrafted Jewelry.  Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, Kate Feld
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I’ve always had a fascination with beads and pretty trinkets. As a child my Nan used to have a big biscuit tin filled with pretty buttons, odd beads and broken jewellery, and I just loved playing with things from it and trying to make them into something to wear. Now with ebay and countless websites buying pretty beads and jewellery components is easy, and I’ve been – like so many others – seduced by the colours and variety of beautiful beads available – I’ve my own big box now!
Hoping to do something with my acquisitions and convince Him Indoors that its not just another of my Magpie tendencies, I bought a basic kit for making necklaces, bracelets and earrings, but without instruction I quickly found my imagination was fine but my physical capabilities sadly lacking, and the kit languishes in the back of a cupboard. I had looked for info online – Youtube usually helps…but I simply couldn’t seem to follow the films, everything was so fast and deftly completed. Then I saw this book and it explains so much of my failure. I had no idea there were so many different types of wire, and that each need different techniques for the best final effects. One thing I did make with my kit was a pull handle for my very old fashioned doorbell – its linked to a real, huge bell on a spring but I only had a forlorn bit of wire for a handle. I picked out a selection of my favourite beads, beautiful, heavy lamp-work glass, and threaded them onto wire, and proudly connected it. Then the poor delivery guy pulled on it and was left with a few beads and the wire in his hand, while the rest scattered all over the path. Cue red faces, his and mine. Now I know I simply used the wrong wire and didn’t finish it properly – maybe I’ll try redoing it, if I dare. It was an embarrassing experience for both me and the poor guy delivering my parcel.
This book is a real gem ( unintentional pun there…) as it has what we would be jewellery makes need – basic, simple, easy to follow instructions, accompanied by simple, step by step, clear  illustrations. From selecting types of wire for each purpose, explanations of how they differ, to what tools to use with each, every facet of wire jewellery is covered. Its an incredibly useful book, short but packed with basic info that’s essential for those like myself who want to create something beautiful, but have little or no knowledge of where to start and how to do it!
Stars: Five, an essential book for beginners to jewellery making.
ARC supplied via Netgalley

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I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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