Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making and Beading

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making and Beading

by Chris Franchetti Michaels


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A step-by-step, full-color VISUAL guide to the art of jewelry making

A 2006 study found that beading and jewelry making is the nation’s sixth most popular craft. This guide shows readers how to do everything from basic bead stringing to wire wrapping, all in the series’ easy-to-follow, full-color format. The book includes 20 detailed patterns for making earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470101506
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/08/2007
Series: Teach Yourself VISUALLY Consumer Series , #6
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 172,685
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Chris Franchetti Michaels is a writer and jewelry artisan specializing in beaded designs, wirework, and metal fabrication. She has written extensively about jewelry and jewelry making on the Internet since 2003, and she is the author of Beading VISUAL Quick Tips, Wire Jewelry VISUAL Quick Tips, and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Beadwork. Chris has also appeared on several episodes of the DIY Network television show Jewelry Making, and her designs have been featured in popular jewelry project books. Visit her website BeadJewelry.net for more help and inspiration.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to Jewelry Making and Beading

Become a Jewelry Artisan 4

Beads and Beading Supplies 6

Wire and Wirework Supplies 18

Macramé Knotting and Braiding Supplies 24

Jewelry Findings 26

Chapter 2 The Art of Design

Color Harmony 32

Weight, Texture, and Proportion 36

Motif and Pattern 38

Keep Track of Ideas 39

Chapter 3 Basic Bead Stringing Techniques

Lay Out a Design 42

Select a Stringing Material 44

Select a Finishing Method 46

String and Finish Beading Wire 47

String and Finish Beading Cord 54

String and Finish Beading Thread 66

String and Finish Memory Wire 70

Chapter 4 More Advanced Bead Stringing Techniques

String Multiple Strands 74

Knot Between Beads 78

Create Beaded Lace, Drops, Fringe, and Tassels 82

Use Beads or Buttons in Place of Findings 88

Chapter 5 Bead Weaving

Bead Weaving Patterns 94

Select Beads, Thread, and Needle 95

Work with Beading Thread for Bead Weaving 98

Weave the Basic Off-Loom Stitches 102

Weave on a Loom 112

Common Finishing Techniques 116

Chapter 6 Basic Wirework

Select Your Wire 120

Wirework Safety 125

Make Jump Rings, Eye Pins, and Head Pins 126

Create Wire-and-Bead Drops and Links 136

Make Wire Hook Clasps 142

Assemble Some Basic Wire Chains 150

Chapter 7 More Advanced Wirework Techniques

Make a Wrapped Briolette Drop 156

Use Double Wire 158

Wrap Beads Within a Framework 162

Create More Wire Clasps 170

Construct Elaborate Wire Chain 176

Make a Wire Finger Ring 180

Using a Wire Jig chapter 8

Basic Technique 186

Make Wire Connectors 187

Form Ear Wires 196

Wire Jig Patterns 200

Chapter 9 Macramé Knotting and Beading

Cord Terminology 204

Set Up a Knotting Board 206

Learn the Basic Macramé Knots 208

Add Beads Between Macramé Knots 216

Braid Cords Together 218

Chapter 10 Easy Projects

Funky Beaded Stretch Bracelet Set 224

Hill Tribe Silver and Gemstone Necklace 226

Memory Wire and Crystal Heart Finger Ring 228

Beaded Square Knot Hemp Bracelet 230

Cosmic Crystal Drop Earrings 232

Men’s Rugged Leather and Bead Necklace 234

Celtic Wirework Charm Bracelet 236

Even-Count Flat Peyote Stitch Finger Ring 238

Dancing Bell Daisy Chain Bookmark 240

Chapter 11 Intermediate Projects

Multi-Strand Tin Cup Anklet 244

Beaded Multi-Knot Hemp Choker 248

Briolette Pendant Ribbon Necklace 251

Gothic Bead Lace Collar Necklace 254

Cherry Blossom Loomwork Bracelet 257

Byzantine and Turquoise Drop Earrings 260

Wirework Bead Cuff Bracelet 262

Modern Square Stitch Table Mat 264

Beaded Framework Link Bracelet 267

Four-Strand Braided Leather Bracelet 270

Chapter 12 Expanding Your Horizons

Choose a Specialized Path 274

Find Advanced Help and Training 278

Turn Your Hobby into a Business 279

Appendix: Reference Materials 280

Index 286

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