Thursday, September 19, 2013

Project: Necklaces (book review)

What fun to receive a review copy in the mail last week of this brand-new book from Kalmbach Publishers! Project: Necklaces is an 88-page paperback project book filled with fun designs for beadwork enthusiasts, wire artists, stringers, or anyone who just loves making colorful beaded jewelry.
My project, the Rosy Posy Pendant, is featured on page 80:
In the four-page article, I also teach how to make a beautiful wire-wrapped and beaded necklace including a chain with a handmade clasp. But the real star of the show is the rosy-posy pendant, which is made with sterling silver wire on a flower loom! Cool... and so much fun. You can also make wire flowers using copper wire and the beads or pearls of your choice. I hope you enjoy this project.
Altogether there are 30 beautiful beaded necklace designs in Project: Necklaces ($13.67 on You can choose from wirework, stringing, single stitches, or combined techniques. The book begins with a brief introduction followed by tools & materials, basic techniques, a very useful section on Necklace Fitting 101, and then we dive into the pretty projects starting on page 12.
Big, colorful photos, step-by-step images, detailed instructions, materials lists and helpful tips make all the designs in this book quite doable. Most of the projects are complex enough to challenge the experienced jewelry artist. I enjoyed the use of commercial chains, vintage beads, seed beads, wire, and found objects.
Lots of fun projects, ideal for making holiday gifts!
Happy wrapping (and beading),

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