Synopses & Reviews
Making Bead and Wire Jewelry sold more than 67,500 copiesand because one great success deserves another, heres a second chic collection featuring the very best in contemporary design.
Created by todays finest artisans, these pieces all showcase the incredible diversity of interesting beads and wire types available today. The photographs alone will have beaders and jewelry makers sighing with delight: from Marinda Stewarts glistening coppery pink flower pin to Eni Okens exotic Bollywood Dreams” earrings, everythings simply stunning. Plus, theyre all easy to make, because no solderings required, just basic wire shaping! Fashion pearly, spiraly post earrings; the gleaming amber trapped in honey” pendant; a rajah bangle that recalls the jingling ankle bracelets from India (but with beads instead of bells), and other beautiful jewels.
A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club.
Showcases the incredible diversity of interesting beads and wire types available.
The gorgeous lifestyle store French General has legions of devoted fansand#8212;and its founder, designer and stylist Kaari Meng, has created an exquisite book based on the boutique's beloved aesthetic. Inspired by vintage French beads, these 36 simple but gorgeous jewelry projects go month by month, season by season. With evocative names like Les Grandes Vacances (Vacation by the Seashore), La Rentrand#233;e (Back to School) and La Saint Valentin (Valentine's Day), the 12 sections each feature three pieces of jewelry-including necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
Dallas Lovett's elegant-yet-graceful project designs capture the look crafters want nowand#8212;sophisticated and stunning. He presents 25 of his most unique designs, all luxurious, with layered twists, and showcasing the creative potential of silver wire and beads. A basics section covers every technique in the book, and step-by-step photos provide the guidance crafters need to create these magnificent pieces, from the undulating, geometrical Cleopatra necklace to the shimmering Crown Jewels Pendant.
In her stunning follow up to Necklaceology, Candie Cooper creates 50 beautiful beaded earring projects that are fun for both beginners and seasoned beaders. Stylish and feminine, they work for the office, a night on the town, or a casual weekend. In addition to beads and wire, these lovely pieces of jewelry include leather, clay, charms, found objects, and other fun materials. Cooper's accessible instructions on tools and techniques, plus plenty of detailed photos, guide you every step of the way.and#160;
About the Author
After studying jewelry-making techniques at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Kaari Meng sold her designs to specialty shops including Bergdorf Goodman, Anthropologie, Sundance Catalog, and Peruvian Connection. In 1997, her business evolved into French General, a Soho retail store selling a French-inspired lifestyle that included textiles, ephemera, and household items only found in France. The shop moved to Los Angeles four years later. Kaari has designed quilting fabrics for Moda, wallpaper and home dand#233;cor items for Fabricut, and scrapbooking supplies for Jo-Lee's Boutique. Over the years, Kaari wrote five books for Chronicle and Lark Books highlighting all of the elements the French General brand had evolved into. Her home and shop have been featured in Oprah, Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Romantic Homes, and Mary Engelbreit Home Companion magazines. Kaari lives in Los Feliz, CA.