Jewellery and accessories are the finishing touches that define us - making and decorating your own pieces is a highly creative and satisfying way to add a unique personal character to everyday life. This beautiful compendium presents both how-to craft techniques with more than 175 stylish projects to make.
There are myriad ideas for crafting traditional and contemporary jewellery such as rings, bangles, necklaces and earrings made from woven or strung glass beads, enamelled metal, rolled paper, decorative felt, painted leather and colourful machine embroidery. Larger-scale items include decorations for book covers, photograph frames, table decorations, a beaded splashback for a bathroom, a contemporary chandelier, and a decorated throw for a bedroom. There are projects to suit all levels of ability, with plenty of simple ideas for those with little time to spare, as well as more complex ones for those who like a challenge.
The projects are made using traditional craft skills that can be learned quickly and easily using materials and equipment that are easy to find, and that in most instances cost very little to purchase. Choose from beadwork, machine embroidery, leatherwork, feltmaking, rag rug-making, ribbon-craft, enamelling, wirework, metalwork, modelling clay, mosaics, decorative glass, papercrafts and woodwork. Each craft is fully explained, with every technique used presented in photographic step-by-step format. A concise history of each craft is included alongside a gallery of inspirational work by leading craftspeople. Each project is graded for level of ability and all are shown in more than 1700 fabulous photographs.
With more than 175 projects and plenty of inspirational ideas from leading craftspeople, this colourful compendium is a must for every crafter and will provides many hours of pleasure making and designing beautiful jewellery.
About the Authors
Ann Kay is a highly experienced editor and writer. She has a postgraduate qualification in graphic design and studied jewellery-making under two well-known jewellers for some years in London.
Lucinda Ganderton was born and lives in London, where she studied fine art textiles at Goldsmiths College. She is experienced in a wide range of crafts and is the author of several books that cover a variety of techniques and themes, from applique and soft furnishings to embroidery stitches. Her work features regularly in magazines and website commissions, she is highly sought after as a designer and she has also appeared on television and video. Commissions have included needlepoint designs for Ehrman Kits and leading magazines, and knitwear for Liberty.