Thursday, 5 February 2015

Beaded Jewelry Series - Wirework Techniques & Knotting Techniques

*Review copies c/o Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
beaded jewelry book reviews

Today’s book review features not one but two titles from new informative series ‘Beaded Jewelry’.

First up is ‘Wirework Techniques’ which is packed with information on basic supplies, tools and techniques for wirework, allowing readers to achieve professional looking results. The tutorials show everything you’ll need to get started making your own jewellery pieces covering the basic findings including ear wires like those I shared in a ‘Jewellery 101’ post. Properly opening/closing jump rings and how to wire wrap beads are both also covered and the back section of the book has a guide to types of metals as well as a glossary for specialist words or terms - all perfect for beginners.

Just like the wirework guide ‘Knotting Techniques’ follows the same format talking the reader through supplies and basic techniques. For knotted jewellery types of cord and clasps are key so the first part of the book shares lots of useful information on which are the best to use for each type of project as well as help with how to calculate how much cord you will need. The final section of the book covers varieties of pearls and how to care for them as many knotting techniques are used alongside these classic gemstones.

With clear step-by-step tutorials and illustrations as well as all of the basics fully covered within a simple layout I think this series of short reference books would be a great addition to any keen crafter’s collection, particularly those who are beginner jewellery makers.

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