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25 unique handcrafted jewelry projects
Haute couture meets street culture in Handmade Underground Jewelry, where you'll find 25 cool jewelry projects to recreate the boutique look right in your own neighborhood. With basic skills that are easy to pick up and directions that echo the camaraderie of a craft group, the spirit of Handmade Underground Jewelry is fun, loose, experimental, and creative. Each chapter is devoted to a specific skill or technique, including beading, knotting, wire wrapping, and sewing. Plus, you'll learn how to combine techniques to make stunning pieces. For every project, you'll get
From a vintage Whimsy Locket to a seared silk and seed bead bezel Nostalgia Brooch, the 25 projects in Handmade Underground Jewelry allow you to make truly unique pieces that look like they came straight out of a hip boutique, while still reflecting your personal style.
Free Patterns from Handmade Underground Jewelry
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| Ruby Pheasant Earrings |
This project is designed to show just how versatile beading wire can be. While most styles of beaded earrings are crafted from metal wire, using beading wire offers you a lovely, low-cost alternative. The stem of a pheasant feather is quite durable and adds a dramatic, textural touch to an extra-long pair of lightweight earrings. Crimping a feather to a small section of strung beads offers you an endless array of earring possibilities.
| Siren's City Bracelet |
This design gives an instant impression of sophistication with its mix of steel gray, jet black, brilliant gold, and lipstick red—all a gorgeous backdrop for the geometric, hammered-brass focal point. Mixed bead bracelets are a wonderful way to use up extra beads you will inevitably find yourself collecting from various projects. This design uses tiny, faceted vermeil beads throughout the design to pull it all together, and the ring design of the hammered brass is echoed in the circle toggle clasp. Even though the finished piece uses so many different-shaped beads, the design flows cohesively
Shannon LeVart (Wright City, MO) Completely self-taught from do-it-yourself books and equipped with a fearless ability to create mistakes over and over, Shannon LeVart has been designing jewelry for the last 18 years. In addition to being the founder and owner of a successful mixed-media jewelry business, she is also an experienced arts and crafts instructor through several venues from craft stores to trade shows.
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