Beading Vintage-Style Jewelry: Easy Projects with Elegant Heirloom Appeal

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Vintage style is now and with its rich colors and classic designs, timeless romanticism and old-world elegance, it’s the look that every jewelry maker and wearer craves. These 50 eye-catching and wide-ranging beaded projects show exactly why, from dangling cloisonné beads on a rich, velvet ribbon choker to glittering blue and green crystals paired with silver filigree in a stunning necklace-and-earring combo. Even those who have never strung a bead or looped a wire before can make these in no time, thanks to the authors’ easy-to-follow guidance and clever ideas for giving old pieces a chic makeover. Helpful tips, variations, and historical tidbits are scattered throughout, providing additional insight. 

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Marty Stevens-Heebner's work has been featured on HGTV, the DIY network and at arts festivals throughout Southern California. Her Los Angeles-based company, Half the Sky, not only features Marty's jewelry and decoupage designs, but also offers in-home crafting parties where Marty helps creative doubters unleash the artist inside. Her designs often include things she's found on her travels-she's set foot on every continent-including Kazuli beads from Kenya and carved amber pendants from Chiapas, Mexico, where she's done humanitarian work. Christine Calla began making jewelry after her husband was in a near-fatal accident and she was desperate for a way to calm her nerves. After thoroughly cannibalizing her '80s jewelry and giving her creations away as gifts, requests and orders began pouring in from family and friends. Christine has a bold eye for design and a true knack for finding unique pendants and stones that make her work a must-have for any jewelry collection.

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In many crafters' eyes, there is no such thing as too many how-to-bejewel books. After all, as the thinking goes, there are infinite varieties and combinations of wires and threads and beads. Although technically speaking, Stevens-Heebner and Calla have produced a good compilation of necklaces, brooches, bracelets, and earrings to fashion, few of the 50 designs stand out. Could it be that many copy vintage pieces—and, by comparison, lack the real fire of the originals? Or could it be that the four categories—classic, romantic, dramatic, and elegant—are fairly nondifferentiated? For sure, the basics and fundamental techniques are covered; instructions are well written and include illustrations (as necessary) and the requisite color photograph or two. Level of difficulty is not indicated. And more layout space could be filled with pictures instead of words. A journeyman's perspective of the beading hobby. Jacobs, Barbara

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