Now, I like to make jewelry, and I think I'm pretty good at stringing beads in a relatively pleasing order. I've gotten lots of compliments on my jewels, and even won a "Best in Category" ribbon for a necklace that I entered in the State Fair a few summers ago.
If I had *this* book, I might have won "Best in Show." Seriously. Who knew that it was so easy to create your own professional - quality findings with little or no metal-smithing?
(For some of the projects, you do need a micro-torch, but I don't know any crafter who's not willing to add another little trick to the arsenal!)
The authors, Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson, show you through step-by-step photo tutorials how to create everything from headpins to links to earring wires and toggles.
I think that this book would be great for any jeweler, from the home crafter like me who just wants to up the State Fair Ribbon ante a bit to the Etsy or craft fair jewelry seller who really desires a more professional look.
If you'd like to learn more about Handcrafted Wire Findings and its authors, check out this interview with Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson on Beading Daily. And in case you're new to jewelry making, or have always wanted to create your own jewelry but didn't know how to start, check out the new online jewelry making class from Max Goodman, Head of Jewelry Instruction at 3rd Ward.
Jewelry Workshop is an in-depth course covering four fundamental techniques: Pearl Knotting, Wire Wrapping, Chain Making and Photo Etching. Max Goodman provides clear demonstrations of each technique, teaching you to make jewelry that will stand the test of time. In addition to expert advice on choosing materials and avoiding rookie mistakes, Max encourages experimentation and creativity.
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