'The projects included are stunning.... from simple easy-to-put-together designs that newcomers can feel comfortable getting their feet wet, to more complex projects that experienced jewelry makers can tackle.'--Booklist
'When Jane Dickerson first mentioned her book to me, I thought it was another book on chain making. When I flipped through the book at Interweave Bead Fest, I realized my first impression was way off base. Don’t make the same mistake I almost did, or you’ll miss out on some great ideas for making stylish jewelry with panache.
All the projects in Chainstyle 50 Contemporary Jewelry Designs are designed using readymade chain. The beauty of this is that it allows beginners to create professional looking necklaces and bracelets after learning a few basic metal and wire-working skills that Dickerson capably explains in the beginning of the book. Then it’s only a matter of selecting the chain and combining it with beads, findings and other components. In fact, Chainstyle has so many ideas for smart and sophisticated necklaces and bracelets that more advanced jewelry makers will like it too.
The projects in Chainstyle also present a wonderful opportunity to repurpose odd bits of broken chains and charms that hide in the back of everyone’s jewelry box. Combining old and new materials and using found objects is a great way to personalize jewelry. Dickerson’s easy to understand instructions and for texturing and oxidizing findings and components makes it easy to fashion distinctive, one-of-a-kind creations.
I recommend Chainstyle for beginners because the projects are quick and easy to make. Chainstyle will also appeal to any jewelry maker interested in creating fashionable contemporary jewelry or who is looking for ideas on combining different types of materials into one of a kind designs.' --Martha Aleo, Philadelphia Polymer Clay Guild