Enchanted Adornments

Enter the fantasy fairytale world of Green Girl Studios, where every charm has a story and each piece of jewelry is filled with magic.

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Enter the fantasy fairytale world of Green Girl Studios, where every charm has a story and each piece of jewelry is filled with magic.

Jewelry artist Cynthia Thornton combines her love of storytelling with a wide variety of innovative jewelry techniques in this book meant to teach unexpected ways to create unique pieces infused with personal meaning.

Presented in the style of an artist's journal, the book includes watercolor illustrations and enchanting design sketches by the author and is richly infused with quotes, tips, and tricks.

  • Discover the secrets behind new and innovative techniques for creating mixed-media jewelry with resin, PMC, polymer clay, wire, and more
  • Learn Cynthia's signature techniques for mold-making and stone setting, bead making with polymer clay and PMC, and creating your own custom jewelry components from resin pendants to PMC clasps
  • All basic techniques are accompanied by step-by-step photography

Challenge yourself with creating the 20+ projects ranging from delightfully simple to exquisitely ornate. Along the way you'll gain valuable insight into Cynthia's design process for giving each piece of jewelry its own magic. Each project features its own fairytale introduction and project instructions are illustrated by Cynthia.

Table of Contents

IntroductionFinding inspiration and creating personal symbols

  • Look Books and Inspiration Boards
  • Documenting ideas in a Sketchbook

Basic Techniques

  • Workspace setup and safety
  • Wirework
  • Polymer clay
  • PMC
  • Resin
  • Chemicals and patinas
  • Mold-making and basic sculpting


  • Owl ojime with cabochon eyes on a wirework necklace
  • Bracelet with nail-head studded beads
  • Cabochon studded egg earrings
  • Shrink film and polymer petal earrings
  • Stamped charm and crystal necklace
  • Vine necklace with drawn bead wires and crystals
  • Bird-stamped earrings with crystals
  • Bead caps wire-wrapped onto hollow glass beads filled with charms, stones, drawings and text
  • Stamped crescent pendant with polymer beads and crystals
  • Silver branch links, using texture plate and mica leaves
  • Ring inset with beach glass
  • Bezel pendant necklace embedded with wire spirals and secured with clay balls on chain
  • Hollow pendant with watch crystal prong set, holding stones and crystals inside
  • Wire-wrapped ring with dangles and bezel set with stone
  • Flower corsage cuff using polymer, mica, wire and crystals
  • Wing bracelet using wire and transparencies of wings coated in resin
  • Resin pod necklace on chain using molds and dyes
  • PMC bezels filled with powdered gesso and polymer mix with watercolor on top, encased in resin
  • Sculpted and molded heart pendant poured in clear resin with text inside
  • Keyhole locket with decorative bezel and painting encased in resin
About the Author

Cynthia Thornton and her husband, Greg Ogden, started Green Girl Studio in 1997. They attend over 35 bead shows a year. With over 100 designs, they sell beads all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan. They live in Asheville, North Carolina.

'The names alone seduce (so, too, the finished designs).'--Booklist

'You have never seen a design and inspiration book like this one.'--Upper Midwest Bead Society Newsletter

'Exquisite... this book is packed with techniques, ideas and absolutely stunning jewelry pieces. If you love fantasy and magic, you'll love this book. If you love narrative design, you'll love this book. If you're looking for new tricks for your mixed media skill set, you'll love this book. I highly, highly recommend this book for every jewelry designer's library. It truly is enchanting.'--Margot Potter, The Impatient Crafter Blogspot

SKU: 09BD10

Author/Speaker/Editor: Cynthia Thornton

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596681576

Number Of Pages: 160

Customer Reviews

How Inspiring Review by Kathy-ann

What a wonderfully, inspirational book, there is so much to read and absorb, lots of photos, lots of information, heaps of details. Love it.

(Posted on 5/6/14)

Enchanted Adornments Review by Juliana Twombley

Great book, alot of inspiration for current and future projects, great instructions, easy to use.

(Posted on 2/16/10)