Simply Modern Jewelry Designs from the Editor of Stringing Magazine

With Simply Modern Jewelry, you'll be armed with all the instruction and inspiration you need to create accessories for your entire wardrobe!

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Ever see a stylish piece of jewelry in a boutique or department store and think, "I wonder if I could make that?" With Simply Modern Jewelry, Designs from the Editor of Stringing Magazine, you'll be armed with all the instruction and inspiration you need to create accessories for your entire wardrobe!

Danielle Fox, editor of Stringing magazine, shares her expertise with this primer on how to create simple yet unforgettable accessories for the modern DIY crowd. Simply Modern Jewelry is the quick and easy guide to making fashionable necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that express personal style.

Geared to the novice beader, Simply Modern Jewelry begins with "Bead Shopping 101," a section that describes basic beads and shows how to make the most of shopping time and money. Danielle takes the reader through selecting beads, colors, and findings to achieve project success from start to finish. Basic techniques covered in the book include stringing, crimping, use of jump rings, wireworking, and knotting, and each project lists materials, tools, finished size of project, level of difficulty, technique, and complete step-by-step instructions and photos. Throughout the book Danielle provides insight into her own design process showing how easy it can be to add personal twists to the projects in the book. She also includes a step-by-step techniques section written in an easy, conversational style.

The thirty projects are divided into five chapters that highlight a design concept in jewelry-making: "Easy Does It," features projects that can be made in under an hour; "Experiment with Sizing," showcases projects that play with length; "Find Your Inspiration," illustrates how to use inspiration and translate that into projects; "Mix It Up," inspires you to experiment with new beading materials; and "Play with Symmetry," shakes up designs for an entirely new look. All the designs reflect a modern design sensibility for creating fashionable, boutique-quality jewelry.

Reviews: "If you enjoy creating up to date jewelry that has a modern flare, jewelry that is a little on the cutting edge... take a look at Simply Modern Jewelry." Guide to Jewelry Making

"A fabulous treasure trove of inspiration."

"Shows that even a beginner can create beautiful boutique quality jewelry. It's a lovely book that I highly recommend for anyone who wants to start making jewelry." Jewelry Making Editor

Table of Contents
Find Your Inspiration
  • Golden Everglades - This long necklace suit a V-neckline. Personalize it with Swarovski crystals to match your favorite outfit.
  • Rhinestone Garden - Show off an ornate bead by suspending it from a piece of chain.
  • Leopards and Limes - This thick, charmlike bracelet shows off colorful lampworked beads.
  • Back in Black - This pair of long, elegant earrings features Baroque Swarovski crystals.
  • Little Devil - Though the chain is the star of this piece, the fun word beads paired with symbol pendants creates a fabulous effect.
  • Family Style - This bracelet features tiny linked photo frames, created with bezel links, Amazing Glaze, and embossing powder.
Mix it Up
  • Punchy & Dotty - This necklace features two types of sterling silver chain and fun lampworked beads.
  • Snap Fizz Pop - Novel bottle cap beads are the superstar of this bracelet.
  • Twiggy - A medley of chains and beads creates a hodgepodge necklace that is strikingly beautiful!
  • Big Sky Bling - Leather teams up with silver barrel beads and earthy raku beads for a bracelet that never goes out of style.
  • Posh Porcupine - This simple, modern, and lightweight necklace uses silver wire and unique lampwork beads.
  • Not for Wallflowers - This feminine necklace pairs felt ribbon and floral Lucite beads.
Play with Symmetry
  • Brass Menagerie - This asymmetrical charm bracelet throws balance to the wind!
  • Aqua Bloom - This necklace is pleasantly balanced even though it's asymmetrical.
  • All Abuzz - A focal bead placed directly next to the clasp creates a pleasing arrangement in this bracelet.
  • Sorbet Songbird - A bird toggle clasp adds visual weight and balances this asymmetrical piece.
  • Industrial Chic - These hip earrings may appear identical at first, but actually showcase different patterns.
  • Dark Angel - Small- and large-link chain form swags up one side of this necklace.
Experiment with Sizing
  • Glittery Ears - These decorative chandeliers featuring golden cubic zirconia teardrops and crystal-studded flowers are an indulgence for your ears.
  • Emerald Styles - Long, delicate earrings add a feminine touch to any outfit and are just as easy to make as short earrings.
  • Royal Arachnid - Multistrand necklaces and bracelets make for eye-catching accessories. This project features a glamorized spider.
  • Cabling Casablanca - This lariat features vermeil leaf-end head pins. An easy indulgence!
  • Seeds of Chain - This matinee-length necklace is made entirely of seed beads.
Easy Does It
  • Peace Cord - If you can tie a knot, you can make this simple, stylish necklace.
  • Hoop Hoop Hooray - Simply slide your favorite beads onto hoop earrings for instant gratification.
  • Plastic Posey - This eye-catching bracelet is created with memory wire, sequins, and floral Lucite beads.
  • A Toggle to Ogle - The perfect toggle clasp is the focal point of this versatile necklace.
  • Ring Me - This ring is a great example of a piece of jewelry made using an ingenious, designer-friendly finding: a ring with a loop on top just waiting to be embellished.
About the Author

Danielle Fox is the editor of Stringing magazine. Prior to working atInterweave Press, she was an editor at House Beautiful magazine in New York City and an editor at Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine in Englewood, Colorado. She has done freelance writing for The Denver Post, The Boulder Daily Camera, Natural Home magazine, Footwear News, and Boulder magazine. Danielle lives in Longmont, Colorado.

SKU: 08BD4

Author/Speaker/Editor: Danielle Fox

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680487

Number Of Pages: 120