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."-About.com Guide to Jewelry Making
"A fabulous treasure trove of inspiration."-ArtBeadScene.com
"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."-CraftGossip.com Jewelry Making Editor