The Art of Forgotten Things Creating Jewelry from Objects with A Past

Explore a treasure trove of vintage objects and learn to re-make them into beautiful, exquisitely detailed pieces that tell their own story.

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Discover a masterpiece that gives new life to found objects in The Art of Forgotten Things. Imagine necklaces and bracelets using one-of-a-kind components that hint at fragments of stories that exist only in the mind, evoking a mysterious past. Author Melanie Doerman will teach you how to take exquisite mementoes from history and make them into meaningful works of wearable art.

The Art of Forgotten Things offers a brilliant new take on expressing your story within a jewelry design. Melanie shows how to create delicate beaded frames, clasps, nets, and components with seed beads and combine them with mixed-media elements for jewelry with an evocative look and feel. You’ll also find an extensive techniques section that includes instructions for flat and tubular peyote, right-angle weave, bead netting, bead embroidery, and picot edges and fringes; basic jewelry techniques such as wire wrapping; mixed-media techniques such as foiling; and additional embellishment. Detailed step-by-step instructions are provided for each project.

You'll learn about various types of beads used in the book’s projects, from tiny seed beads to crystals, pressed glass, pearls, and more, as well as other materials, tools, and "treasures" that make each creation unique.

In addition, Melanie explores using readily available materials and items that you might already have in your collection, along with directions for locating more unusual or vintage items. The Art of Forgotten Things is truly a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for all imaginative jewelry artists.
Table of Contents
Tools, Materials, and Treasures

Stitches and Techniques
Peyote Stitch Techniques
Odd-Count Flat Peyote Stitch
Decreasing in Odd-Count Peyote Stitch
Picot Edge for Peyote Stitch
Zippering Flat Peyote Stitch into a Tube
Even-Count Tubular Peyote Stitch
Increasing in Tubular Peyote Stitch
Decreasing in Tubular Peyote Stitch
Stitch in the Ditch
Right Angle Weave Techniques
Right-Angle Weave and Embellishment
Join Right-Angle Weave to Peyote Stitch
Additional Stitching Techniques
Ladder Stitch
Beaded Fringe
Tubular Netting
Spiral Rope
Jewelry and Mixed-Media Techniques
Basic Wire Wrap
Cranky Wrap
Opening and Closing a Jump Ring
Sewing Snaps to Beadwork
Beaded Components
Beaded Thimble
Beaded Cabochon with Backstitch and Picot Edge
Ribbon Link
Ribbon Strap Clasp

-Tales from the Attic
-The Story Pendant
-Sunset Boulevard
-Memory Keeper
-Dream Vessel
-Alter Ego
-Washed Ashore
-Fairy Shrine
-An Extra Pair of Hands
-Witch’s Enchantment

-La Noblesse
-Norwegian Summer Path
-Southern Belle

Tell a Story
Keep a Journal
Set Up a Creative Space

Recommended Reading
About the Author

Melanie Doerman was a beloved member of the beading and mixed-media jewelry community for many years. A popular workshop teacher and a frequent contributor to Beadwork and Belle Armoire Jewelry magazines, she lived in California with her husband Asbjorn. The Art of Forgotten Things was Melanie's first book.

SKU: 12BD04

Author/Speaker/Editor: Melanie Doerman

Format: Hardcover

ISBN 13: 9781596685482

Customer Reviews

inspirational resourse Review by Lilias

This inspiring book is well put together with lovely photographs. Some great ideas !!

(Posted on 3/9/14)