Michelle Mach's new book, "Unexpected Findings", via Interweave/F+W, is the perfect book for people who want to change up the way traditional findings such as clasps, bead caps, fold-over clasps, and bails are used. There are over 50 projects from Michelle and a cadre of designers such as Barb Switzer, Erin Prais-Hintz, and Erin Strother, to name just a few. With 143 pages, there will be something for virtually every level of jewelry designer.
This photo shows (center) a piece by Michelle Mach called "California Poppy", using brass frames, filigree, and fabric stitched together. I love the layering! The gorgeous fuchsia necklace to the bottom left, "Lotus Blossom", is made with buttons, a vintage Lucite earring finding, cording, and a bezel behind it all. Very clever, and both show a way to make things that look ethereal quite sturdy by using the proper components, even if those components weren't necessarily meant to be used in that manner.
"Sweet Soiree" by contributor Lorelei Eurto shows a different way to use bead cones. I've never been good at making multi-strand necklaces, where bead cones usually show up as a way to finish the endings of the multiple strands neatly. In this bracelet, you can tackle your stash of cones with abandon to create dangles. They'd also make great earrings!
The beginning and end of the book goes over basic techniques, multiple findings, and ways to adapt them to your taste. It also includes a listing of where to find some of the findings you may never have seen before. Most of the instructions come with photos to further explain how to put things together, but a few of the tutorials do require a bit of experience with no photos other than the finished (and beautiful) jewelry. Don't let that stop you, though -- there are lots of projects of all levels and styles to choose from, from bohemian to vintage-inspired.
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- Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.