First, we have Break the Rules Bead Embroidery by Diane Hyde. This book includes "22 jewelry projects featuring innovative materials", and they certainly aren't kidding!
One of my favorite things about this book is the abundance of photos of found objects -- everything from keys to vintage belt buckles to tin toys. I was reminded of many trips I've made to huge antique malls, and if you like the unusual, this book is for you.
There are not only instructions for stitching but how to work with bits and pieces of things you may find, like cutting into china. You'll also find beautiful gallery photos of exquisite pieces in galleries throughout the book. While nearly every piece requires some level of seed beading, it's not impossible for a novice, and there are many ways you can alter the designs. This book is geared towards those who have a degree of comfort in making jewelry but want to take it to the next, rather unique level.
The second book is Vintage Jewellery Sourcebook (designers, styles, and stockists for costume and fine jewelry) by Caroline Cox. The book covers a range of jewelry from 1890 to the fun years of the 1980's.
Each decade covers a few key looks (I particularly loved the Miriam Haskell jewelry) and gives advice on how to shop for these special pieces. Finally, it lists where to buy all over the country and an extensive glossary of jewelry terms. No tutorials, but a must for the jewelry aficionado, whether you are a collector or hoping to sell estate jewelry.
Third is The Beader's Guide to Jewelry Design (A Beautiful Exploration of Unity, Balance, Color, and More) by Margie Deeb.
This gorgeous book is just full of inspiration. Merely flipping through the pages will give you tons of ideas, whether it's a new design or colorway. While many of us jewelry designers know a pretty bead when we see one, this book explains how to make things work better, from how to successfully create a repetitious rather than cacophonous design to how to use color to your best advantage, from what style necklace looks best on your body type and standard sizing for various types of jewelry. While the book does not include tutorials per se, it's a valuable tool for those who want to understand why things work and how to make things extra special. (Plus, the gallery is out of this world!)
The fourth book is one I've long been anticipating, Dallas Lovett's Woven Bead and Wire Jewelry. Dallas Lovett is an amazing wire artist I've admired ever since I began making jewelry and I hope one day to take a class with him. But now you can have a book with his gorgeous designs in them -- a full 25 projects.
This book is full of luxurious jewelry using a combination of wire, seed beads, and crystal and is not for the faint of heart. But never fear. If you are adventurous but new to wire, try some of the earrings first. Work yourself up to the extravagant necklaces after you've spent some time getting used to his various techniques. Some of the instructions are a tad sparse, so I recommend not using sterling or gold-filled wire at first, but experiment with the same gauge in a less expensive wire.
The fifth book is a fun, accessible book called Earringology (How to Make Dangles, Drops, Chandeliers, and More) by Candie Cooper. I wear earrings every single day, even if I spend the day in pajamas, so this book was particularly fun for me.
Cooper separates her styles into Playful, Laid Back, Bohemian, Be Bold, and Chic categories. The beginning of the book covers important basics like how to make your own ear wires, how to custom color metals, and how to make connection ends for leather and cording. The many earrings are quite unique, using everything from embroidery, chain, wire work, simple stringing, and mixed media to design her creations. Designs run from beginner to the more advanced. You'll have a blast with this essential book!
Finally, I reviewed Simple Soldered Jewelry and Accessories by Lisa Bluhm. I love the look of soldered charms made with glass and copper tape, and this book takes the simple to the special.
This book requires special materials (namely, a soldering iron, flux, solder, etc), but once you set yourself up with the soldering essentials, you'll find a variety of techniques, from soldering a simple square charm or pendant to working with irregularly shaped china shards, glass circles, and the like. The book also covers how to make decorative edges with solder and wire. An exceptional book that will allow you to practice with simple paper to more advanced mixed media.
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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.