Make a Statement: 25 Handcrafted Jewelry & Accessory Projects
Janet Crowther, Katie Covington
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
From runways to boutiques, statement jewelry has become the coveted accessory. In Make a Statement, jewelry designers and co-founders of For the Makers Janet Crowther and Katie Covington share their trade secrets for using basic techniques and easy-to-source materials to make stylish jewelry and accessories, from a gold bib necklace and geometric hoop earrings to a classic charm bracelet and elegant shoe clips. Featuring gorgeous watercolor how-to illustrations, an introduction to the basic tools needed, and helpful information on sourcing high quality, affordable materials, Make a Statement will inspire readers to craft pieces to dress up any outfit.
the braid end flow for a beach-ready look. Gemstone Cobra Knot while working on pieces for this book, we were excited about incorporating some of our treasured finds into projects that look and feel like fine jewelry. These delicate emerald stones are luxe but, because of their size and rough facets, they are inexpensive and easy to find at your local bead shop. Other tiny gemstones like garnet, amethyst, or pearls would be lovely in this style, but we recommend sticking to a natural stone.
head, eye, or pin diameter is larger than the hole in the bead, so that it keeps it from slipping off, and that there’s enough room on the end for a loop. If you don’t have an eye pin on hand, you can use wire to create a loop on each end. jump rings are round or oval wire rings used to attach or connect one element (like a chain) to another element (like a clasp). They come in any thickness, diameter, or ﬁnish. Your jewelry is only as strong as the weakest jump ring you use, so make sure the
hinged closure, they are durable and secure for day-to-day wear. MATERIALS 25 BEADING AND STRINGING MATERIALS Bead stringing is the act of threading beads onto a strand of wire or thread. Beaded strands can then be attached with a clasp to create a bracelet or necklace, or incorporated into a more complex design. Beading Wire Beading wire is a durable, ﬂexible wire made from thin strands of stainless steel that are covered with nylon. The number of tiny wires, also known as strands,
will fray when cut. We particularly love using thin, diaphanous fabrics like chiffon and silk in jewelry. Ribbon Ribbon adds color, texture, and softness to jewelry that we love. It can be found at fabric and trim stores as well as many jewelry stores. Silk, cotton, velvet, linen, or any other natural ﬁber will be the most comfortable materials against your skin. If you’re using ribbon as a tieback or to support the weight of a style, choose a thicker, heavier ribbon. If you’d like to experiment
Ruler 2 silver post findings with 3-mm-dia. pad Clippers Chain-nose pliers E-6000 glue i n st r u ct i o n s 1 Cut the cable chain in half. 2 Using the chain-nose pliers and a small jump ring, attach one end of the chain to the triangle bead. 3 Attach the other end of the chain to one of the loops in the butterfly back component. 4 Flip the triangle over so it’s wrong-side up on the work surface. Add a dab of E-6000 glue to the back of the triangle and place the pad of the earring post on