Unexpected Findings

Unexpected Findings

50+ Clever Jewelry Designs Featuring Everyday Components

eBook - 2014
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Give new life to your jewelry stash in surprising ways.

Readers will enjoy this book as it takes a completely new approach to working with findings by focusing on nontraditional uses for them: bead frames become connectors; toggle clasps become pendants; filigree can be rolled to create tube beads or bails; and so much more.

Author Michelle Mach offers a thorough overview of the many different findings available, essential tools, and other materials, such as beads, wire, and cords and ribbons. Tips for modifying purchased findings with patinas, beads, hammering, painting, and other techniques is also provided. Fifty projects showcase one or more findings used in a new or unusual way. The designs include necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, some of which can be taken apart and reassembled to become different pieces of jewelry. Basic techniques, such as stringing, simple wirework, and basic metalwork, are also covered along with a thorough list of resources.

Publisher: [United States] :, F+W Media,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781620336014
1620336014
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital
Restrictions on Access: Digital content provided by hoopla.

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Oct 21, 2016

The cover promise "clever jewellry designs featuring everyday components" fooled me into thinking the projects would use common or easily found objects in ususual ways. The book actually uses bead store findings (the bits and pieces used to complete a jewellry project, like end caps, clasps and crimps) as jewellry components replacing or equal to beads. The only non-bead store component involved was hardware store washers.

The jewellry projects have detailed material lists (often more than 10 different items required) with step-by-step instructions. Some alternate designs are included. Even though instructions were clear, I wished there were more or better pictures to illustrate some steps in order to know exactly was was meant. This was most problematic when multiple objects were layered to create a focal piece, but only the completed component was photographed rather than the individual pieces.

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