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Jewelry: The Body Transformed
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Released: 2018-11-12
Hardcover (280 pages)

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A cross-cultural examination of jewelry spanning 5,000 years that investigates not only the objects themselves but also the bodies they decorated

As an art form, jewelry is defined primarily through its connection to and interaction with the body—extending it, amplifying it, accentuating it, distorting it, concealing it, or transforming it. But how is the meaning of jewelry bound to the body that wears it?
 
Establishing six different modes of ornamenting the body—Deconstructed, Divine, Regal, Idealized, Alluring, and Resplendent—this artfully designed book illustrates how these various definitions of the body give meaning to the jewelry that adorns it. More than 200 examples of exceptional jewelry and ornaments, created across the globe from antiquity to the present, are shown alongside paintings and sculptures of bejeweled bodies to demonstrate the social, political, and aesthetic role of jewelry. From earflares of warrior heroes in Pre-Columbian Peru to designs by Yves Saint-Laurent, these precious and most intimate works of art provide insight not only about the wearer but also into the designers, artisans, and cultures that produced them.
Mastering Contemporary Jewelry Design: Inspiration, Process, and Finding Your Voice
By Loretta Lam

Schiffer
Hardcover (192 pages)

Mastering Contemporary Jewelry Design: Inspiration, Process, and Finding Your Voice
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An accessible and easy to use guide to the principles and elements of jewelry design, this resource helps jewelry makers of all skill levels to take their designs from good to great. Instructor and expert Loretta Lam offers guidance on working with a wide array of materials, along with exercises to help you explore new design concepts before applying them to your work directly. Dozens of stunning examples from designers around the world help to inspire anyone looking for a new source of creativity. Learn how to discover your personal inspiration and process; master the use of the design elements and principles; establish a design hierarchy and find your voice; draw on the inestimable value of critique; and more. You will keep this book close at hand and pick it up time and again for inspiration and as an essential reference.
Wire-Wrapped Jewelry Techniques: Tools and Inspiration for Creating Your Own Fashionable Jewelry (Fox Chapel Publishing) 30 Expert Wire-Wrapping Techniques Step-by-Step, plus 8 Stylish Projects
By Lora S. Irish

Design Originals
Released: 2018-09-10
Paperback (176 pages)

Wire-Wrapped Jewelry Techniques: Tools and Inspiration for Creating Your Own Fashionable Jewelry (Fox Chapel Publishing) 30 Expert Wire-Wrapping Techniques Step-by-Step, plus 8 Stylish Projects
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This comprehensive guide to wire-wrapping jewelry covers all the techniques beginners need to know!

  • 30 expert wire wrapping techniques step-by-step, including simple loops, cluster wrap, adding beads to wrapping wire, adding a coil element, wrapping sequential layers, and more
  • 8 stylish DIY projects for statement jewelry like necklaces, pendants, hairpins, and earrings
  • Comprehensive guide includes step-by-step instructions, lists of materials and tools needed, and helpful tips and tricks
  • Beginner-friendly for anyone who is new to wire wrapping or just wants to brush up on techniques

Wire wrapping is a quick and easy technique that will take your jewelry craft to the next level. A little wire, a few simple tools, and some brightly colored beads are all you need to start creating your own intriguing fashion statements! By adding new wires to basic links, you can alter simple shapes into complex and fascinating focal designs.

Wire-Wrapped Jewelry Techniques teaches 30 expert wire wrapping methods for jewelry wire, such as forming bent-wire links, working a wrapping pattern, wrapping sequential layers, embellishing decorative loops, adding coil elements, and much more. This comprehensive guide to wire wrap jewelry includes 8 step-by-step projects for stunning necklaces, pendants, hairpins, and earrings.

Internationally recognized craft author and instructor Lora S. Irish shows you how to use a handful of tools and materials to produce fun and elegant pieces simply by learning the basic steps. Achieve that bold designer look without breaking the bank!

In Wire-Wrapped Jewelry Techniques, you'll learn how to:

  • Add texture using tightly packed wire‑wrapped coils
  • Add a grunge look using random, loosely packed twists and turns
  • Add bead clusters anywhere on a bent‑wire link
  • Secure free-floating arms and anchor open hoops
  • Experiment with added coils and beaded wires
  • Create intricate woven patterns with wire
  • Create connecting loops to add side chains and earring hooks
  • And much more!

This handy jewelry guide from the legendary Lora Irish will have even beginners creating eye candy jewelry that's runway ready!

"It may take practice to get as good as Irish... but it will surely be worth it"
BRISTOL HERALD COURIER

"[Lora] takes you through the basics... and then sets you on the path to designing your own pieces right away so you can free your inner jewelry artist"
—CRAFT GOSSIP

"If you are interested in designing jewelry using wire‑wrapping techniques, then [Lora Irish's book] is a must"
—NIGHTOWLREVIEWS.COM

Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques
By Susanne Gänsicke

J. Paul Getty Museum
Released: 2019-06-18
Paperback (132 pages)

Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques
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What is a cabochon? What are the various types of gilding? What is vermeil? This accessible book—the first of its kind—offers concise explanations of key jewelry terms. The fascination with personal adornment is universal. It is a preoccupation that is primal, instinctive, and uniquely human. Jewelry encompasses a seemingly endless number of ornaments produced across time and in all cultures. The range of materials and techniques used in its construction is extraordinary, even revolutionary, with new substances and methods of fabrication added with every generation. In any given society, master artisans have devoted their time, energy, and talent to the fine art of jewelry making, creating some of the most spectacular objects known to humankind.
 
This volume, geared toward jewelry makers, scholars, scientists, students, and fashionistas alike, begins with a lively introduction that offers a cultural history of jewelry and its production. The main text provides information on the most common, iconic, and culturally significant forms of jewelry and also covers materials, techniques, and manufacturing processes. Containing more than eighty color illustrations, this guide will be invaluable to all those wishing to increase their understanding and enjoyment of the art of jewelry.
 
The Complete Book of Jewelry Making: A Full-Color Introduction to the Jeweler's Art
By Carles Codina

Codina, Carles
Paperback (160 pages)

The Complete Book of Jewelry Making: A Full-Color Introduction to the Jeweler s Art
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This amazingly comprehensive guide to the jeweler’s art is a goldmine of information—big, beautiful, and with hundreds of color photos. It’s simply the handsomest, most complete sourcebook available, with its enlightening discussion of basic metallurgy (alloying, smelting, annealing, and pickling), and professional-quality techniques for cutting, piercing, soldering, and making closures and rings. Learn the tricks of the trade for enhancing surfaces; etching, combining metals, creating textures, adding color; engraving; enameling; and gem setting. Seven magnificently presented projects include a silver repoussé pendant, an articulated gold bracelet with clasp, a multiple loop-in-loop chain, and a square hollow-construction ring to die for.
Eco Jewelry Handbook: A Practical Guide for a Healthy, Safe and Sustainable Studio
By Christine Dhein

Brynmorgen Press
Paperback (150 pages)

Eco Jewelry Handbook: A Practical Guide for a Healthy, Safe and Sustainable Studio
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The Eco Jewelry Handbook by Christine Dhein is an essential resource for jewelers who are concerned about health and safety in the studio, and people who care about the impact of mining precious materials on people and the planet. The quick-reference format makes it easy to access the information needed to make more informed decisions about studio practice and materials sourcing. Available in print and digital editions.
Jewellery Making Journal: Business Organiser for Jewellery Makers and Designers | Design Portfolio, Project Tracker & Ideas Sketchbook, Inventory Log | Grey Kraft & Rose Gold Cover
By Just Plan Books

Independently published
Paperback (129 pages)

Jewellery Making Journal: Business Organiser for Jewellery Makers and Designers | Design Portfolio, Project Tracker & Ideas Sketchbook, Inventory Log | Grey Kraft & Rose Gold Cover
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This Jewellery Making Journal has been designed to help jewellery makers with their hobby or business. Keeping track of components and costs can be the most challenging aspect of any craft and this journal will help you do just that. With pages to track and record designs and costs, templates for new ideas, and an inventory to keep track the cost of components, you will be able to price your items with confidence and ease.

Design Portfolio

Plenty of space to record each items name, a photo or sketch, and notes on each design. Each page includes an area to record components used, quantity and cost. Work out the total cost & your selling price to ensure you have accounted for everything. The perfect reference for repeating a design later.

Projects & Ideas

Project planner with space to note projects, materials needed, time & cost estimates, start & finish dates, and project source.

Ideas templates to sketch out new ideas. Templates for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, with space for notes on each design.

Inventory

Track each component in your inventory and record colour & size, where purchased, total cost, quantity received and cost per item.

Shopping Lists & Notes

Handy shopping or inventory checklists organised by category - beads, findings, threads, tools, storage & packaging, & other for miscellaneous items. Blank checklists also included.

Plenty of notes pages to add your own details or to quickly jot down ideas.

The perfect gift for any beader in your life whatever their level of expertise. Great for beginners and experienced jewellery makers alike to organise the more challenging aspects of the hobby such as keeping track of supplies and costs as well as keeping on top of projects and works in progress.

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making and Beading
By Chris Franchetti Michaels

Wiley Publishing
Jewelry Making & Beading Paperback (304 pages)

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making and Beading
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  • Features detailed color photos that demonstrate each step and helpful tips that provide additional guidance
  • Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review
  • Made in USA
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You've probably coveted jewelry you've seen in artsy boutiques and fashion magazines or envied friends who have the perfect bling to accent everything. With this book, you'll learn to craft designs that are chic but inexpensive. With hundreds of detailed photos, this book covers tools and supplies, bead stringing and weaving, wire wrapping, and more. Terrific projects will get you started and inspire you to create your own jewelry and beadwork designs.

Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review

  • Each skill or technique is defined and described
  • Detailed color photos demonstrate each step

  • Step-by-step instructions accompany each photo

  • Helpful tips provide additional guidance

Warman's Costume Jewelry: Identification and Price Guide
By Pamela Y. Wiggins

Warman's
Paperback (256 pages)

Warman s Costume Jewelry: Identification and Price Guide
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  • Krause Publications
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From disposable bauble to collectible art form!

Stylish and beautiful, vintage costume jewelry ignites the passions of collectors and fashionistas alike. Originally created as an inexpensive accessory to be worn and then discarded, costume jewelry is now considered an art form worth many times its original purchase price!

Warman's Costume Jewelry sparkles with wearable art creating during the past 100 years, spanning the Victorian era through the early part of the 21st century. Dazzling jewelry images, histories, profiles, and current market values are presented by one of the most highly regarded jewelry experts in the country, Pamela Y. Wiggins.

  • Detailed descriptions and up-to-date pricing information for more than 750 pieces of jewelry
  • Valuable background information about jewelry designers and manufacturers
  • Tips on dating and identifying costume jewelry
Warman's Costume Jewelry offers a brilliant showcase for all the glitters!

Creative Beaded Jewelry: 33 Exquisite Designs Inspired by the Arts of China, Japan, India and Tibet
By Carolyn Schulz

Tuttle Publishing
Released: 2016-10-18
Paperback (80 pages)

Creative Beaded Jewelry: 33 Exquisite Designs Inspired by the Arts of China, Japan, India and Tibet
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Craft colorful and unique jewelry with this Asian-inspired craft book.

Bracelets embellished with Chinese floral and butterfly motifs, a gold-and-pearl lariat inspired by the fridges of a Persian carpet, and the popular Shamballa bracelet— these are just a few of the many artful pieces you'll learn to make in this wonderful new DIY jewelry book.

Jewelry techniques include:
  • Wire Strung Jewelry
  • Loop & Chain Jewelry
  • Memory Wire Jewelry
  • Knotted Jewelry
  • Elastic Cord Bracelets
Suitable for novices and experienced jewelry-making experts alike, some of the projects take just a few minutes to complete, and all of them are fun and inexpensive to do. They result in jewelry that looks great and can be worn anywhere! Most of the 33 jewelry projects in this jewelry making book use materials you can find at any craft store.

Each chapter in Creative Beaded Jewelry takes you through the basics of a different stringing method and then sets you on an adventure through the many ways you can use it to create personalized designs.



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