Friday, May 24, 2013

Making Jewelry

Are diamonds really a girl's best friend?  Not sure about that, but we have written before about our love for jewelry. But we can't always get what we want, as the song goes. Why not make our own jewelry?  These days people are festooning themselves with all sorts of interesting decorations, not just gemstones - fabric, wire, even steampunk creations! If you are a crafty person, the library catalog has a great selection of new (and not-so-new) and definitely novel jewelry-making handbooks! Consider:

Creating Your Own Antique Jewelry: Taking Inspiration from Great Museums Around the World by Cris Dupouy

Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon, and Cords by Lorelei Eurto, Erin Siegel

Rustic Wrappings: Exploring Patina in Wire, Metal, and Glass Jewelry by Kerry Bogert.

Chained: Create Gorgeous Chain Mail Jewelry One Ring at a Time by Rebeca Mojica [eBook]

Metalwork Jewelry: 35 Step-by-Step Projects Inspired by Steampunk by Linda Peterson

Amulets and Talismans: Simple Techniques for Creating Meaningful Jewelry by Robert Dancik

Fabric Jewelry: 25 Designs to Make Using Silk, Ribbon, Buttons, and Beads by Teresa Searle

Felted Jewelry: 20 Stylish Designs by Candie Cooper

Seed Bead Fusion: 18 Projects to Stitch, Wire, and String by Rachel Nelson-Smith [eBook]

For more titles, try a subject search using "Jewelry making".

Jewelry coveters might also take note of these related tomes:

Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box by Madeleine Albright
The former secretary of state tells the stories behind the jewelry she collected from around the world.

Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family, and a Way of Life by Alicia Oltuski
A fascinating look at the diamond industry.

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