You’ll Love This Beading Project eBook If:
- You love making jewelry & want to try new mixed-media techniques
- You’re new to jewelry making & want to master basic techniques
- You want to take your beaded jewelry-making to the next level
Create mixed-media jewelry that really pops. Each jewelry making project featured in Beyond the Bead shows you how to make jewelry that incorporates new & sometimes unusual materials. Learn how to work with metals, plastics and fibers in order to create unique earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets and more.
Gather inspiration from a gallery of finished pieces and study the jewelry making techniques at your own pace. Margot shows you everything you need to create one-of-a-kind pieces of your very own. This jewelry making book is great for crafters & artist of all skil levels.
In Beyond the Bead You’ll Learn:
- How to incorporate glass, resin, plastic, polymer clay, metal clay, felt and fibers into your beaded jewelry project
- Tips & techniques for working with paper good such as ephemera and scrapbooking materials when making beaded jewelry
- How to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, brooches & more
A Word From the Author:
"I find the more I expand out from the center, the more I discover about myself and the richer and more nuanced my work becomes. There is so much to explore and learn that I find myself wishing for more hands and more hours in every day.
Think of this book as a series of pathways down which you might wander. You may wish to travel deep into the wilderness with your trusty pith helmet and scythe, or you may wish to take a short excursion and move on to explore something else. Follow your intuition and see where it leads. Take these techniques and use them to make uniquely fascinating jewelry that reflects uniquely fascinating you. The only thing I recommend is that you enjoy yourself. So if it isn’t fun, turn tail and find something that is!" — Margot Potter
Check Out This Excerpt From Beyond the Bead:
A gal needs a few tools in her arsenal if she wants to get her craft on. This is a rundown of the tools I’ve featured in this book. Of course, this is just a smattering of the selections you’ll find if you start to look — but you have to start somewhere, and this is where I recommend you start.
1. Round-Nose Pliers:
These pliers have round barrels and are used for creating loops and rounding hard wire.
2. Chain-Nose Pliers:
These pliers have flattened barrels and are used for grasping and forming hard wire.
3. Wire Cutters:
There are a variety of wire cutters, and they each have different applications. Read the packaging to find out what wires and materials work best with each tool so you don’t wreck the blades on your cutters. There is no real one-size-fits-all cutter tool.
4. Crimp Tool:
Crimp tools have two chambers used to secure wire inside crimp beads and tubes. They come in three different sizes. Use the right size for your crimp beads and tubes.
5. Melt Art Pot:
This electric-powered hot pot has heat settings for melting a variety of materials, including UTEE and wax. Clean the pot with a paper towel while it’s still warm. Take care when using and cleaning this pot because it can get extremely hot. Use the handles on the sides when pouring.
6. Soldering and Wood-Burning Tool:
If you want to do simple soldering, you’ll need a soldering tool with a heated tip. Use a soldering tool in conjunction with solder (a filler metal) and flux (a lubricating medium that prevents oxidation) to join metal pieces. The tip of a soldering tool gets extraordinarily hot, so be careful. You may also purchase a multipurpose tool with a variety of interchangeable tips for soldering and wood burning. I bought mine from Walnut Hollow. You can use the wood-burning tip in several ways. Use the pointed tip to burn lines and patterns in wood. I used it to burn the edges of paper-covered wooden stars (see page 81).
7. Hot-Fix Crystal Applicator:
The hot-fix crystal applicator is used to adhere flatbacked crystals to porous surfaces. It comes with different-sized tips to accommodate different sizes of crystals. This tool gets very hot, so use it with caution.
8. Hole Punch:
A hole punch can be used to punch holes in chipboard, thin wood and metal. Punches come in a variety of shapes, sizes and strengths. They are also available in fancy shapes perfect for using with shrink plastic.
9. Grommet Setter:
This tool is used with a small hammer to set metal grommets in leather, fabric and other surfaces. The metal cylinders come in a variety of sizes with different shaped tips.
10. Ink Applicator Tool:
This tool makes it easy to apply inks to various surfaces. Both foam and felt applicators are available. Foam works well with dye-based inks, and felt is great for alcohol inks.
11. Glass Cutting Board:
A glass cutting board makes a great surface to use when working with hot tools that might burn a desk or jeweler’s bench. It’s also a great base for cutting out materials with craft knives.
12. Paintbrushes and Sponges:
These are other crafty staples, and I recommend you have a huge array of brushes in your coffers. I love sea sponges for applying inks and paints. Makeup sponges work well, too.
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