You’ll Love This Jewelry Making eBook If:
- You want to learn how to create jewelry pieces in a variety of styles
- You love to make earrings, necklaces, bracelets & more
- You want to discover new techniques for working with crystals, gemstones, chain, beads & yarn when making jewelry
In Modern Expressions Fernando Dasilva shares his favorite tips and tricks for making funky, fashionable and truly fabulous jewelry pieces. Mix up your wardrobe or make a gift that is truly unique with these great projects. These jewelry designs are modern, high fashion and fabulous. Styles include vibrant colors, 80s deco & haute couture. They are also easy to recreate along with the clear & helpful instructions of Fernando Dasilva.
These pieces feature sponge beads, puzzle beads, crystal yarn, as well as heavy chain, gemstones, and crystals. In addition to 25 designer projects you’ll also get 15 fashion sketches showing you how to totally rock your new jewelry pieces. Start experimenting and soon you’ll have a new collection of glamorous, personal necklaces, bracelets, earrings & more.
In the Modern Expressions eBook You’ll Learn:
A Word From the Author:
- How to master 25 designer jewelry making projects
- Tips & techniques for creating fashion-forward, modern jewelry
- How to rock your new jewelry pieces with easy-wear tips & 15 fashion sketches
" In the following pages, you will find an assortment of styles, colors and materials, as well as lots of information that will help you keep your identity in harmony with all the fun and unique looks that fill our world. This is your chance to have fun by making fashionable accessories and gather hints through fashion illustrations so you can get the most out of your new accessories. The "À La Mode" sketches are suggestions for how to wear the pieces, taking into consideration color, style and, in the case of the necklaces, the neckline. However, you may choose to wear your creations in new and different ways, and that’s great too!" — Fernando Dasilva
Check Out This Excerpt From Modern Expressions:
In my mind, jewelry and clothing are the only true artistic expressions for transforming ideas into body adornments. Rocks, paper, plastic, crystals, gemstones, feathers, glass, natural fibers, seeds, shells, terracotta, leather, leaves, metal, wood—all of these elements can be transformed into visual artistic expressions. There are several must-haves to achieve your desired look, some of which are listed here.
Technically, findings refer to the fasteners and components used to assemble a piece of jewelry. They can be clasps, rings, eye and head pins, hooks, spacers, crimps, Bead Bumpers, ear wires, bails, connectors, caps, cones and cord ends, just to mention a few.
There are a wide range of stringing materials, from stainless steel wire and silk to rubber tubing and leather. This list can go on and on. I use stainless steel stringing wire for many of the projects in this book. Beading wire is made from stranded threads of miniature stainless steel wire, making it as strong as steel but as soft as thread. The number of miniature wires determines its flexibility. You must choose the diameter that best fits the bead hole size, unless a specific wire is called for in the instructions.
Silk thread or cord is traditionally used to string pearls and other gemstones with a knot between each bead. It comes in a wide variety of colors and sizes, and you must pick the one that works best with the bead hole size. I normally use silk that is carded and comes with a needle already attached to it.
Velour and rubber tubing are sometimes hollow and can be used by themselves or sectioned and used as spacers between other components. They can also be combined with other stringing materials.
Any series of links connected together can be called chain. Chain is my favorite material to use when creating fashionable and trendy jewelry. It gives you a chance to be subtle or extravagant, romantic or tribal. Chain is one of the most versatile components in the jewelry-making world. In this book, I used chain made of wood, acrylic, base metal, precious metal and polyester. I also fashioned chain from jump rings and connectors.
Incredible for their functionality and form, beads can be made of papier mâché, gemstones, acrylic, crystal, pearl, sponge, glass, ceramic and metal. Versatile and sometimes unexpected, beads can evoke glamour, romanticism, faith or nostalgia. As for gemstones, every season brings new stones into the jewelry market. With these additions comes a whole new spectrum of colors and shapes that excites designers all over the world and inspires them to create fresh pieces. Beads are an endless source of creativity, and I find it hard to imagine the existence of this book without them.
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