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Thursday, July 25, 2013

SOUTACHE by Anneta Valious

Soutache, 30 gorgeous bead embroidery designs by Anneta Valious and published by Lark Books an Imprint of Sterling Publishing Co. Anneta Valious was born in Moscow. She studied psychology at the University of Moscow. Her destiny led her to France where she has lived for years with her husband and 2 children. In 2007 Anneta discovered the world of beading. For a number of months, she looked at photos of beadwork online and day dreamed. But she finally tried her hand at beading. Anneta is self taught. She learned to beadweave and do bead embroidery from books and the internet. She was already familiar with jewelry made from ornamental trims known as passementerie, having seen it exhibited in decorative art galleries in Moscow. So it wasn't long before she began incorporating Soutache into her own work. She became deeply passionate about creating her own Soutache jewelry designs and she now can't imagine life without beads. Bead embroidery with soutache allows her to create very feminine jewelry with graceful curves and to experiment with shapes and colors, even to dare to build up layers to make dimensional pieces. After launching into jewelry frabrication, she discovered the brilliance of crystals too. When she is designing pieces of jewelry she finds inspiration from pretty stones and color combinations. To begin with Anneta Valious gives us a bit of history on Soutache through time. She then makes sure you have everything you will need to make her projects by giving you lists of materials, tools, and what they are used for. Anneta takes you through the different techniques you will use. These instructions are explicitly shared and accompanied with numbered photos. Just a few of the techniques you will learn are stitching, finishing the ends of soutache, attaching soutache around a bead, making bands, and attaching soutache to a prong setting, just to mention a few. There are many more techniques available for you to learn. Now for the projects. As mentioned before there are 30 amazing projects. Each project has step by step thorough instructions accompanied by step by step photographs. Each project also has a list of items to gather. You also get a list of items needed to make the project possible such as, scissors, tape measure, needles, pencils, etc. These projects are stunning, elegant, and breath taking. Anneta makes it all possible for us with her easy to follow instructions. At the end of all the projects you will be treated with a gallery of gorgeous soutache jewelry. My overall opinion of this book is that it is a beautiful book very well planned out and written. The jewelry is stunning. I think this is a must have for all you Jewelry Artisans. If you pride yourself in giving all avenues of jewelry designing a try, then you will be as excited about Soutache as I am. This is a fun book with enough projects to keep you busy for a long time. Anneta's brilliance shines. She is just amazing. So I hope you want miss out on this publication. If you are interested in Soutache and want more information please contact Nicole McConville at: nicole@sterlingpublishing.com or Lark Jewelry and Beading at: www.larkcrafts.com

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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Monday, July 15, 2013

FOXY EPOXY By Kristal Wick

FOXY EPOXY written by Kristal Wick and published by Lark Jewelry and Beading an imprint of Sterling Publishing Company Inc. Kristal Wick is an international award winning designer and Swarovski Ambassador. Kristal has been represented in galleries spanning the globe including Canyon Road Sante Fe, New Mexico; Alaska; the Cayman Islands; Italy; Germany; and the Virgin Islands. She was previously the editor of Beading Daily.com . Kristal is the author of the books: Sassy Silky Savvy, Fabulous Fabric Beads, and Metal Clay 101 for Beaders. Kristal also has two DVD's: Mixed Media: Beaded Bracelets with Fiber Beads, Crystals, Resin and wire and Mixed Media: Jewelry Making with Handmade Beads, Crystals, Resin and More. Kristal is a jewelry design expert and blogger. Kristal teaches world wide at quilt and bead shows and cruise ships. She is a frequent guest on HGTV and PBS. Her designs have been featured in over 45 publications. Kristal has a free online newsletter at KristalWick.com. This 135 page soft cover book has 44 great epoxy clay projects. In the beginning of this book Kristal takes us through the basics on using epoxy clay. She gives you all the different techniques you will use while making these 44 projects. Then you get a run down on all the different materials, tools, and equipment you will need. Then we are introduced to all the very talented project designers. Then the projects begin. Each individual project has a material list, tools list, tips on some of the projects, and templates where needed. To all you epoxy enthusiast and those wanting to try their hand at epoxy for the first time, this book is the one to own. This book, the author and all the contributing artist are absolutely brilliant. The photography is stunning . Kristal Wick's attention to detail is meticulous. Thank you Kristal and Lark Jewelry and beading for this amazing publication.

CREATIVE SEED BEAD CONNECTIONS using wire, jump rings, and chain By Teresa Meister

Creative Seed Bead Connections: using wire, jump rings, and chain was written by Teresa Meister and published by Kalmbach Books. Teresa holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University. Today Beads are at the heart of her Jewelry designs. Teresa was profiled in the German beading magazine Perlen Poesie (issue 6). She has also contributed to Bead Unique and other beading Magazines. She teaches nationally. Okay honesty has always been very important to me. So I have to admit, I have never been very partial to seed beading. It always overwhelmed me to the max. But Teresa Meister has helped me over come my fears. Her projects in this book are not overwhelming at all. Teresa takes her time and shares her knowledge with us all. I love the way she incorporates wirework techniques in these seed beading projects. Those techniques give her designs that extra pizzazz and elegance. At the beginning of Teresa's book she tells you how to use her book so you can gain the most from it. Then she goes through the bead weaving materials and tools used in her projects. Then you get a break down of information you will need on : beadweaving techniques, wirwork techniques, and working with chain techniques. Now the Projects begin. Each project is supplied with a list of tools and materials you will need for that particular project. There are tips and detailed figures you can follow for each round. There are 13 projects but each project is for a set including necklace, bracelet and earrings. So in all actuality you are getting a lot more projects. At the end of her book, Teresa generously supplies you with a list of her resource. This book is a refreshing journey through creative seed bead connections. I give this book 2 thumbs up. If you are interested in purchasing this book you can go to your local bookstores or call the Kalmbach store at (800) 533-6644 and order your book directly. You can also go online to www.KalmbachStore.com .

Monday, July 8, 2013

Jewelry Projects from a BEADING INSIDER by Cathy Jakicic

Cathy Jakicic is from Chicago but she moved to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University in the early 80's and made it her home. She made jewelry in the early hours of the morning while working the late shift at a Milwaukee daily newspaper right after college. In 2005 she went to work as editor of Bead Style which was her dream job. After decades of beading, Cathy is still learning new skills at the annual Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee. She frequently donates her beaded work to Non Profit Organizations- primarily those who support the arts as well as health and welfare of women and families. Cathy shares her Beading secrets, tips and tricks with us all in this amazing, educational and inspirational publication. I am a very proud owner of this publication. There are certain questions I have had for a long while and just couldn't get a clear answer to. Well no more, I got my clear answers from Cathy Jakicic Brilliant Book. Cathy packs a tremendous amount of information into this 95 page publication. She even explains how to use her book to get the most out of it. She even covers the materials she used in this book such as: Beads, stringing materials, finishings, and findings. Cathy then moves on to show you the tools she used in creating the projects in this book such as: pliers, gliders paste, swellegant, sealants, patinas, and many other helpers like: calipers, beadboards, thread conditioner, buffers, and color wheel. Next you move onto Skill-Building Workshops. Cathy points out and I quote, "Making, wrapping, plain loops, wire wrapping, and crimping are the building blocks for most projects. And Mastering these crucial skills comes with a bonus: the confidence to focus on designing." Cathy helps you to realize and accept that you don't have to be perfect to make gorgeous jewelry. She points out that a quest for perfection sometimes paralyzes the creative spirit. You are taught how to wrap loops, wire crochet, gilding and buffing, bead weaving, plain loop,and crimping . Cathy points out that learning the crimping skill is very important for you to nail. It is escentual that your jewelry doesn't fall apart on the person you are gifting or selling it to. You are taught multistrand, how to wire wrap briolettes, how to custom color dye pearls, and color combinations. After learning all the skills listed above there is a very fun pause for a creativity boost. In this section you do learn how to make the most out of your bead stashes and gather inspiration from them. There is even an updated project that is kid friendly. The only hint I will give you about it is- Childhood memories revamped. In the designing with section of this book you learn how to design with gemstones. You are even given some extremely smart shopping tips that I'm so glad to know. You will marvel at the use of earthy materials such as smooth river rocks. You are taught how to over come the stumbling blocks of using lampworked and other focal masterpiece beads. Sometimes the fear of not doing those particular types of beads justice can paralyze your creativity and your quest for inspiration. Cathy thoroughly covers designing with charms, lucite, crystals, chain, ribbon, bold stones, silver, gold, copper, clear stones, exotic, and asymmetry. I have been beading for over 13 years and I have never used memory wire. I had planned on buying it many times but I literally had too many irons in the fire at the time. Cathy's memory wire project has inspired me to stop putting it off and go for it. Cathy even shows us all how to take an old piece of jewelry and restyle it to make it more you or more current. I absolutely adored the classic update on pearls, it is stunning. At the end of the book you are given a list of materials and supplies used in each amazing project. Cathy also very generously shares her resources with you. Then as if all that wasn't enough Cathy takes us all through a quick techniques review. This amazing lady covers all bases for a major home run. I highly recommend her book. Cathy is a very kind and generous author and teacher. This book is available in book stores and from Kalmbach Publishing Company. To order directly you can call (800) 533-6644 or go online at www.kalmbachstore.com