Designer Nealay Patel has a knack for taking traditional looks and updating them for today’s fashions. In Jewelry for the New Romantic, Patel shows you how to create 10 lacy yet edgy necklace, bracelet, and earring sets that weave crystals and beads together on simple beading wire.
• Romantic looks with a bit of an edge
• Skill levels from advanced beginner through intermediate
• 30+ fashionable jewelry projects for highly wearable pieces
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Author: Nealay Patel
Softcover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 80 pages; 200 color photos; ISBN: 9780871164278
Jewelry for the New Romantic by Nealay Patel has several surprising beautiful designs. Nealay hit upon the idea of using beading wire as part of her jewelry design. His creativity led to this book of designs. Coated beading wire is no longer a means to an end. It becomes an integral part of the design itself.
First, you see the design on the cover, where gold beading wire forms perfect loops, with gorgeous Pacific Opal bicones that connect 2 loops, forming figure 8s. But the focal point of this design is what draws the eye. It’s a series of golden wire loops and bead dangles, along with short links of chain. The beading wire loops look soft, very feminine. It is just sturdy enough not to fall and droop. Yet, unlike regular beading wire, these aren’t stiff, won’t bend and become smashed. I love the delicate look. I turned to that project first, and was pleased to see that project, and many more, show variations on the theme, and how to use the instructions to make matching earrings, and in this case, a matching bracelet too. The earrings look positively fun all by themselves. Loops of that gold beading wire have a few crystals to catch the light, then a single jump ring below contains small chain, bicone links, and small links. I think these could be made separately and be a great item for shows.
After seeing these, I skimmed through looking at other earrings in the book. The Golden Knights design also has a great earring design. Nealay took a brighter golden beading wire this time and made a series of loops around a central crystal bicone. But these loops all went the same direction. They reminded me of looking at drawings of moons going around a planet, only in this case, up and down, instead of the around we usually think of. On these loops were small gold beads and crystals, with tiny crimps holding them up. There was another small cluster of beads at the very bottom of these loops.
I found 1 other design that was very different. She created beaded square frames that were open in the middle. Inside these were various looks of beading wire, all different. And on these small loopes were various beads and crystals, in colors that match the frames. He had attached these to form large links, but even a single one would make a great pendant. And, again, he showed smaller ones for earrings.
I love the way Nealay took beading wire beyond its typical “hidden” state and brought it to the forefront. He has yet another design where loops form dangling drops, so they are interspersed along a necklace, with cluster of 2 or 3 near the end of a lariat design. Very fetching. And again, I must say it is the look of the beading wire that seems at once elegant and feminine, yet strong and dramatic.
If you work with small beads, you will love this book. And if you don’t, you need this book to expand your own creativity in how you can use beading wire as an integral part of your designs. One large focal pendant, or loops connecting larger lampwork or polymer clay beads would be a beautiful way to step off from Nealay’s designs into your own projects
-S & T Creations
A vital rule for any budding jewelry book author is to produce a publication with truly innovative designs. Only then will it stand out among thousands of such books.
Kalmbach Publishing just sent me Nealay Patel's first book, Jewelry for the New Romantic: Unexpected Techniques with Crystals and Beading Wire for review. This inspiring book is definitely a standout!
What this book offers is a novel combination of bead work with beading wire flourishes woven in. The author's take on Edwardian jewelry resulted in delightfully lacy and intricate designs which do indeed earn the romantic label.
Oklahoma-based Nealey Patel is a graphic designer who got started with beading back in high school. The pretend company for a Business Technology class happened to be a jewelry one. He enjoyed making jewelry for his class project so much he continued beading long after he left school. But selling his work eventually did not appeal so he began submitting his designs to various beading magazines and teaching.
There are just 10 jewelry set projects in his book and every single one is a winner. Nealey has a unique approach to designing. He explains, " Each piece I design is like solving a puzzle. Sometimes I see the finished design in my head, and then it shatters into a thousand pieces. I pick up those pieces and put them back together as I design."
When I first saw his Chemistry design, I thought he had used ring size memory wire coils. Not so! He wove the beading wire in a spiral fashion. This example illustrates his amazing ability to see in his mind's eye how a piece could be constructed.
The components of his Cosmic design is made from little cube beads topped with bicones and seed beads. He encourages other beaders to create their own designs from the basic technique.
He has no liking for wire work but enjoys using ordinary beading wire which is flexible and less likely to kink than bare wire. Beading wire is usually also plastic-coated which reduces tarnishing. Bonus!
The humble 7-strand beading wire while not as flexible as the 19 or 49 strand, has just the right rigidity to accomplish the bead wire weaving techniques in his book. He prefers to use nylon thread for the beading part and strongly recommends the use of several bead stoppers to help with construction.
This book is highly recommended for intermediate and advanced bead workers looking to take their beading to a new level. It's also going into my list of favorite books!
A fun and productive pastime is the making of jewelry. Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, Nealay Patel's "Jewelry for the New Romantic: Unexpected Techniques with Crystals and Beading Wire" is an 80-page compendium of ten do-it-yourself projects showcasing how to make remarkably outstanding necklaces, bracelets, and earrings using crystals and beading wire. The thoroughly 'user friendly', step-by-step instructions and techniques will enable even the most novice of craft workers to produce up to thirty quality jewelry pieces with a decidedly contemporary look. "Jewelry for the New Romantic: Unexpected Techniques with Crystals and Beading Wire" is highly recommended for personal and community library instructional reference collections.
-The Midwest Book Review
Nealay Patel's book, Jewelry for the New Romantic uses cable style beading wire as a design component instead of just as a stringing material. He takes it out from inside of beads to wrap, coil and loop as part of his designs.
The beading wire referred to in the title are plastic coated cables made of fine filaments. One of the most popular brands is Soft Flex® which comes in a lot of colors and several weights or thicknesses. It's a very strong stringing medium that's finished with crimp beads. It shapes easily without the bends, breaks and scratches that pure metal wires are prone to. The Extreme Soft Flex is used for a lot of designs in this book.
He uses that flexibility and adaptability of beading wire in lots of great projects that are suitable for both bead weavers and bead stringers. This is one of the best fusion techniques I've seen between the two sorts of beaders.
The finished jewelry is lightweight and airy looking, very lacy, romantic designs that are also very clean looking are the emphasis of this book. Also most of the designs are sets, including a necklace, bracelet and earrings.
My favorite designs include:
Gallery- Embellished and layered ladders create rectangle frames for free form beaded loops of beading wire- combines seed bead weaving techniques with stringing techniques to make a very modern looking jewelry set.
Cosmic- The shapes of Cosmic look like they would be cast and rhinestone set, but they are actually stitched cube be