Multistrand pieces can be confusing and difficult pieces to create at times…in comes Multistrand Jewelry. From the pages of Bead Style magazine, this book answers questions from readers about multistrand pieces and its challenges. We provide 31 projects with in-depth instruction, clearly detailing the steps for successfully creating multistrand bracelets and necklaces, using a wide range of materials. In addition, each project features a “Secret of Success” from the designer or editor for multistrand techniques.
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Author: From BeadStyle magazine
Softcover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 88 pages; 300 color photos; ISBN: 9780871164513
How to Use This Book
Tools & Materials
Multistrand Secrets for Success
Multicolored multifaceted multistrand
Seeds of change
Brass and blue
Extend a strand
Blue ribbon style
Gem collection necklace
Twist 2 necklaces
Half & half
Lush & Lucky
Focus on filigree
A new slant on bails
String a crystal sonnet
Petals & pearls cuff
Inspired by opposites
A beader’s prerogative
Stringing is something most, if not all of us, do when we start our jewelry making journeys. While many of us go on to other disciplines, stringing is still pleasurable to return too. It can also be a creative challenge. Not so much in technique but in coming up with fresh designs which say, "Wow!"
Multistrand Jewelry is a book which I just received for review. The compilation of 27 of the best bracelet and necklace designs from Bead Style magazine speaks volumes about how to make wonderful jewelry from simple techniques.
Putting together multiple strands is an excellent way to add oomph to strung designs. The projects all show how to use different findings, beads, tools and simple wire wrapping to great effect. For example, Mary Champion's necklace on the cover shows a slanted design with one clever idea - she used bails to connect the chip strands to the straight portion!
The book shares many invaluable tips which are especially useful for beginners.
Choosing the right components is essential for successful designs.
None of the techniques are difficult so the book is ideal for beginners and up. There are clear instructions as shown in the directions for the use of Gilder's Paste to colorize metal.
Simple layering of metal components are just what was needed for this lovely green piece entitled Mint Medley. If you can do a wrapped loop, you can make this lovely flower!
My favorite from the book was Addie Kidd's Carnelian Cascade necklace. The innovative clasp is actually the flower portion. What a clever variation of the button and loop closure idea! The petals are joined together with ribbon elastic. These can be opened up thus allowing the passage of a 10 mm round carnelian bead through to fasten the necklace!
All in all, a delightful collection.
-The Beading Gem's Journal