Finding Style

Finding Style

Irina Miech

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Jewelry-makers crave creative instruction for using the myriad of new materials, findings, and components available today. Who better than a renown designer and shop owner who sees and sells these fun products every day? Irina Miech has created 27 projects using innovative materials to help beaders explore emerging trends in beading supplies.

Intriguing new jewelry-making components and materials are now widely available, and jewelry makers are eager to use them. Finding Style presents “suites” of related projects featuring multiple uses for single components, encouraging designers to maximize potential and think “what if”?


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Author: Irina Miech
Softcover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 96 pages; 250 color photos; ISBN: 9781627000581


Irina Miech is an artist, teacher, and author. She oversees two retail stores, Eclectica and The Bead Studio, in Brookfield, Wis., where she teaches classes in beading, wirework, and metal clay. Her jewelry designs have been featured in Bead&Button, Bead Style, Art Jewelry, and other magazines. This is her tenth book with Kalmbach.
Introduction - Your Style is Your Story
Tools
Findings

Bezels and Settings Collection:
Basics
Crystal Botanica Earrings
Layered Filigree Ring
Eclectic Treasure Bracelet
Chic Bezeled Jewel Bracelet
Moods of the Ocean Pendant
Materials

Gear Collection:
Basics
Vintage Gears Necklace
Lantern Cluster Necklace
Vintage Gears Earrings
Chain & Gears Bracelet
Caged Jewel Necklace
Materials

Rivets and Buttons Collection:
Basics
Flat Riveted Button Earrings
Riveted Bloom Pendant
Crystal Riveted Bracelet
Crystal Riveted Necklace
Riveted Button Bracelet
Nesting Riveted Button Earrings
Materials

Stamps and Stones Collection:
Basics
Spiral Beach Stone Earrings
Urban Beach Stone Pendant
Pearls & Stones Wrist Wrap
Textured Nesting Pendant
Textured Pod Pin
Beach Stones & Glass Necklace
Materials

Tassels and Stacks Collection:
Basics
Chain Tassel Earrings
Stacked Tassel Pendant
Stacked Spinner Ring
Stacked Elegance Bracelet
Reversible Stacked Pendant
Materials

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Jewelry designer block does happen. It can be frustrating to get stuck in a rut and stumped for new ideas. So it pays to kick back and grab a book, especially one which introduces you to new components and new approaches to jewelry design.
Irina Miech is a seasoned book author and highly creative instructor who delivers just that - lots of fresh ideas for all sorts of jewelry making. I just received her latest book for review - Finding Style: How to Use Today’s Versatile Jewelry-Making Components. This 27 project book features different ways to use new components - either to the market or to you - and does a great job of getting creative juices going!
The book is divided into 5 main sections. The first one on bezels and settings is a crystal lover`s delight. That`s because Irina shows how rivolis can be quickly set with some pretty readymade bezels. There are now all kinds of designs and for different purposes - pendant, ring and four loop connectors. You don`t have to have wire, metal or beading skills to get gorgeous looking designs!
Gears as components are not necessarily just for steampunk designs. Irina`s Lantern Cluster necklace shows 4 gears used in different ways. The first gear acts as the connector for the 3 dangles and the knotted ribbon necklace. A single round faceted crystal is wired to the gear on the far left. The middle lantern element is a wiring of several perforated gears and crystals in a stacked design. The rightmost dangle actually consisted of 2 gears wired together with a sandwich of crystals at the edge. Neat!
Her rivets and buttons section is outstanding. The ability to do simple riveting opens up such much in design possibilities. Suddenly many rondelle and other metal components have different uses! Irina also covers riveted clasp ends, how to use the dapping block to curve components and hammer to jazz up designs.
In her tool section, she recommends all sorts of hole punches including the Eurotool EuroPower Punch . I would like to add I also find the EuroPower hole punch very good as it is able to punch holes in thicker metal with ease when the smaller plier types struggle. Leather too.
One of my favorite designs is her Riveted Bloom pendant, a wonderfully eclectic mix. It has the makings of a great bracelet design too.
Only simple hammering and folding with basic tools is required for the Textured Pod pin.
I also liked her kinetic Stacked Spinner ring which appears in the last section on her book. This project is one of the more challenging ones as it requires the cutting out of the ring from a metal sheet with snips and filing.
The book is suitable for late beginner and up. It is also a worthy addition to the jewelry book collections for the design ideas and great suggestions on new types of findings.
-Pearl Blay, The Beading Gem's Journal
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