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Best Jewelry Books: Learn about an Amazing Adornment

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Today, on the Birth Anniversary of Peter Carl Fabergé, a Russian jeweler, best known for the famous Fabergé eggs made using precious metals and gemstones, we have come up with this blog-post dedicated to the glorious journey of “Jewelry” from prehistoric to contemporary era of humankind.

Enlisted below the well-received books on Jewelry Designs as well as Jewelry Making that will escort the readers to an amalgamated world of beauty and creativity.  

Vintage Jewelry Design: Classics to Collect & Wear – This gorgeous coffee-table book, with a foreword by influential jeweler Gerda Flöckinger, showcases classic vintage jewelry from the past 100 years. Featuring examples that epitomize the iconic styles of each decade, it offers an overview of the most influential designers including Tiffany, Cartier, Fabergé, and Chanel), their sources of inspiration, and materials of choice. Photos display a selection of rare and remarkable pieces from museums and private owners, and a vintage shopping guide gives tips on spotting fakes, caring for purchases, and other important facts collectors should know.

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making and Beading – You’ve probably coveted jewelry you’ve seen in artsy boutiques and fashion magazines or envied friends who have the perfect bling to accentuate everything. With this book, you’ll learn to craft designs that are chic but inexpensive. With hundreds of detailed photos, this book covers tools and supplies, bead stringing and weaving, wire wrapping, and more. Terrific projects will get you started and inspire you to create your own jewelry and beadwork designs.

7000 Years of Jewelry – This is the most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated history of jewelry. It explores the varied styles, techniques and materials used to make jewelry in many civilizations throughout the world and across the millennia. Egyptian necklaces, Celtic torcs, South American gold masks, Renaissance pendants and Art Nouveau buckles are examples of the range of the masterpieces described and illustrated with 400 superb photographs.

500 Silver Jewelry Designs: The Powerful Allure of a Precious Metal – From time-honored forging of cuffs and chokers to cutting-edge brooches and rings, silver’s beauty is fully revealed in a range of techniques, styles, and forms that will delight readers. This new addition to the 500 gallery-book series presents an outstanding and visually diverse collection of handmade silver art jewelry by both established and emerging international designers. This book will inspire jewelers and crafters of all media, and makes a gorgeous and delightful gift book for women and men who dream of wearing the world’s finest jewelry creations.

Jewelry Designs from Nature: Woodlands, Gardens, Sea: Art Bead Jewelry Designs Inspired by Nature – In this book Heather Powers reveals her creative process and guides readers through 30 nature inspired bracelet, necklace and earring projects. She shows readers that there is a method behind using simple stringing and other basic jewelry-making techniques to produce jaw-dropping results. Readers will learn to design pieces with simple techniques, chain, wire, findings, crystals, seed beads and art beads in standard sizes.

Bead on a Wire: Making Handcrafted Wire and Beaded Jewelry – In this latest book, author Sharilyn Miller shows crafters of all levels how to get in on the popularity of jewelry and beading, with an in-depth section on design and construction techniques that makes it simple to get started. With more than 20 step-by-step bead and wire jewelry projects, including gorgeous earrings, necklaces, brooches and bracelets, it only takes a few basic steps to start making fashionable jewelry that’s guaranteed to trigger compliments.

Hope, our readers, especially women, would love going through these books in order to add more beauty in their appearances.

Craft Books for Hobbies to Explore During Vacations

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Author: Sherry Helms

Summer is here and it’s time for holidays to chill around in beating hot days. In coming months, housewives and students will have a break from their exhaustive daily routine and schooling hours. It’s time for them to have fun all around, to hone their contemporary hobbies as well as to grow some new ones.

Scrapbooking, Mixed Media, Mosaic, Stenciling and Toy making are some exciting indoor hobbies that housewives and students can develop during these cozy hours and use them to enhance the decoration of their houses.  But the fun in learning these hobbies would be vanished, if they go out of the home in sizzling summer days to explore the hobbies. Here, we have brought a solution to this quandary.   We are offering a list of widely-acknowledged Craft Books on these hobbies that housewives or students may curl up with under home cooling and learn about the tools and techniques of these hobbies. Here’s the list:

Scrapbooking Made Easy – This book is the best place to start with the hobby of scrapbooking. At its core is the notion that even the simplest pages will make for treasured family heirlooms. While starting with quick ways to enhance layouts, and gradually moving on to more advanced techniques, it offers the basic techniques of scrapbooking in a step-by-step process. It also includes popular articles from Simple Scrapbooks magazine.

The Encyclopedia of Scrapbooking Tools & Techniques – Covering A-to-Z techniques, every major designer and all scrapbook possibility, this encyclopedia of scrapbooking is described in glossary style and completed with photos and tips that no scrapbooker can do without. It further includes dozens of projects come from the most creative minds in the field like Andrea Grossman (Mrs. Grossman’s Paper Company); Rhonda Anderson (Creative Memories); Bridgette Server (Making Memories); etc.

Surface Treatment Workshop: Explore 45 Mixed-Media Techniques – Mixed Media is an artwork which involves application of more than one medium of visual art forms. So, if you are pondering how to begin a new piece of art then this book has the answer. The authors of Image Transfer Workshop are back to show you 45 stepped-out mixed-media techniques that will add depth and texture to your artwork. These techniques are the perfect jump-off point for creating art you will love to look at, and, in some cases, touch.

Flavor for Mixed Media: A Feast of Techniques for Texture, Color and Layers – You are invited to a fanciful feast of color, textures and luscious layers that will tempt even the most discriminating painter’s palette. In this book, artist Mary Beth Shaw shares her mixed media painting techniques for working with color, incorporating many different textures, creating multiple layers, developing a distinct flavor and making all sorts of clever combinations.

Mosaics: Inspiration and Original Projects for Interiors and Exteriors – The art of mosaic has been around for centuries. This book brings the process into the present, as two accomplished artists Candace Bahouth and Kaffe Fassett invite readers to explore dramatic color combinations using a variety of materials. This is a rich collection of creative projects for both interiors and exteriors, including detailed instructions for working with broken crockery and tiles, and preparing items such as window frames and mirrors. The book offers stunning yet practical ideas — from a fine mosaic vase and window surround to a mosaic garden terrace, table, and planter.

The Complete Stenciling Handbook – With the simple stencil — a template that lets you easily create a painted shape on a surface and allows you to repeat the exact pattern wherever and whenever you wish — you can transform and beautify just about any surface from boxes to walls to floors. This special book of Stenciling is a compendium of the latest techniques, tools, equipment and materials, presenting innovative methods and products that have taken stenciling from a rustic craft to a breathtaking art form.

Stencil 101: Make Your Mark with 25 Reusable Stencils and Step-by-Step Instructions – With this incredible, entirely original stencil collection anyone can learn to make their mark. This book in handy portfolio format includes 25 reusable stencils along with tips and tricks for stenciling on all sorts of surfaces, from walls and furniture to T-shirts, cards, and even cake. Stencil expert Ed Roth has chosen for you his favorite designs, ranging from urban-cool boom boxes and power lines to naturally fanciful sparrows and branches.

Make These Toys: 101 Clever Creations Using Everyday ItemsFocusing on fun and homemade projects, this is an ingeniously simple and fully-illustrated book for crafting toys from objects found around the house or that can be purchased for a fraction of what a commercially-produced toy can cost. With everyday objects from cardboard tubing to paper to clothespins, readers will discover how to make toys like a milk carton balloon boat, a rubber band banjo, a cardboard tube kaleidoscope, an embroidery hoop tambourine, and many more.

All these books can be accessed from our mega Online Bookstore. In case, our readers are interested in exploring some other crafts and hobbies, they can browse through Crafts & Hobbies Books category having tens of thousands titles under sub categories like Appliqué, Beadwork, Boatbuilding, Bookbinding, Cabinetmakers, Candle Making, Carving, Ceramics, Crocheting, Embroidery, Framing, Gilding, Handicraft, Knitting, Marquetry, Mosaics, Needlework, Paper crafts, Parchment, Patchwork, Potpourri, Pottery, Puppetry, etc.  

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