Books on Making
Mixed Media Jewelry

The following books are a great inspiration for making mixed
media jewelry with different materials and found objects.


Making Designer Mixed-Media and Memory Jewelry: Fun and Experimental Techniques and Materials for the Home Studio

Making Designer Mixed-Media and Memory Jewelry: Fun and Experimental Techniques and Materials for the Home Studio

Using beads and other materials to make unique jewelry Boutiques and department stores are filled with jewelry featuring charms, photos, fibers, shells, recycled materials, and other exciting embellishments. This book teaches home crafters new tricks and techniques to expand the styles of fashion jewelry they create with beads and other materials. Compiled by Tammy Powley, the book includes the work of many exciting jewelry artists who are breaking new ground using mixed media materials and techniques in their work, along with step-by-step instructions.

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Semiprecious Salvage: Creating Found Art Jewelry

Semiprecious Salvage: Creating Found Art Jewelry

Semiprecious Salvage shows readers how to think beyond the techniques taught in traditional beading and jewelry books in order to create found art jewelry. Mixed-media applications like sewing, plasterwork and altering found objects tie together to create jewelry pieces such as brooches, pendants, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and belts. In addition to thought-provoking stories on the origination of some of the found items, Stephanie provides the reader with practical jewelry-making techniques that they can incorporate into their own inspired pieces. A simple, organic approach gives the reader limitless ideas for crafting their own jewelry as well as ideas for locating found items whether it be on a nature walk, ones travels or in the comforts of home.

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Beaded Jewelry with Found Objects

Beaded Jewelry with Found Objects

With the more than 30 original projects featured in Beaded Jewelry with Found Objects, and the inspiration to create more, readers are able to match designer jewelry--reflective of their impeccable taste--with each outfit they own! Professional designer and self-proclaimed 'Beadaholic, ' Carole Rodgers enthusiastically shares a striking new approach to the age-old hobby of beading--transforming easily obtainable household objects into distinctive, one-of-a-kind wearable jewelry designs. Using items that can be found in hardware stores, fishing tackle stores, flea markets, glass items, game pieces, cabochons, and other natural objects, readers of all skill levels will be beading gifts as individual as themselves. Projects, such as the Amethyst Crystal Necklace--made with a pie-shaped slice of amethyst crystal on a chain of amethyst and lavender seed beads, are photographed and accompanied by clear instructions. Basic skills, such as stitches, making neck straps and fringes, and beading around the objects used in the projects, are also explained with detailed, step-by-step instructions.

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Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects: Creative Projects, Simple Techniques

Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects: Creative Projects, Simple Techniques

After exploring the exquisite ideas and 35 projects showcased in this one-of-a-kind jewelry collection, you'll never look at found items the same way again. There are countless suggestions for recycling everyday objects, from electrical wire to soda cans, and uncovering their vast potential for beauty. Begin by examining various metal types and forms, and the techniques for shaping and cold-connecting them. Select from a range of surface finishing treatments, and find out about special skills often used for working with stones, shells, plastic, wood, and bone. The wildly creative pieces include a driftwood brooch, a bracelet with wooden game pieces, and a pendant featuring old boat charts.

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Junk to Jewelry: A Step-By-Step Guide to Using Found Objects in Jewelry You Can Actually Wear

Junk to Jewelry: A Step-By-Step Guide to Using Found Objects in Jewelry You Can Actually Wear

What do a dresser pull, a bike chain, and a cloth measuring tape have in common? Don't be silly. They all can be used to make wonderful, wearable jewelry. Junk to Jewelry presents more than 30 projects that use items from the hardware store, Granny's treasure box, the sewing basket, the junk drawer, and the tackle box to create amazing jewelry. A basics section features a tools and materials glossary, and step-by-step photos of jewelry-making techniques. Then it's time for the charming, unusual projects, all shown in full color with step-by-step instructions. A stunning gallery section provides extra inspiration, and a detailed resource list helps readers find materials they don't have lying around the house. Be a modern-day alchemist--turn junk into jewelry!

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Jewelry and Accessories from Everyday Objects: 19 Unique Projects Inspired by Found Objects and Ready-Made Materials

Jewelry and Accessories from Everyday Objects: 19 Unique Projects Inspired by Found Objects and Ready-Made Materials

Jewelry & Accessories from Everyday Objects includes 19 jewelry and accessory projects based on materials that were intended for different uses altogether. Fish lures are transformed into necklace charms, fountain pen nibs are turned into tinkling beads, tiny toy zebras are paired with ponies to become delicate dangling earrings. While the items used in Jewelry & Accessories from Everyday Objects undergo a change of context, none of them is significantly modified. Fish lures remain recognizable as fish lures, miniature zebras are still obviously miniature zebras. The objects are reused -- in their original form -- and become part of a totally new creation. Each project is described with easy-to-follow instructions and accompanied by full-color photographs of key steps. Because not all readers will have the same treasures lying around their houses, each project also comes with suggestions for similar items that can be used instead. Advice on where to buy the raw materials for the projects is included as well.

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Handmade Paper Jewelry: 40 Beautiful Projects to Make & Wear

Handmade Paper Jewelry: 40 Beautiful Projects to Make & Wear

With today's wide selection of papers, there's nothing you can't create--even jewelry, like the gorgeous pendants, necklaces, and earrings in this remarkable collection. Mulberry paper, scrapbook paper, tissue paper, handmade paper, paper flowers: these very easy, very achievable projects use every type. The 40 pieces are divided into Zen inspiration, featuring works of stunning simplicity; Nature Inspiration, including a Golden Leaves Necklace and Earrings; Fabulously Feminine, with sweet touches such as foam board hearts and silk ribbons; and For the Girls, designed for pre-teens and teens. And on nearly every spread, there's a special boxed Paper Perfected tip for successfully mastering such details as getting a smooth finish, using ultra-thick embossing powder, and painting on tissue paper.

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The Art of Resin Jewelry (DVD Edition): Layering, Casting, and Mixed Media Techniques for Creating Vintage to Contemporary Designs

The Art of Resin Jewelry (DVD Edition): Layering, Casting, and Mixed Media Techniques for Creating Vintage to Contemporary Designs

Resin jewelry is made from liquid plastic that magically turns solid when a hardener is added. Pretty cool! The popularity of these resins for jewelry making has soared with the introduction of easy-to-mix, low-odor products, ideal for crafters. Now best-selling author Sherri Haab shows how to put the miracle of modern technology to work making necklaces, bangles, bracelets, pins, earrings, and rings. Projects range from simple to sophisticated, from Bakelite-style heart pins to faux amber earrings to glitter gem bracelets, from scrimshaw bracelets to cloisonné pins to transparent resin necklaces backed with gold leaf. Packed with tips on tools, supplies, finishing, and creating special effects, including ideas on combining resins with polymer clay, The Art of Resin Jewelry is a beautiful and practical introduction to an exciting craft.

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Rubber Stamped Jewelry

Rubber Stamped Jewelry

Beautiful, one-of-a-kind projects that are easy-to-make, rubber stamped jewelry appeals not only to rubber stampers and jewelry makers but to crafters of all skill levels. These fabulous jewelry sets are created with simple techniques that lead to beautiful results. In no time at all, readers will learn invaluable techniques to create lovely earrings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches using a wide array of easy-to-find materials like fabric, paper, polymer clay and, of course, rubber stamps. Rubber Stamped Jewelry is divided into four parts: Tools & Materials Stamping Basics and Creative Alternatives Working With Wire & Beads Fiber Art. Guided by simple-to-follow instructions, crafters will find just how easy it is to fashion truly breathtaking and unique jewelry and gifts.

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Sandra McCall's Rubber Stamped Jewelry

Sandra McCall's Rubber Stamped Jewelry

Two of the most consistently popular craft topics, rubber stamping and jewelry making, come together in this book by renowned stamp artist Sandra McCall. Combining the fun of rubber stamping with the sophistication of jewelry making. Rubber stamp enthusiasts and jewelry makers alike will find this book irresistible.

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The New Jewelry: Contemporary Materials & Techniques

The New Jewelry: Contemporary Materials & Techniques

What makes a piece of jewelry special isn't the cost--it's the creativity, novelty, and originality that go into the design. And this imaginative and informative compendium of jewelry-making techniques, packed with more than 700 color images and written by the noted jeweler and instructor Carles Codina, features a range of contemporary alternative materials. From paper, wood, and polymer clay to glass, new metal formats, and plastics, each material receives detailed attention, with the key techniques demonstrated in a single, finished project. Mold and embellish paper clay to create a whimsical brooch. Fold rice paper into a sculptural bracelet. To finish in style, there are six additional items to make that build upon earlier skills, including a necklace of hollow ceramic orbs.

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Hand Felted Jewelry and Beads: 25 Artful Designs

Hand Felted Jewelry and Beads: 25 Artful Designs

Contemporary and artistic approaches to crafting trendy felt-bead jewelry are offered in this comprehensive handbook filled with detailed instructions for novices and more advanced tips for seasoned fiber artists. Techniques for creating the felted equivalent of lampworked beads, turquoise focal beads, and mokume gane look-alikes are presented along with inspiring design possibilities. All aspects of the feltmaking process are detailed, such as handling special fibers, dyeing wool, and beading on felt, as well as what types of tools are needed. Step-by-step instructions walk feltmakers through the needle-felting and wet-feltmaking techniques—including flat and three-dimensional work, inclusions, and texture applications—that are used to create wearable works of art.

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Felted Jewelry: 20 Stylish Designs

Felted Jewelry: 20 Stylish Designs

Everyone knows that felting is great for making fashionable garments--but with its bright colors, textures, and versatility, felt is the ideal medium for jewelry, too! Aimed at an audience of both general crafters and jewelry artists, this rich collection of 20 projects offers an enlightening introduction to all the important techniques, including forming a flat sheet of felt; rolling and shaping the felt ball into various forms; adding surface embellishments; and stringing and wirework. Plus, it's packed with trendy beading and needlework ideas. The jewelry box of gorgeous projects features boldly colored stickpins to wear on a hat or jacket lapel, a bracelet comprised of cylindrical felt beads, and sassy cherry and berry dangling earrings.

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Felt, Fabric, and Fiber Jewelry: 20 Beautiful Projects to Bead, Stitch, Knot, and Braid

Felt, Fabric, and Fiber Jewelry: 20 Beautiful Projects to Bead, Stitch, Knot, and Braid

Felt, Fabric, and Fiber Jewelry: 20 Beautiful Projects to Bead, Stitch, Knot, and Braid

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French-Inspired Jewelry: Creating with Vintage Beads, Buttons & Baubles

French-Inspired Jewelry: Creating with Vintage Beads, Buttons & Baubles

Celebrated designer Kaari Meng--owner of the Hollywood-based store, French General--invites beaders along to learn all about her distinctive French flea market style. Meng's projects charm with their vintage flair and feminine beauty, yet all require very little experience to make. Follow Kaari as she digs through her vast personal archives of classic beads and creates unique pieces; along the way she teaches all the basic techniques, from simple wirework to bezel setting, and explains how to build a bead collection, develop a palette, and get exquisite results from easy-to-find reproduction beads. All the chapters are organized by places of inspiration throughout the French countryside, each with its own color scheme and special necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and hair ornaments to craft.

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Charming Exchange: 25 Jewelry Projects to Create & Share

Charming Exchange: 25 Jewelry Projects to Create & Share

Readers will be introduced to techniques and inspiration for creating mixed-media charms and other jewelry items from a selection of twenty-five talented contributing artists. Together, these artists have collaborated to create a stunning charm bracelet that demonstrates techniques such as working with wire, beads, solder, fabric, found objects and more which can be applied to other crafts. In addition to reading about each individual artists inspiration and creative thought process, readers will learn how to organize art swaps or collaborations of their own.

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Ceramic Bead Jewelry: 30 Fired & Inspired Projects

Ceramic Bead Jewelry: 30 Fired & Inspired Projects

This is by far the most attractive volume on ceramic bead-making anywhere! Crafters will eagerly snap it up to learn how they can create a variety of striking projects using low-fire clay and a rainbow of colorful glazes. The basic techniques include hand-rolling, cutting, stamping, press-molding, and extruding, as well as surface embellishment, and 30 of the colorful finished jewelry projects are wonderfully simple. Nothing says love more than the flirty urban-hip ring with a metal clay arrow shot through the heart. Mimic the look of traditional majolica with a bohemian chic big-bead necklace that rivals any pricey boutique find. Charming photography captures the colors and textures of a festive, sunny outdoor market, making every page playful, fun, and accessible!

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Simple Soldered Jewelry & Accessories: A Crafter's Guide to Fashioning Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets & More

Simple Soldered Jewelry & Accessories: A Crafter's Guide to Fashioning Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets & More

Soldering has moved out of the garage shop and taken the crafting world by storm! It's a fabulous, easy-to-learn technique for creating jewelry, decorative accents, and keepsakes, and this comprehensive guide takes beginners step-by-step through all the basics: glass cutting, working with copper foil, and the actual soldering itself. Easy-to-trace patterns with glass cutting lines are included, along with vintage photos and decorative paper. Make a mini scrapbook fold-out frame to hold cherished photos and mementos. Learn to work with curved surfaces on projects such as a playful Turquoise Swirl Cuff. A comprehensive techniques section helps novices learn the basics and trouble-shoot potential problems as they work.

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Beyond Beading: Jewelry Projects to Instruct and Inspire

Beyond Beading: Jewelry Projects to Instruct and Inspire

Renowned knitwear designer Knight applies her unique flair for color, texture, and design to the world of jewelry making, presenting a must-have collection of 25 projects.

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Shared Images: The Innovative Jewelry of Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird

Shared Images: The Innovative Jewelry of Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird

Retrospective of the jewlery of Gail Bird (S. Domingo/Laguna) and Yazzie Johnson (Navajo), among the first rank of Native American artists.

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The Art of Jewelry: Wood: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration

The Art of Jewelry: Wood: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration

This third entry in the Art of Jewelry series brings crafters an eye-opening assortment of wood necklaces, bangles, and earrings to make--alongside a gallery of inspirational work from the best contemporary artists. Filled with stepped-out examples of each project in different stages, it covers all the basics, including an exploration of sawing, sanding, drilling, carving, pyrography, and painting. The 30 inspiring projects feature such standout pieces as a carved ebony ring, copper and wood brooches embellished with pyrographed patterns, and a rich mahogany pendant dotted with delicate pearls. All the items are showcased in beautiful color images, accompanied by the artists' professional insights and creative tips.

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Wild Women: Stitched Art Brooches

Wild Women: Stitched Art Brooches

Crafters and jewelry and textile artists will delight in the brooch projects in this guidebook that reveals how to make the basic shapes of lady brooches as well as how to embellish them to give each one a personality. These crafts focus on embroidery, beading, wiring, and threading for making fabulous, fun, unique pins. The instructions take the crafter from start to finish, offering 20 individual and distinct designs to create zany, funky, female-shaped jewelry.

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Making Designer Mixed-Media and Memory Jewelry: Fun and Experimental Techniques and Materials for the Home Studio

Making Designer Mixed-Media and Memory Jewelry: Fun and Experimental Techniques and Materials for the Home Studio

Using beads and other materials to make unique jewelry Boutiques and department stores are filled with jewelry featuring charms, photos, fibers, shells, recycled materials, and other exciting embellishments. This book teaches home crafters new tricks and techniques to expand the styles of fashion jewelry they create with beads and other materials. Compiled by Tammy Powley, the book includes the work of many exciting jewelry artists who are breaking new ground using mixed media materials and techniques in their work, along with step-by-step instructions.

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