Jewelry Projects from a Beading Insider

Jewelry Projects from Beading Insider
Reviewed by Cindi Bisson
Cathy Jakicic, editor of Bead Style Magazine, shares original designs and expert advice in this informative book. Cathy shares 10 skill-building workshops, multiple projects designed with a good variety of materials, supplies & techniques, hundreds of tips and more.  The techniques are described well with good instructions and full color stepped-out photos.  The variety of project designs is diverse – delicate to bold – basic to intricate – and everything in between.  Her projects seem achievable for jewelry makers at almost any level due to her clear instructions and color step-out photos. I especially liked the section on Creativity Boosts which encourages you to take the techniques learned in the book and try some projects a bit more complex – to think a bit outside the box.
One of my favorite projects was this nifty bracelet made with paper – it’s a twist on a childhood creative project that brings it up to the grown-up level.
paper bracelet
I also thought her twist on using a wide variety of mixed-metal chains to create a unique necklace was a great idea.   I’ll be saving all my scraps of chain for sure…
 chain necklace
If you are new to the world of jewelry design, I think this book would be a good addition to your library as it covers such a wide variety of skills and working with a variety of materials. It’s a good way to learn must-needed skills, dabble with bold chunky beads, and try your hand at seed beads too.
Jewelry Projects from a Beading Insider by Cathy Jakicic is published by  95 Pages, Softcover.  MSRP is $19.95.