Reviewed by Cindi Bisson
Multistrand Jewelry – Secrets for Success from the Publishers of Bead Style Magazine brings you a wide assortment of multi-strand jewelry. The book starts with information on basic techniques and tools and materials and then moves onto creativity.
Each of the 31 necklace and bracelet projects includes the necessary supplies and techniques required, stepped out instructions with color photos, an alternative design for the technique featured, and secrets for success which include more tips from the project designer, including special tricks, ideas, pointers and more. The instructions are followable, yet not so detailed multistrand, bracelets, necklaces, instructionsas to overwhelm a beginning beader; I think the projects within could be recreated by jewelry artists of any skill level with the instructions provided. The variety of designs includes delicate seed beads, bold chunky beads, asymmetrical designs, and interesting multistrand blends resulting in pieces of wearable art to suit almost any taste.
My favorite project from the book is this colorful bracelet designed by Jane Konkel which highlights fabulous paper beads made by BeadforLife.org which is is a nonprofit organization that creates jobs for a group of Ugandon people fleeing war or living with HIV/AIDS. The color, variety of sizes, and mixture of textures from the paper beads and the leather components results in what I consider to be a truly unique piece of wearable art.
In contrast, I also really like the Opal Lariat designed by Brenda Schweder. It’s neutral toned delicate strands are intertwined with opal focal beads and other interesting beads which come together beautifully.
87 Pages, softcover, full color. MSRP is $17.95. Published by www.KalmbachBooks.com.