French-Inspired Jewelry: Creating with Vintage Beads, Buttons and 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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3mm brass-ox plated 3mm gold-plated 5mm jump ring 8mm brass-plated Attach 8mm jump bangle bead onto eye bead onto head bezel briolettes Cable chain champagne freshwater pearl charm bracelet colors coral glass cranberry glass cut and loop directly onto chain Ear wires embedded wire embedded with wire end of chain English-cut beads eye pin Flat-nose pliers Jeweler's fuchsia belly bead garnet belly bead glass beads glass flowers glass pearl glass ring glue Needle-nose pliers green glass head pin hematite seed beads INSTRUCTIONS Jeweler's glue Needle-nose knot leaf loop directly MATERIALS Beads mother-of-pearl disk Nailhead beads necklace Needle-nose pliers Wire old beads opposite end oval jump rings piece of chain pink glass pliers Jeweler's glue pliers Wire cutters plum freshwater pearl Repeat steps ribbon ring to opposite second earring sequins Spring ring clasp strand TOOLS Flat-nose pliers TOOLS Jeweler's glue TOOLS Needle-nose pliers vermeil seed bead vintage beads vintage glass wire wrap