Beading with Gemstones: Beautiful Jewelry, Simple Techniques
Beading doesn’t get more elegant than this, with such gleaming gems as amethyst, quartz, and lapis lazuli. Valérie MacCarthy—whose work graces the pages of high fashion magazines around the world—has created a magnificent collection of sophisticated, unique jewelry. The 30 projects include bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings, and they tend to the playful and colorful. In addition, an entire section is dedicated to the different stones and their properties, including their spiritual and healing aspects. But what will really entice intermediate jewelers, beaders, and other general crafters are the pieces themselves: a balloon ring, festooned with seed pearls; chandelier earrings with sparkling, dangling stones; and a fireworks necklace of citrine, peridot, and apatite. Introductory chapters present all the gems, tools, and techniques used in the pieces. A Selection of the Crafter's Choice Book Club.
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24-gauge wire 26-gauge gold-filled wire amethyst apatite attach ball-end head pins Bend the wire bracelet briolettes chain segments Chain-nose pliers Round-nose chalcedony chrysoprase color count the links Cut the chain cutters Large rubberized earring loop excess wire gemstones Healing values Hold the loop inch 1.9 cm Instructions Finished jewelry jump ring Large rubberized round-nose length of 1.5-mm length of 24-gauge length of chain Links page 20 lobster clasp loop the wire necklace nose pliers peridot piece of chain pliers and twist pliers and wrap pliers Round-nose pliers pliers Wire cutters Repeat steps rose quartz Round-nose pliers Wire rubberized round-nose pliers rutile quartz seed beads shorter wire end slide clasp Slide the wire Slide this loop smoky quartz sterling silver wire stones strand Techniques Making Twisted Tools Chain-nose pliers tourmaline twist the wires Twisted Wire Loop wire 45 Wire cutters Large Wire Loop Links wire shape wrap the wire