December 21, 2010

Book Review: Chain and Bead Jewelry Geometric Connections

Ah, the simple jump ring...the most basic of jewelry supplies. But from such a simple and basic foundation, an amazing variety of complex and beautiful jewelry items can be constructed.  This book celebrates the jump ring by showing many uses for it, showing seemingly endless possibilities with very clear description and instruction.  From the very basics of working with wire and metal to make your own jump rings, earwires,  and wire wrapped beads to how to work with rings to make the most intricate jewelry designs, this book has it all!

Plumlee explores some basic chain patterns like the classic Byzantine design, and shows how it can be altered into different variations to create contemporary jewelry.  The addition of mixed metals and brightly colored stone beads makes the chain designs very modern and wearable.  The book is full of clean, clear photographs and organized steps so these complicated beauties can be easily understood and constructed.

As a jewelry artist who has not worked extensively with chain and jump rings, I am pleased to have this book in my library.  If you are interested in learning chainmaking, or are already skilled and are looking for innovative variations, I would highly recommend this book!
*FTC compliance disclosure: the book mentioned in this post was provided as a promotional gift for review or design purposes from Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House.

Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

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