Explore a rustic approach to making beautiful jewelry with exciting surface effects. Rustic Wrappings is packed with over 24 wire and art bead jewelry projects and reveals the surprisingly artistic effects of applying items such as salt, vinegar, bleach, sawdust, potato chips, or baking soda to your copper, silver, brass and steel wire projects--high-end effects with low-tech techniques. Achieving these innovative effects using household products will not only inspire jewelry makers but mixed-media artists as well. Advance your technique skills when you learn how to use patinas to add rustic, weathered effects, create unique and natural-looking color combinations, and use metal wire to embroider designs on metal jewelry pieces. Beginners will benefit from detailed technique instruction, while skilled designers will enjoy the introduction to more advanced techniques. With tons of information on customizing effects for unique metal finishes, Rustic Wrappings will teach you to re-imagine your wirework jewelry projects and create fresh designs that showcase your new skill sets.
Give new life to your jewelry designs by using common jewelry findings in surprising ways. Readers will enjoy this book as it takes a completely new approach to working with jewelry findings by focusing on nontraditional uses for them: bead frames become connectors; toggle clasps become pendants; filigree can be rolled to create tube beads or bails; and so much more. Author Michelle Mach offers a thorough overview of the many different jewelry findings available, essential tools, and other materials, such as beads, wire, and cords and ribbons. Tips for modifying purchased findings with patinas, beads, hammering, painting, and other jewelry making techniques are also provided. Fifty jewelry projects showcase one or more findings used in a new or unusual way. The designs include necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, some of which can be taken apart and reassembled to become different pieces of jewelry. Basic jewelry making techniques, such as stringing, simple wirework, and basic metalwork, are also covered along with a thorough list of resources.
Around the World in 25 Designs! Travel-loving jewelry designer Anne Potter takes you on a world tour of some of the most interesting and inspiring places in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Follow along with her as she explores the people, art, architecture, and culture of each region and the aspects that inspire her jewelry designs. Without ever leaving the comfort of your own home you can: • Craft a colorful tile bracelet that mimics the trencadís mosaics of Gaudì. • Hand dye beads to create a stunning neckpiece inspired by ancient Incan knotted quipus. • Weave simple yet striking beaded earrings inspired by the motifs of Persian kilim carpets. • Upcycle colorful tin to create a gorgeous necklace that calls to mind the work of Senegalese metal sculptors. • Join antique brass filigree pieces into a unique hand bracelet that evokes the patterns of traditional Indian henna tattoos. Detailed instructions and step-by-step photos demonstrate a wide range of jewelry-making techniques, including stringing, beadweaving, wirework, macramé, metal stamping, and chain maille. Whether you're an armchair traveler or a dedicated globe trekker, Global Style Jewelry will be your trusty guide to many dynamic and diverse places and projects.
Discover a masterpiece that gives new life to found objects in The Art of Forgotten Things. Imagine necklaces and bracelets using one-of-a-kind components that hint at fragments of stories that exist only in the mind, evoking a mysterious past. Author Melanie Doerman will teach you how to take esquisite mementoes from history and make them into meaningful works of wearable art. The Art of Forgotten Things offers a brilliant new take on expressing your story within a jewelry design. Melanie shows how to create delicate beaded frames, clasps, nets, and components with seed beads and combine them with mixed-media elements for jewelry with an evocative look and feel. You'll also find an extensive techniques section that includes instructions for flat and tubular peyote, right-angle weave, bead netting, bead embroidery, and picot edges and fringes; basic jewelry techniques such as wire wrapping; mixed-media techniques such as foiling; and additional embellishment. Detailed step-by-step instructions are provided for each project. You'll learn about various types of beads used in the book's projects, from tiny seed beads to crystals, pressed glass, pearls, and more, as well as other materials, tools, and "treasures" that make each creation unique. In addition, Melanie explores using readily available materials and items that you might already have in your collection, along with directions for locating more unusual or vintage items. The Art of Forgotten Things is truly a one-of-a-kind masterpiece for all imaginative jewelry artists.
Easy-to-do techniques at the comfort of your kitchen table! Authors Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson introduce simple wire- and metalworking techniques that have big impact. Working with precut metal blanks and thin gauge sheet, as well as with inexpensive and readily available tools, you can produce results similar to much more complex metalsmithing techniques. Explore lashing, stitching, simple weaving, coils, spirals, twisted wire, and incorporating beads with wire. You'll be exposed to metal pieces being hole-punched, dapped, hammered, textured, colorized, and patinated. This book features thirty step-by-step projects that require only basic jewelry-making skills, but will result in stunning contemporary jewelry. Wire + Metal covers a wide range of styles that will appeal to beginner to advanced jewelry makers.
Build the woodland hideaway of your dreams! From an elegant gazebo on the water to a rustic log cabin, this practical guide provides complete plans and illustrated step-by-step instructions for constructing more than 20 low-cost, sturdy, and beautiful outdoor structures. With expert advice on basic building techniques, necessary tools, and safety considerations, David and Jeanie Stiles show you everything you need to know to create your own dazzling garden pavilion, tree house, sauna hut, and more.
"In Rustic, author and photographer Bret Morgan illuminates this much-loved style, giving us the definitive volume on the subject. Comprehensive in scope, Rustic visits twenty retreats that span the breadth of North America and over a century of architectural and social history. They include consummate examples of traditional rustic architecture - including the Ames Gate Lodge, H.H. Richardson's sublime pile of boulders in Massachusetts; Camp Topridge, Marjorie Merriweather Post's compound of drop-dead rustic luxury in the Adirondacks; and the Charles Millard Pratt House in southern California, an exquisite Arts and Crafts winter home designed by Greene & Greene - as well as a varied and inspiring selection of contemporary homes that includes Fortune Rock, George Howe's striking modernist home on the coast of Maine; Robert A.M. Stern's nostalgic Spruce Lodge, hidden high in the Colorado Rockies; and Ledge House, Peter Bohlin's singular masterpiece of rustic modernism in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland." --Book Jacket.
A present wrapped with ingenuity and thoughtfulness increases the pleasure for both the recipient and the giver. In this lavishly illustrated book, readers will discover everything there is to know about wrapping gifts easily, neatly, and with a touch of panache. Creative Gift Wrapping makes it easy to tackle gifts of all sizes, from a tiny box for jewelry to an oversized just-what-they-wanted surprise, and provides suggestions for alternate containers like baskets, tins, and decorated bags for odd-shaped items. Different types of paper and how to use them are discussed in detail, and there are easy-to-follow directions on making creative bows and other adornments. The heart of the book is a gallery of perfect wrappings for weddings, birthdays, Mother's and Father's day, Christmas, and other special days throughout the year. Organized by occasion, this book has step-by-step illustrated instructions for making the wrapping and adding the finishing touches. The ideas include spray-painted paper with gilded decorations, decoupage with matching tags and envelopes, stenciling paper topped with paper roses and leaves, and pierced paper tied with delicate net ribbon. An illustrated directory shows how to mix and match the various techniques. Plus, a selection of templates at the back of the book enables the reader to create the designs of his or her choice.
In traditional Polynesian societies, tattooing played a key role in the social construction of the person. This study is the first to provide a comparative analysis of tattooing in its original setting, based on a comprehensive survey of the documentary sources, both written and visual. Drawing on modern social theory, psychoanalysis, and contemporary anthropological studies of Polynesia, Alfred Gell demonstrates that tattooing formed part of a complex array of symbolic techniques for controlling sacredness and protecting the self. This framework is used to elucidate the iconographic meaning of tattoo motifs, as well as the rich corpus of mythology surrounding tattooing in certain Polynesian societies, and the complex rituals associated with the tattooing operation. However, not all ancient Polynesian societies placed an equal emphasis on tattooing, and not all exploited the basic metaphors of tattooing in the same way. Dr Gell provides a wide-ranging comparative political analysis of the main Polynesian societies in order to show consistent correlations between forms of political structure and different tattooing institutions. In this way, Wrapping in Images can be read as a general introduction to Polynesian comparative sociology, viewed from the perspective of body symbolism.