Karen Mitchell, Ann Mitchell
Bead Jewelry 101 is an all-in-one essential resource for making beaded jewelry. This complete entry-level course includes 30 step-by-step projects that demonstrate fundamental methods for stringing, wire work, and more.
Begin your jewelry journey with the basics, including a photographic glossary of jewelry materials and tools. Then, learn fundamental techniques such as making wire loops, adding a clasp, and opening and closing a jump ring.
A wide variety of projects offer even more techniques. Make basic drop earrings, a beaded cluster bracelet, a woven bracelet with pearls, elegant draped chain earrings, a beaded memory wire bracelet, and much more. Build your skills with each piece you make, and try the project variations—or design your own creations. Clear step-by-step instructions and photos make the process easy and fun.
In Bead Jewelry 101 you’ll also discover:
- A world of beautiful beads, including metal, pearl, plastic, polymer clay, stone, shell, and wood.
- Approachable techniques for beading, wire work, and stringing that will boost your jewelry-making skills.
- A wide variety of jewelry styles: sophisticated, playful, chic, bohemian, and modern.
- Troubleshooting tips and quick references
Beginners will find the accompanying online videos that capture the techniques in action an invaluable resource. In no time, you’ll be making jewelry you’ll be proud to wear.
Written specifically for beginners, the books in the 101 series are complete illustrated guides to the basics of a craft that use projects presented with full-color, step-by-step instructions and photos to teach essential techniques.
Sisters Ann Mitchell and Karen Mitchell started their mixed media jewelry business, AnKara Designs, in 1991, based in Altadena, California. In addition to authoring jewelry making books, the Mitchell sisters are teachers, columnists, and craft product designers. The duo has also made numerous guest appearances on various crafting shows, including DIY Jewelry Making (YouTube) and Craft Lab (HGTV). The delicate, feminine style of their jewelry designs and their innovative ideas have appeared in feature films, television, theater, museum exhibitions, advertisements, websites, books, and magazines. http://www.ankaradesigns.com
Ann Mitchell is part of a dynamic sister team with Karen Mitchell, with a costume jewelry company called AnKara Designs based in Altadena, California. Ann and Karen make and sell jewelry and teach jewelry making classes nationwide. They also contribute articles on jewelry making to several magazines and participate in many noted arts and crafts shows annually. www.ankaradesigns.com