My sassy friend Margot Potter and the kind folks over at North Light Books recently sent me a couple of copies of New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry: Unexpected Combinations, Unique Designs. Margot makes me want to dust off my beads which is something I have not done in a long time. I was never much of a beader and never one to twist wire, but something about the colorful fun designs in New Dimensions makes me want to give it a whirl. There is an informative techniques and tools section to set even a novice wire twister like myself off on the right foot.
Carnavale is by far my favorite necklace in the book. An adorable wired necklace made with a combination of beads, buttons and keys. The bright fun colors and creative re-use of items really appeals to me. I also like that the necklace shows you that wire wrapping does not have to be perfect, free form looks just as good. I’d wear and make this necklace in a heartbeat.
A close second is the Kaleidoscope Necklace. One of the best things about this book is that sure there are plenty of beads as the title implies, but there are other goodies used like filigree discs and flower beads. If you can wire it, you can wear it. An objects weight is really the only thing standing in your way.
Not only necklaces Margot’s new book includes bracelet, tiara, earring and headband ideas. No matter what your favorite jewelry style, you will walk away from this book with a very strong urge to create. Margot is no stranger to the world of jewelry making as this is her 7th jewelry book for North Light, each one of them unique and inspiring.
This week we are giving away 2 copies of New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry: Unexpected Combinations, Unique Designs. Leave me a jewelry related comment and in a week I will pick 2 lucky winners!