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Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon, and Cords Paperback – May 29, 2012
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"The projects in this book may be bohemian-inspired, but they’re more haute than hippie. Jewelry designers Eurto and Siegel work with ribbons and cords in their designs, and the contrast between these softer materials and the beads and stones in their jewelry is a source of inspiration." - Library Journal
"So what is a 'bohemian,' anyway? By the looks of this luscious book it is a woman who favors a soft, fluttery style accented with bits of silky ribbon, shiny beads and a supple leather strap or two (50 Shades fans, take note!). All the projects incorporate unusual elements...buttons, lace scraps, ceramic letters, leather knots, braid scraps...that surprise and inspire. The technique illustrations are both pretty and illuminating and the photography of the finished projects is both alluring and detailed enough to provide further clarification and direction to the hobbyist. Overall, a lovely addition to a jewelry-maker's library." - Publishers Weekly
"Beautiful photography, great techniques and a well laid-out format. Whether you are an experienced beader, or a week-ender--this book has lots of information on beading techniques." - Amanda Davie
"Love this book. I seriously have pages dog-earred all over the place. So many awesome ideas!" - Amy Freeland, Copper Diem
"Lorelei and Erin do a great job with introducing fibers in jewelry-making. It opens up so many possibilities! The use of fibers can help facilitate making quick projects that look stunning." - Andrew Thornton
"The layout and the photos are really great in this book and one of my favorite things is not only do they list step-by-step instructions, but also reference the tools and techniques used in each piece." - Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf
"It's fun, funky and I can't find one design I wouldn't want to wear out on a Saturday afternoon looking for antiques or sipping cafe au lait with friends." – Beth Hemmila, Hint Jewelry
"This will be an oft-referenced resource in my library. There are enough projects in here that delight my senses and tickle my fancy that I will keep coming back for more." - Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found: Inspiration is Everywhere
"The book design is lush and the projects are inviting! It is always exciting to add a few new techniques to your design tool belt and there are many I am excited to try like the half-hitch knot and the half-hitch knotted loop!" - Gaea Cannaday
"A book that will ha this summer!" - Heather "One of my favorite new art books." - Kathleen Lange Klik "It's gorgeous (really stunning photography), inspiring and helpful!" - Keirsten Giles "A beautiful book." - Kristie Roeder "The book has a ton of design ideas that will appeal to virtually everyone. Silk thread for knotting gemstones, elegant velvet ribbon for a lariat, leather in earrings...there are all kinds of things to look at and inspire you." - Lori Anderson, Pretty Things "Every piece looks like it stepped right out of a high end catalog for an edgy, hip boutique style store. And the best part of all, these generous designers share their secrets for using a variety of ribbons, leathers and cords so that you, too, can create bohemian inspired jewelry for your friends and family! Sumptuous, exotic, inspiring and lush and filled with innovative techniques, this is an absolute must have for any serious beader's library." - Margot Potter "The book is full of amazingly beautiful projects." - Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio "Wonderfully unconventional jewelry designs." - Pearl Blay - The Beading Gem's Journal "These ladies have some serious talent wracked up between them." - Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads "The instructions cover everything you need to know...from all the basics of using leather, ribbon, and cords, up to more advanced
"One of my favorite new art books." - Kathleen Lange Klik
"It's gorgeous (really stunning photography), inspiring and helpful!" - Keirsten Giles
"A beautiful book." - Kristie Roeder
"The book has a ton of design ideas that will appeal to virtually everyone. Silk thread for knotting gemstones, elegant velvet ribbon for a lariat, leather in earrings...there are all kinds of things to look at and inspire you." - Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
"Every piece looks like it stepped right out of a high end catalog for an edgy, hip boutique style store. And the best part of all, these generous designers share their secrets for using a variety of ribbons, leathers and cords so that you, too, can create bohemian inspired jewelry for your friends and family! Sumptuous, exotic, inspiring and lush and filled with innovative techniques, this is an absolute must have for any serious beader's library." - Margot Potter
"The book is full of amazingly beautiful projects." - Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio
"Wonderfully unconventional jewelry designs." - Pearl Blay - The Beading Gem's Journal
"These ladies have some serious talent wracked up between them." - Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads
"The instructions cover everything you need to know...from all the basics of using leather, ribbon, and cords, up to more advanced
About the Author
Lorelei Eurto is a prolific, self-taught jewelry designer who runs a successful Etsy jewelry business and writes a popular jewelry blog. Her jewelry has been published in Stringing, Bead Style, Bead Trends, Step by Step Beads, Creative Jewelry 2009 and 2010, plus in the books Chain Style (Interweave) and Enchanted Adornments (Interweave).
Over the past 6 years, Erin Siegel has been an accomplished jewelry designer, instructor and ceramic bead artist with a passion for sharing her knowledge, experience, and ideas. Her jewelry projects have been published in the beading magazines Stringing and Bead Trends.
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What I really love is that the magic is made from readily purchased beads and findings (except for just a few). That's better than the last book I got that had great stuff, but dependant on looking up tons of obscure resources (some out of business!). So this is an exceptional book, and it doesn't just offer beautiful designs but sets you on a different mindset, to mix things up a bit, and create even more unusual art on your own.
The only thing I would say is that it is a bit short on instructions (at least, they aren't shown with diagrams or pictures). Lots of pictures of finished products and text instructions are the core, which is fine with me as I know what I'm doing. But for a newbie, this may be a little bit frustrating at first (don't give up though!).
The photos themselves are superior, and you can see a lot of love and knowledge went into this. That says something, because I've seen some jewelry instruction books where, if you look close, the solder shows or a jump ring is barely closed. This isn't just beautiful, it's well-done.
You're in for a real treat when it comes to the project pages - as there are FIFTY designs to inspire! I was intrigued by the the alternative ways to use leather, waxed linen, and ribbon. Some of my favorite projects by the authors include "Triple Loop" and "Sakura" by Erin Siegel, and "Batik Boutique" by Lorelei Eurto. I'm drawn in by the contributor's projects as well, such as "Bohemian Wrapsody" by Tracy Statler, "Awakening Lotus" by Mary Jane Dodd and "Nouvelle" by Denise Yezbak Moore.
The authors wrap up the book with a generous list of resources so we, too, can find the beautiful art beads and unusual findings used in the projects.
I highly recommend adding this book to your jewelry design library - you'll find yourself turning to it often!
I love to make my own jewelry every so often..BUT, I didn't want to invest in a ton of books to source information I knew I'd use only occasionally.
Well..'Bohemian-inspired Jewelry......' to the rescue. For the beginner, this book offers a very good over-view of the jewelry making process (IMHO) and review of tools and materials that I haven't seen anywhere else, so far.
I'm happy Amazon offered this product for me to buy!
The photos are beautiful and the instructions are very clear and concise. (Beginning jewelry designers might perceive them as somewhat incomplete, but there are plenty of how-to books and tutorials available to fill in any knowledge gaps.) I especially appreciated the authors' alphabetical project listing of their sources of supply for each piece. I feel like part of the "In" crowd, having purchased components from at least half of the artists listed in that section.
Previous reviewers have said it all. Fans of arty, funky wearable art will love "Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry". I wish I could give it more stars!