Book Introduction: Chain and Bead Jewelry; Creative Connections

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Scott David Plumlee’s second book, Chain and Bead Jewelry: Creative Connections, New Techniques for Wire-Wrapping and Bead-Setting covers eight techniques for creating chain maile and wire wrapped jewelry with beads. Each technique includes several projects which acquaint the reader with the technique, using a basic project (usually earrings) and then increase in difficulty as skills increase. It’s a nice way to make the reader confident in their new skills, and more experienced makers have a range of projects to choose from.
Plumlee offers lots of tips and tricks, as well as resources and information. He also gives a little bit of historical background for some of the traditional techniques, which I found really interesting. One of the things I love about crafting is that it involves knowledge passed down from person to person through the centuries, and I have the sense that Plumlee respects that. It’s not a focus of the book, but a nice feature. Though some of the techniques are historical, the projects have a very contemporary feel. I have never tried chain maile, but after looking through this book I have the confidence and a real desire to give it a try!

Free sample project!

Watson-Guptill, the publisher, has allowed us to share a project and excerpt with you for these cool Embellished Chaos Earrings. If you try them, let us know how they turned out!

Embellished Chaos Earrings

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  1. I love this wild tornado style of wire wrapping I’ve seen so much of lately. It has a freedom and artist feel to it, that is very pleasing to the eye. I can see my handmade polymer clay beads fitting in with this style very well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for us!

  2. jewelry tv shopping says:

    Is that one ring or is it a solitaire with a guard?