SMP Craft
30 May

Freebie Friday: How to Bead with Wire

When I was a kid one of my favorite things to do was make my own jewelry. Granted, they were all pretty similar looking (i.e., multicolored beads herded onto a piece of string), but they were mine, darn it, and if Etsy had existed back then I would’ve had a shop set up in no time.

Luckily there are lots more options for us grown-up crafters, and I’ve got a quick and easy FREE PROJECT for you that clearly explains how to use wire (not string!) to make your own beaded jewelry.

Here’s a pretty example from our book Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelery Makers.

Birch wood and glass beads threaded with wire. Bracelet by Lucie Veilleux.

Birch wood and glass beads threaded
with wire. Bracelet by Lucie Veilleux.

 

Clear step-by-step illustrations combined with concise instructions and practical advice make this book an invaluable reference for professional jewelry makers, students, and (yep) Etsy sellers.

Green fluorite stones wrapped in sterling silver wire. Earrings by Erin Staples.

No other book currently available focuses on the use and application of ready-made settings, which are most commonly used by jewelers today. Stonesetting not only shows you how to use and incorporate these settings into existing designs but also teaches you how to make settings from scratch. Also included is an overview of tools and materials, accompanied by an in-depth guide to choosing and evaluating a variety of stones. The second part covers the range of settings available—from bezel to prong to snap settings—and uses step-by-step instructions explaining how to set cabochons, faceted stones, and other variants. A handy section in the back contains care, maintenance, and repair advice, plus a gallery of gorgeous finished pieces.

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers combines everything you need to know about this specialized craft all in one place, making this an indispensible reference for beginners and professionals alike.

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewelry Makers

Be sure to check back in on Sunday for a chance to win a copy on Goodreads!

Or if you just can’t wait (and who can blame you?), buy it now.

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Author of the Month

This month we sit down for a Q&A with Molly Goodall, artist, designer, creator of the unique children’s clothing brand, Little Goodall, and author of Wild Things to Sew and Wear. Originally from North Carolina, Molly earned her BFA in fashion design from Parsons School of Design in 1997, where she became focused on children’s wear. She then worked as a toy designer in New York before deciding "it would be more fun to be an artist" and moved to North Texas, where she, her husband, and son currently live.


Molly Goodall, author of Wild Things to Sew and Wear

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