Unexpected Findings

Unexpected Findings

50+ Clever Jewelry Designs Featuring Everyday Components

Book - 2014
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Give new life to your jewelry designs by using common jewelry findings in surprising ways.

Readers will enjoy this book as it takes a completely new approach to working with jewelry findings by focusing on nontraditional uses for them: bead frames become connectors; toggle clasps become pendants; filigree can be rolled to create tube beads or bails; and so much more.

Author Michelle Mach offers a thorough overview of the many different jewelry findings available, essential tools, and other materials, such as beads, wire, and cords and ribbons. Tips for modifying purchased findings with patinas, beads, hammering, painting, and other jewelry making techniques are also provided. Fifty jewelry projects showcase one or more findings used in a new or unusual way. The designs include necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, some of which can be taken apart and reassembled to become different pieces of jewelry. Basic jewelry making techniques, such as stringing, simple wirework, and basic metalwork, are also covered along with a thorough list of resources.

Publisher: Fort Collins, CO :, Interweave,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781620336007
Branch Call Number: 745.594 Mach 2014
Characteristics: 143 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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Oct 21, 2016

The cover promise "clever jewellry designs featuring everyday components" fooled me into thinking the projects would use common or easily found objects in ususual ways. The book actually uses bead store findings (the bits and pieces used to complete a jewellry project, like end caps, clasps and crimps) as jewellry components replacing or equal to beads. The only non-bead store component involved was hardware store washers.

The jewellry projects have detailed material lists (often more than 10 different items required) with step-by-step instructions. Some alternate designs are included. Even though instructions were clear, I wished there were more or better pictures to illustrate some steps in order to know exactly was was meant. This was most problematic when multiple objects were layered to create a focal piece, but only the completed component was photographed rather than the individual pieces.


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