Jewelry making is one of the most diverse craft techniques, which keeps the craft challenging and fun. I’ve been making jewelry for many years and still don’t have a favorite technique as I love the inspiration of having so many choices, like stringing, stitching, and assembly. There is a technique for everyone, from those of us who like simple, to those of use who enjoy intricate details.
You can really create unique, one of a kind, personalized jewelry pieces for yourself and to give as gifts. Besides, you can never have too many earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings! I’ve compiled a list of 5 of my top jewelry basics books for you. These are must-haves and cover a wide range of jewelry techniques. The projects are awesome and the instructions easy to follow, and there are lots of illustrations and photos to help guide you. Enjoy!
Five Beading Basics Books
The Basics of Bead Stringing by Debbie Kanan is a wonderfully illustrated step-by-step book for the beginner with some great pieces to make for the more advanced beader too.
Bead Crochet Basics by Mary Libby Neiman has some great projects that combine crochet with beading, including bracelets, necklaces, and even scissor fobs.
Enjoy the traditional crafty jewelry technique of safety pin jewelry with Friendship Safety Pins by Delores Frantz. You can make holiday, school spirit, and more with this book. Think of it as string beading with safety pins as your bead wire or thread. Fun!
Bead Tube Jewelry by Nancy Zellers teaches you to bead a bead! You’ll learn the Peyote and brick stitch to create over 30 different necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Both of these stitches are the basic stepping stone to creating an amazing array of jewelry.
Simply Charms from Lark Crafts is simply a charmed book about creating some awesome pieces of jewelry using (wait for it…) charms! Charms are one of the easiest ways to learn basic jewelry techniques like jump rings. You can have a piece of sophisticated jewelry in minutes.
Don’t know what tools and supplies you’ll need? Read 15 Important Items for your Jewelry Tool Box for everything you need to get started making your own jewelry.Print This Post