The first book Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry (2006), illustrates how to create beautiful silver, copper, and brass chains using simple tools; no hot torch soldering or loud power tools needed! This introductory-level manual explains the fundamentals of chain making, from hand tools, round wire metals, and explains the math to create correctly sized jump rings for different chain patterns.
We will go step-by-step through the process of creating jump rings by wrapping the wire around a knitting needle mandrel, cutting the coil into jump rings, and assembling various chain patterns. We will start with a simple 2+2+2 chain and slowly progress to the more complex Byzantine chain, which is fashioned into different geometric designs. The negative spaces within these geometric designs are fulfilled with colorful gemstone beads using a flexible beading cable and secured with a smashed crimp-tube.
With this 128-page book, you will learn how to handcraft 24 beautiful beaded chain jewelry projects from earrings and pendants to bracelets and necklaces. Scroll down to view jewelry projects, magazine articles, and customer reviews.