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Eurto Lorelei
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25 April 2012
Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry presents fifty beautiful designs that explore the rapidly growing trend of using cords and ribbon in jewelry. Inside this colorful instruction book are clear steps for incorporating these trendy materials into designs. From basic jewelry-making techniques, including stringing, knotting, and wire wrapping, to more advanced steps, such as knotted loops and button clasps, Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry is perfect for all levels of jewelry makers interested in creating beautiful, hip designs. Artists Erin Siegel and Lorelei Eurto excel in maximizing jewelry-making possibilities using a simplicity-focused foundation—simple materials, simple techniques, affordable prices. Joined by several top designers, including Denise Yezbak Moore, Tracy Statler, and Mary Jane Dodd, this duo offers plenty of great projects and inspiration in Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (25 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596684984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596684980
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 21.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The projects in this book may be bohemian-inspired, but they're more haute than hippie. Jewelry designers Eurto and Siegel work with ribbons and cords in their designs, and the contrast between these softer materials and the beads and stones in their jewelry is a source of inspiration." -- "Library Journal" "So what is a "bohemian, anyway? By the looks of this luscious book it is a woman who favors a soft, fluttery style accented with bits of silky ribbon, shiny beads and a supple leather strap or two (50 Shades fans, take note!). All the projects incorporate unusual elements...buttons, lace scraps, ceramic letters, leather knots, braid scraps...that surprise and inspire. The technique illustrations are both pretty and illuminating and the photography of the finished projects is both alluring and detailed enough to provide further clarification and direction to the hobbyist. Overall, a lovely addition to a jewelry-maker's library." - "Publishers Weekly" "Beautiful photography, great techniques and a well laid-out format. Whether you are an experienced beader, or a week-ender--this book has lots of information on beading techniques." - "Amanda Davie " "Love this book. I seriously have pages dog-earred all over the place. So many awesome ideas!" - " Amy Freeland, Copper Diem " "Lorelei and Erin do a great job with introducing fibers in jewelry-making. It opens up so many possibilities! The use of fibers can help facilitate making quick projects that look stunning." - "Andrew Thornton " "The layout and the photos are really great in this book and one of my favorite things is not only do they list step-by-step instructions, but also reference the tools and techniques used in each piece." - "Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf" "It's fun, funky and I can't find one design I wouldn't want to wear out on a Saturday afternoon looking for antiques or sipping cafe au lait with friends." - "Beth Hemmila, Hint Jewelry" "This will b Lovers of distinctive jewellery will find some fabulous ideas in this book. From simple techniques such as wire-wrapping to the more advanced such as knotted loops and button clasps, there's an excellent selection of projects for all skill levels and tastes. Every design has clear instructions that are easy for even a beginner to follow, while offering a jumping-off point for your own creativity. The authors focus on simple materials that are easy to find, and their designs are the perfect showcase for your own handmade or shop-bought beads. If you're looking for really unique jewellery - whether for yourself or to make for friends - then this is the book for you.-Handmade Living

About the Author

Lorelei Eurto runs a successful Etsy jewelry business. She has been published in Stringing, Bead Style, Bead Trends, Step by Step Beads, Creative Jewelry 2009 and 2010, and in the books Chain Style and Enchanted Adornments (both Interweave). She lives in upstate New York. Erin Siegel is an accomplished jewelry designer, instructor, and ceramic bead artist. Her jewelry projects have been published in the beading magazines Stringing and Bead Trends. She lives in Massachusetts.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ribbon Mania 25 July 2012
By Helen K
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When I received this book and initially looked through it, I wasn't particularly enthralled, however, a couple of readings later I am excited by the prospect of completing the projects and I haven't put down the book for a couple of days. The instructions are a little disappointing as they are not really explicit enough, no pictures to lend a hand (although the photographs of the projects are very clear) and may not be very easy for a beginner to work out. I also noted that the quantities of cord and ribbon aren't very generous, so I would suggest using extra, just in case. The projects are all lovely and the ribbons and cords which may be bought to your own taste, will make unique jewellery, albeit a little 'Glastonbury festival ish'. I gave this book 4 stars because of the instructions niggle and for the material quantities, but overall it's a nice book.
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Apologies for late feedback. I love this book - given me lots of ideas. Thanks so much for the quick dispatch!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jewellery book 16 Nov 2013
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Well made book, good descriptions and pictures, a very good deal. I will certainly buy from you in the future !
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book. 28 Oct 2012
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I bought this book because I follow the author's blog.
I was not disappointed. There are lots of beautiful, wearable and inspirational designs, plus clear and helpful instructions.
Well worth the cost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous collaboration from two totally hip designers and a few of their friends as well! 16 May 2012
By Jean Baldridge Yates - Published on
This unique and hip book has 50 designs the reader can enjoy making!
If you think of what is on trend right now, and you like the style of boho chic, you will truly love this smashing book!
The authors, along with contributors Mary Jane Dodd, Denise Yezbak Moore, and Tracy Statler, offer you tons of accessible ways to use cords, ribbon, leather and other fashionable materials in combination with organic type components and lots of color, color, color!

Many of the projects are great for beginners. That is always wonderful, because if you love jewelry (or you have a friend who does whom you would like to give a gift to), but you don't know how or where to start, Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel is an easy to understand, pretty way to begin making jewelry.

What is "Bohemian-Inspired" jewelry?
In the introduction, the authors state, "It's an artistic, nature-inspired, and playful combination of materials and textures". They also add, "We hope our fifty jewelry designs inspire you to create hundreds of your own."

Inspiration is rampant in this book. Each of the pieces you will see are very unique and appealing.

The book begins with a pretty guide to ribbons and cords, which includes a section on how to care for silk ribbon.

It continues on with the specialty findings one might need to finish a piece of jewelry using a certain technique.
Then there is a list and photos of basic findings and materials. Following this is a list of tools and a techniques section. All these introductory sections are not at all daunting, rather they are informative and well laid out. They all combine to lead up to the projects.

I looked at every project , fell in love , and saw myself , over and over, in these eclectic designs.

The excellent photography helps the reader deconstruct what is going on and assists in the understanding as well as the appreciation of the designs. Almost all of the projects offer two photographs to assist the reader grasp not only the overall creation, but also "what is going on" in a close-up photo of a part of the design. This is very helpful.

For example, in "Pompidou", the necklace by Lorelei Eurto which graces the cover of the book (as well as the charming earrings "Triple Loop" by her fellow author, Erin Siegel), the reader gets to see how the brilliant red seed beaded poufy pom-pom looks on the back of the necklace. This is very enlightening and fascinating as well. It will make it a lot easier to create this piece because of the close up photo.

I enjoyed the earthy tones and the brilliant ones as well. Simple designs were just as appealing as more complicated ones. I particularly enjoyed Erin Siegel's "Copper Antiquity" earrings, which are made of antiqued copper findings, turquoise rounds, and linen cord. I love vintage looking or ancient looking jewelry designs. These really filled the bill.

Traci Statler made a rainbow come alive with her project, "Sari Summer". The combination of aquas, pinks, oranges, yellows and greens in both beads and sari silk, as well as the appeal of it all coming together in beaded dangles and sterling chain is delightful.

All of these pieces are so one of a kind and special looking. This style isn't going anywhere for a long time, I predict. It has a basis that pulls you toward it because of its individuality and sensuousness.

If you want to get dressed up and show off your neck in a lovely velvet piece, try "Flirtation Lariat" in a deep purple velvet which ends with clasps sparkling with chain and assorted colors of Swarovski Elements bicones and with champagne colored glass pearls. It's divine!

To absorb what color can do in a totally different manner, try Erin Siegel's "Fleur-De-Lis" bracelet , which uses brilliantly-hued wooden turquoise beads, woven together with black twisted cotton cord and clasped with a super black and white plastic Fleur-de-Lis button. It is lovely and eye catching.

Mary Jane Dodd makes such a pretty project with such a serene mood, with her offering, "Beyond the Moon & Stars". I don't wish to spoil the surprise of the saying which she has stamped upon the copper rectangle which comprises part of the focal (the other part is a gorgeous porcelain moon pendant) , but I was very intrigued with the leather, chain, Irish waxed linen in a number of colors, along with ivory and teal lampwork rounds and copper heishi which she used to design this piece. Although I would say this might be considered one of the more complicated designs, it falls together perfectly and it is well worth your time if you choose to make it.

Finally, I would never leave Denise Yezbak Moore out -- I am agog at everything she makes. "Croon" is a bracelet she offers which is so sweet and wonderfully in balance, color wise. She made the pendant herself. It has three cuddling red and black birds on a branch, with a teal washed background. She created it from an antique clay poker chip. It is fab with the ceramic melon rounds which match the pendant colors and with the slender 1mm black leather cord, which ends in two red ceramic rounds. Very Boho!

To sum up, there is a resource section in the back which enables the reader to access the materials required for each specific project. That is immeasurably helpful, when all of these pieces look so unique. There is also a list of where to shop, in case the reader needs even more guidance.

I thought this book,

by Lorelei Eurto & Erin Siegel

was super MARVELOUS, as I have said. I expect you will agree if you decide to add it to your library!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Unique 31 May 2012
By Shaiha - Published on
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I pick up a lot of jewelry technique books and I always sit down and skim through them when they first arrive. Usually I will find one or two project that I like and a bunch that would be far to expensive to make or need supplies that are too hard to find. Also I tend find a lot of repetition in the projects between different books. I was utterly delighted to find that wasn't the case with this one.

The projects that are contained within are totally unique with easy to locate supplies. And what makes it even better is how inspirational all of the projects are. As I sit down to go through it, I find myself jotting notes about how I can use this technique combined with ones I already know to come up with a totally unique piece of jewelry.

I could continue to rave on about this book but the best piece of advice I can give is that if you are going to pick up only one design book this year then be sure to grab this one.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up for the Bo Ho Inspiration 18 May 2012
By desertyoginidakini - Published on
This book contains: a great overview of the different assortment of jewelry findings that you might need when you are designing jewelry. Clear photos and instruction of how to use the various pieces and parts. Places where you can find the supplies. Clever ways to link and use a mixed assortment of materials... ceramics, wire, cords, and beads. Wonderful photography. Just the photos alone are sure to get those creative ideas flowing. Awesome inspiration from projects by guest designers. This book would make a really lovely addition to any jewelry designer's library, from beginner to advanced. Thumbs up. Thank you Erin and Lorelei for sharing your tips and tricks.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to see new designs! 29 May 2012
By Amy Henry - Published on
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Wow! This book is a knockout. It's the first in awhile that I've bought that has designs I've never even seen, or imagined, before. Great mixtures of media and new and exciting color mixes.

What I really love is that the magic is made from readily purchased beads and findings (except for just a few). That's better than the last book I got that had great stuff, but dependant on looking up tons of obscure resources (some out of business!). So this is an exceptional book, and it doesn't just offer beautiful designs but sets you on a different mindset, to mix things up a bit, and create even more unusual art on your own.

The only thing I would say is that it is a bit short on instructions (at least, they aren't shown with diagrams or pictures). Lots of pictures of finished products and text instructions are the core, which is fine with me as I know what I'm doing. But for a newbie, this may be a little bit frustrating at first (don't give up though!).

The photos themselves are superior, and you can see a lot of love and knowledge went into this. That says something, because I've seen some jewelry instruction books where, if you look close, the solder shows or a jump ring is barely closed. This isn't just beautiful, it's well-done.

Highest recommendations!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Inspiration 25 May 2012
By Shel - Published on
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What a great 'look book'! The inspiration this book by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel provides is fantastic. Although the authors provide quick step by step instructions for every single design shown, if you're looking for a book with photos of each individual detailed instruction step, this is not the book for you. However, if you're looking for Bohemian Inspired designs, inspiration and information - this is where you'll find it!

I found the first section of this book with information on the various supplies used in creating all the designs featured, from tools to beads to findings to a vast array of cords, ribbons, leathers, etc., to be extremely useful. This section alone is something I wish I could have had oh-so-many years ago when I began creating jewelry. The use of various materials and how to mix and match them, along with important design tips is also a plus in this book. The photography is phenomenal throughout the book and the designs themselves very colorful and full of texture and style.

The authors did a fabulous job selecting their guest contributors as well. The designs created by Tracy Statler, Denise Yezbak Moore and Mary Jane Dodd are every bit as beautiful and creative and Lorelei's and Erin's. My favorites are Denise Yezbak Moore's Nouvelle Necklace on page 36, Tracy Statler's Sari Summer Bracelet on page 106, Mary Jane Dodd's Unfolding Earrings on page 112, Erin Siegel's Raku Ribbons Necklace on page 40 and her Shimmering Pearls Necklace on page 50 and Lorelei's The Beach House Necklace on page 114. I'm sure this will be one of my 'go-to' books that I turn to for color, texture and design inspiration - or just to look at and enjoy when I'm in the mood for some fun jewelry!! It's definitely a book worth having in your library!
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