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,
50 DESIGNS USING LEATHER,
RIBBON, AND CORDS
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!