Create Three Dimensional Jewelry

Heather DeSimone
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Add texture and depth to your jewelry designs with Create Three Dimensional Jewelry.
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Inspired by the craftsmanship and attention to detail of early costume jewelry, Heather DeSimone demonstrates how to create fun, one-of-a-kind pieces by learning techniques for layering readily available components in Create Three Dimensional Jewelry. This book offers advanced-beginner stringers and stitchers inventive ways to add texture and depth to their designs.

Jewelry makers will learn how to layer premade components, make beaded clusters, create beaded loops, weave seed beads, embellish filigree components, rivet stamped metal pieces, and more as they create 21 unique projects. Most importantly, mastering this three-dimensional approach to “building” jewelry teaches designers to think about using their materials in a new way. Generate excitement and increase sales by encouraging experimentation!

Author: Heather DeSimone
Size: 8 1/4 x 10 3/4
Pages: 96
Color photos: 200
Black & White photos: 0
Illustrations: 0
Author Bio

Heather DeSimone is an owner of The Beadin’ Path, a bead shop specializing in vintage and Lucite jewelry in Freeport, Maine.

Table of Contents
How to use this book

Stacking and working in layers
-how to design in stacks
-how to fix and finish stacks
-how to adorn stack centers
Stitching and creating surface adornment
-running stitch
-stitching to filigree
-bead wrapping
Constructing custom components
-making chain links
-making cluster cuties
-making bases or custom ajoure
-reclaiming vintage jewelry and findings

Stacked pendant earrings
Button earrings
Boat seats to begonias statement necklace
Live Life Love pendant necklace
Stacked ring
Memory wire cuff
Stacked garden statement necklace
Riveting bangle bracelets
Fly away wrap bracelet
Captain sea star necklace
Harvested elements collage necklace
The Tudors' necklace
Miriam's ladder pendant
Wrapped in chain necklace
Cuties necklace
Unchained necklace
Nouveau cluster clasp necklace
Silver lining necklace
Free-for-all hoop earrings
Down by the sea stitched cuff
Mod stitched hoop earrings

Quick technique review
About the author
Tired of stringing? Or are you just bored with the way your jewelry designs are looking? There are simple ways to jazz up designs without having to learn a huge amount of new skills. They will take your one dimensional jewelry to new heights - literally - with three dimensional jewelry!
Heather DeSimone whose new book,  Create Three Dimensional Jewelry which I recently received for review, covers the topic well. There are 21 projects demonstrating how to build up designs.  Her main inspiration comes from the legendary hand crafted and meticulously detailed designs of costume jeweler Miriam Haskell and her designers such as Frank Hess and Robert F. Clark.
One outstanding approach of the book deals with stacking and working with layers.  It is a simple but effective strategy using easy wiring or riveting. As Heather says, "you'll be stringing 'out' instead of 'across'".
Stitching with wire is yet another way to add depth to jewelry designs. Some of the designs use a filigree or ajoure base for wire wrapping beads.  The middle cuff in the memory wire cuff project shown below is an example of where the filigree has been covered with beads making it a very unique design.
The other wire method is lashing as shown by the design below.  The small beads were not beaded but lashed in groups - a lot quicker than beading!
Heather also covers how to do simple drilling. Very handy to know to create your own ajoure base out of virtually anything - for example a mother of pearl disc, bracelet blank or even some vintage Lucite earrings as shown below. She had drilled holes in the earrings below to facilitate the lashing of wire and beads.  She is a big fan of reclaiming and making over vintage jewelry and findings.
One tool she highly recommends is a new riveting device - the Crafted Findings Piercing and Riveting tool which makes it very easy to rivet via compression and without having to use a hammer. Almost all of her rivet work was done with this tool. However, traditional riveting tools can be used.
The last but not least for making three dimensional jewelry is to make custom components such as the wired bead clusters in the design below.
Heather DeSimone was astute enough to buy up a huge amount of vintage Lucite beads a decade ago when plastic beads were not that popular.  So her designs feature a great deal of her stock and may not be what you would have to use.  The book is meant as an inspirational guide for all levels into the basic techniques needed to create three dimensional jewelry.  She says, " As you read my instructions, keep in mind that jewelry in this style is best accomplished with our intuition and your free-thinking interpretations of my approach."
-Pearl Blay, The Beading Gem's Journal

Kalmbach sent me another great book to review. This one is 'Create Three Dimensional Jewelry' by Heather DeSimone. Heather lives in Maine and has been taking apart and putting together jewelry for 35 years and has been co-owner of The Beadin' Path and since 1993. She was influenced by the work of Miriam Haskell and realized she didn't have to 'string' beads, but could 'build' her jewelry. She dabbled in vintage beads, but got an e-mail from a man in the Lucite bead business that had some beads to sell.  She decided to check it out and came back with 3 semi-tractor trailer trucks with 40,000 lbs. of beads, plastic hoops, bangles and other components and decided to meet the challenge of using the brilliantly bold plastic pieces in her jewelry and inspiring others to use them, too.  She has done a great job of that in this book. She starts with materials (small beads), nailheads, sew-ons, filigree, beads and buttons and more.  Then she gets into the tools you need for stacking all the layers in your jewelry work and explains the Building Blocks of stacking and working in layers. In fact, she has other building blocks for stitching and creating surface adornment and constructing custom components, before you get into the projects. She describes elements you may use to incorporate into finished jewelry, then gives step by step projects for you to make. Along with that comes Tips to make your work go more smoothly, tidbits that are facts about jewelry or fashion for fun, and alternative projects based on the elements that are introduced in the projects. They are fun ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
I've been trying to work with/add leather to some of my jewelry, so I really enjoyed her 'Boat seats to Begonias' project. They found some overstock vinyl at a fabric warehouse and used it to create upcycled vinyl flowers to mix with metal, Lucite flowers and other materials for a fabulous Statement necklace.
One of my favorites, though was the Memory wire Cuff. I've been working with memory wire quite a bit and I loved the way she built on this cuff to make this wonderful bracelet.
The Silver Lining necklace is featured on the front of the book and another favorite of mine is the 'Down by the Sea' stitched cuff where she stitches found seashell beads and frosted glass to a copper cuff. I love it. Be sure to check out the book for both of these projects.
All in all, this is a great book to add to your repertoire for jewelry inspiration and learning how to 'build' your jewelry to make it unique and find your own style. I loved it.
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