Convertible Crystal Jewelry

Diane Whiting
Item #67030

25 gorgeous bracelets, necklaces and earrings that match any outfit or style.
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Feature Crystals in Fun, Fashionable Jewelry!

Showcase ever-popular crystals and fun design elements in 25 gorgeous bracelets, necklaces and earrings that match any outfit or style. Readers will find a basics section that includes the stitches, materials, and tools they’ll need to get started right. An additional section on findings and crystals will inspire more advanced beaders with new ideas. Every project includes clear, step-by-step instructions and photos, plus tips for construction and ideas for taking the design to the next step. Best of all, every project can be flipped, changed, or easily modified to show a brand-new look!

Author: Diane Whiting
Size: 8 1/4 x 10 3/4
Pages: 96
Color photos: 155
Black & White photos: 0
Illustrations: 0
Author Bio
As a CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador, Diane Whiting is also moderator of the CREATE YOUR STYLE Sparkling Community, which reaches DIY jewelry enthusiasts around the world, along with her blog, “Sparkles and Smiles.” Diane currently attends the Bead&Button, Tucson (CREATE YOUR STYLE, To Bead True Blue, and Tucson Bead Show), CHA (Winter Show), and the Pasadena Bead & Design Show (winter and summer) shows annually, and will add teaching appearances at the San Francisco Bead Show, various Bead Societies, and local bead stores.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Linda Hartung
Before You Begin

Shamelessly Simple Sliders
Sparkle Pendant Slider
Simply Strung Necklace
Ribbons & Sparkles Necklace
Not-So-Naughty Knots Necklace
Multi-Pearls Necklace
Disk-O Necklace-and-Bracelet
Five-Strand Lariat with Tassels
Tassel Takeover Necklace
"Pop" Bead Necklace
Reversible Sew-On Stones Bracelet
Chain Reaction Necklace
Slides and Ladders Pendants
Spiral Slider with Tassels
Reversible Circle Pendant
Filigree Flip Reversible Pendant Sparkle Slip-On Embellishment
Pearl Slip-On Pendant
Tila for Two Bracelet & Necklace
Buttonhole Bracelet & Pendant
Peyote Pathway Bracelet Tila for Two x Two Bracelet Double Lattice Bracelet Back-to-Back Flatbacks Bracelet The Ultimate Lariat-and-Bracelet Acknowledgments About the Author
Being able to wear your jewelry in different ways means you can change up the style to suit different outfits and occasions with ease. One of the easiest examples is to knot up a long necklace in the front. This shortens the necklace as well as adds a focal without really dismantling the piece at all. But are there more ways out there?
The book I recently received for review certainly does offer more ideas and ways to create such jewelry. Diana Whiting's Convertible Crystal Jewelry is a 25 project jewelry book which sparkles with great ideas. All the designs utilize Swarovski crystals as the author has a long standing love affair with them. She is also a Create Your Style with Swarvoski Crystals ambassador.
Diana Whiting is an experienced beader so it was inevitable many, but not all, of the projects are beadwork ones at the beginner and intermediate levels. The simpler projects though are just as clever as the more advanced ones. The Sparkle Slider Pendant one is a prime example. 1 mm leather cords are used to knot up many crystal clusters which can be quickly added or subtracted as necessary. I can see a spectacular necklace loaded up with loads of these clusters! The author also adds in "Technique Spotlights" for more explanations where appropriate rather than deal with the basics in a separate section. This is helpful for beginners and saves having to flip the pages.
A few of the easier projects demonstrated ways to shorten necklaces including the use of shortener clasps, sometimes called twister clasps because they are often used for gathering up and then twisting multiple necklaces together. These are hinged findings so the shortening is temporary. The wire lace crochet Disk-O necklace for example converts 4 ways - from a long necklace to a 2 strand using a shortener clasp, knotted as a lariat and wrapped around the wrist.
Some projects from the book used resin clay. One utterly ingenious idea was to use it to make custom magnetic clasps! The magnets are embedded inside the resin filled component. The 5 Strand Lariat with Tassels necklace went even further as one half of the handmade clasp was also tasseled thus allowing the design to be worn in 2 different ways.
The author used the term "Crystal Clay" for this project which is one of a number of brand names for epoxy resin clay. But she called the material epoxy resin clay or just epoxy clay in other projects. They are all one and the same. A little inconsistency in the terminology so I thought I should mention it so people don't get confused.
One of the prettiest necklaces from the book is the Slides and Ladders one. The beaded leader is used to make the cord and does just as well as any cord for making a lark's head knot for the gorgeous blue elongated donut, a Helios pendant. But the added beaded sliders really make this design pop!
A number of the projects from the book are based on the reversible concept where the color schemes change on the opposite side. But the Filigree Flip Reversible Pendant was outstanding because the designer used two different things for the pendant. One side reveals a beaded bezel for a large pretty crystal and the other, a metal filigree with delicated beading around the edges.
Indeed, the two metal filigree projects from the book were my favorites. The filigree adorned copper colored bracelet is a brilliant button based project which allows you to switch out different focals for a basic square stitched cuff with buttonhole. So you can easily ditch the ornate filigree for say, a simple button design whenever you like.
This refreshingly different jewelry making book is sure to please those looking for new creative but not unduely difficult ideas to wear your jewelry in more than one way.
-The Beading Gem's Journal, Pearl Blay
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