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Custom Cool Jewelry:
Create 200+ Personalized Pendants,
Charms, and Clasps

- By Melinda Barta

Custom Cool Jewelry: Create 200+ Personalized Pendants, Charms, and Clasps

Common craft supplies find new purpose with the stunning, nontraditional jewelry designs in this guidebook.

Basics items such as embossing powder, collage paper, wire, fiber, and fabric can be used to create one-of-a-kind, boutique-style pieces with a personal twist.

Inside you'll find several interesting recycling ideas, such as using old candy or spice tins, pocket watches, lockets, or antique playing cards as the basis for new pieces.

Each project component is shown in a number of color and design variations, inspiring readers to create their own jewelry pieces, and sidebars share insider tips, basic stringing and wirework techniques, and project and shopping resources.

From romantic wire-worked dangles and simple polymer clay beads to fabric charms and baked bead collages, the unconventional use of basic supplies provide a wealth of new possibilities for crafters.

more praise for custom cool jewelry

"Takes a crafting approach to make parts and pieces for your jewelry making needs. It is very refreshing to see a book for those of us with more experience." -About.com Guide to Jewelry Making

"Ready for a recycler's dream? This book is certainly that. All kinds of unlikely items get pressed into service and come out looking different and interesting." -myshelf.com

"Barta uses a combination of beads and found materials to create unique necklaces. . . . Would make a good addition to public libraries." -Library Journal