Mix up your jewelry repertoire! Create fabulous designs featuring a variety of metal beads, charms, chains and findings including silver, gold, and base metals.
The editors of Stringing and Beadwork magazines show off their design skills with 30 unique projects, ranging from necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that incorporate various kinds of metals such as silver, gold, copper, brass, PMC, and more. Projects are constructed using basic stringing and wireworking techniques that are accessible to beginners, while the boutique-style designs will captivate the more experienced beader.
Mixed Metals begins with a detailed how-to technique section covering a variety of jewelry basics. Techniques for distressing metal, such as using liver of sulfur, other patinas, and hammering, are included. Background information is given on each type of metal, from common properties to shopping tips to care and cleaning. Then 30 projects with detailed instructions show creative ways to use silver, gold, and base metals in jewelry designs-as well as ideas for mixing metals and using faux metals.
Most metal jewelry books focus on making the metal components either with PMC, wireworking, or metalsmithing. Mixed Metals is so much easier, focusing on making jewelry with pre-made metal beads, charms, chain, and components combined with accent beads using simple stringing and wireworking techniques. No metalworking required!
Danielle Fox is the editor of Stringing magazine and author of Simply Modern Jewelry: Designs from the editor of Stringing magazine. Prior to working at Interweave Press, she was an editor at House Beautiful magazine in New York City and an editor at Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine in Englewood, Colorado. She has done freelance writing for The Denver Post, The Boulder Daily Camera, Natural Home magazine, Footwear News, and Boulder magazine. Danielle lives in Longmont, Colorado. Melinda Barta is managing editor of Beadwork and Stringing magazines and the former projects editor of PieceWork magazine. She has a BFA degree in fiber arts and a minor in apparel design from Colorado State University and is the author of Hip to Stitch (Interweave). She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.