Beaders who have been afraid of stitching should begin here. Nikia Angel starts with small, manageable circles, squares and triangles that can be used as building blocks for more intricate jewelry. When combined, these simple shapes produce sophisticated, elaborate results that transform small pieces into stunning showstoppers!
• Simple shapes ease beaders into stitching projects
• Basic shapes combine for more intricate, elaborate jewelry
• Tips for stitched bezels and toggle clasps, creating bails, and spiral ropes are included
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In "Easy Crystal Stitching, Sophisticated Jewelry," Nikia Angel uses several basic designs to create complex jewelry. Beaders stitch individual elements, such as circles, squares, or triangles that are not hard to make or require much time, and use them as building blocks to construct intricate and sophisticated-looking finished jewelry. Beaders will also learn how to stitch a bezel for a rivoli, create a bail for pendants, make a spiral rope, and stitch a toggle clasp. Stitching these circles, squares, and triangles together into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings transforms small components into stunning showstoppers!
Nikia Angel has been beading for decades, in fact since she was a child, and obsessively since 1988. She is owner of BuytheKit.com and is constantly working to come up with new and innovative designs to share with her fellow beaders. Teaching since 1990, Nikia has instructed at many major bead and jewelry shows,as well as in bead stores, across the country. She enjoys sharing her passion and love for all things beady and inspiring students of all ages to share her love of jewelry making.
Our very own Pam Kearns was given permission by Nikia to teach Sparkly Wheels at beadFX. Below are some of Pam's Sparkly Wheels and some that were made by her students.
It is my goal to do every project in the book - and so far I have done the first two: Wreath Earrings and the Crystal Halo Pendant. If you love Swarovski crystal, you will love this book. You can also make all the projects in the book using fire polish - but you know how I love the bling!! When I told Lee that I was going to do all the projects and blog about them, she reminded me of the woman who cooked her way through Julia Child's cookbooks - and her story was made in to a movie.
Contrary to what some people believe, beading is not dead. Tons of people love to bead but they don't have the time for elaborate projects. So small motif based beading projects are popular because the gratification of finishing something occurs much, much sooner.
Nikia Angel's new 17 project book Easy Crystal Stitching, Sophisticated Jewelry, which I received for review, is just the ticket for time-pressed beaders without compromising on the results!
The author explained how she came about her beaded wheel designs about 12 years ago. She was learning how to make a particular bracelet in a class when her tension went haywire. She turned the mistake into a sparkly wheel. That started a new trend!
Nikia has now moved on to other shapes like triangles and squares which she shares in her book. She confesses, " I'm endlessly fascinated with the possibility of this incredibly simple little "thing"!" She also covers bezels, bails, spiral rope and toggle clasps - all great instructional projects for beginners.
Nikia shows beaders how to incorporate the motifs into gorgeous rings, bracelet and necklace designs.
Magic does happens when these motifs are put together! Nikia's pendants are particularly lovely when she groups them together in a tiered fashion.
The directions are clear and well illustrated in a book I highly recommend for those who love playing with building blocks! This can only lead to the creation of elegant jewelry!
-Pearl Blay, The Beading Gem's Journal
Easy Crystal Stitching Sophisticated Jewelry is a pick for any crafts collection strong in jewelry making projects and shows how to stitch seven small designs and blend them into finished jewelry. This packs in step-by-step directions covering the basics with illustrations that reinforce projects with visual examples, offering some seven building blocks that can be used in 17 finished projects. From bracelets to rings and necklaces, beaders will appreciate the close-up detail and techniques that translate easily to other jewelry-making projects. Any jewelry maker's library needs this basic reference.
-The Midwest Book Review