Winters can be cold here in the Wyoming and Colorado area.
Sweaters buttoned to my neck, warm scarves, and wool hats are the staples of my
wardrobe. But in a matter of days we seem to have moved from snowdrifts and
woolen sweaters to lawn mowers and cotton tops. And with the warmer weather, I
am drawn once again to the gorgeous jewelry from Stringing magazine-they are the perfect addition to my
|Copper Coreopsis by Anne Perry
The necklace, bracelet, and earring projects in Stringing are perfect for a beginner
like me. There are no complicated beading patterns or intricate metalwork
techniques. You will find articles on fun techniques such as riveting or using
resin to create your own pendants, but many of the stunning pieces can be
created with items available at a bead or craft store or online.
||Moth wings Shrug by Mimi Alelis
I think my favorite piece is the Copper Coreopsis by Anne
Perry. The striking flower pendent, with its solid and negative petal space,
reminds me of the motifs used to design the Moth Wings Shrug by Mimi Alelis.
And the mesh rope and metal chain mimics the chain spaces so common in crochet.
Here is Stringing's editor, Danielle
Fox, to tell us more about the Spring issue of Stringing.
For the second year in a row, the Summer edition of Jewelry Stringing
has been designated as our special mixed-media issue. That's because we know
today's jewelry designer doesn't limit herself to basic stringing and
wireworking techniques anymore-she's expanding her jewelry-making repertoire to
include other techniques, such as riveting, using resin, and colorizing metal.
It's these three techniques that we explore in Customize Your Jewelry, an
extended feature that offers how-to information, plus 13 inspiring projects to
You'll also find loads of inspiration in this issue's
project collections. Saddle up to our Modern Cowgirl collection and get ideas
for incorporating leather and other natural materials into fun, casual jewelry
you'll be able to wear every day this summer. Turn to our Flower Market
collection and see how our featured designers used floral motifs and pastel
colors to create pretty necklaces that aren't over-the-top flowery. Finally,
flip to our Summer in the City collection, where you'll find statement-making
jewelry done in look-at-me colors (like neon) and bold, contemporary styles.
|Cowboy Necklace by Tiffany Alana Dodgen
I also encourage you to visit our bracelet and earring galleries.
In summer, sleeves come off and hair goes up, giving the bracelets and earrings
you wear uninterrupted exposure. And speaking of exposure, get positive
attention for your jewelry-making business by carefully choosing your
packaging- designer and Jewelry Stringing contributor Kristina Hahn Eleniak
explains in Sell & Tell.
~ Danielle Fox
This summer, learn to create gorgeous jewelry that enhances
your crochet wardrobe. Subscribe to Stringing
today and begin making your own necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
P.S. Do you create your own jewelry? What is your favorite