When I attended a recent craft show, I was enthralled by the jewelry one of the artisans had made. She worked in silver and added pearls or other stones to her delicate designs. I had to buy something and settled on a pair of earrings.
But the thought of actually making jewelry had not really enticed me until l picked up the new library book “30-Minute Bracelets” by Marthe Le Van. Although the designs certainly don’t rival the work of the artisan at the craft show, many are lovely and perhaps might not be too difficult for a novice to try.
I decided to see what the other books are available in the library which might help get me started in this new endeavor. Once again, Calgary Public Library comes through in spades.
I found several books that are aimed at the beginner with detailed instructions and pictures. “The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewelry Techniques” by Sara Withers seems like an excellent introduction for anyone interested in trying this out.
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