Friday, October 29, 2010

Review -- Handcrafted Jewelry magazine

I was thrilled today to pick up the latest issue of Interweave's "Handcrafted Jewelry" magazine.  This magazine fills a niche that's been missing in many magazines, taking basic beading projects to the next level.  Along with the beading skills jewelry makers already know, the magazine introduces resin, polymer clay, enamel, fabric, collages, and more.  It's definitely a must-buy!

Several projects really caught my eye, including Barbara Lewis' enameled beads (I've been fortunate enough to take her classes).  She shows how to incorporate fabric and fibers into designs, and the magazine even gives a "ribbon roundup" to get you on your way.

an example of Barbara Lewis's work with her enameled beads and fiber
As a collector of vintage tins, I'm also loving Candie Cooper's dapped bead caps made from discarded cookie tins.  She makes them extra-special by making beaded felted balls to place in between the tin caps to create a stunning pair of earrings.

earrings by Candie Cooper
The rest of the magazine is an amazing and accessible blend of jewelry types, as you can see by the table of contents:

My recommendation -- don't miss a single issue of this magazine.  If you think you've seen it all, buy this magazine.  If you feel you've fallen into a jewelry rut, buy this magazine.  You won't regret it!

Purchase "Handcrafted Jewelry" magazine at your local bookstore or by clicking here.

Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site lorianderson.netShe writes the blogs Pretty Things and An Artist's Year Off.  She lives in Maryland.


Alice said...

Handcrafted bead caps made from vintage metal tins????? Ingenious!

I'll have to pick this issue up when I'm in the city. It looks like an excellent one to have.

Cinnamon Jewellery said...

I'm in the UK so may have to subscribe, it sounds very interesting!

Rockland County Photo Retouching said...

The beaded jewelry on your site is stunning. Great photos too!

rosebud101 said...

I picked up my copy last weekend at the Bead Show I was working. It's a great issue!

Holly said...

I managed to flip through the magazine earlier in the week while out & about - I *love* this magazine!

My Life Under the Bus said...

I LOVED the first issue they put out and am still looking for this one. Must get out to find it!!! They do an excellent job - my first issue is dog earred.

Cindy said...

I agree Lori, this is an excellent magazine - full of gorgeous projects from Barbara's, to Deryn's to Kristen's..... one of my favorites!

Lori Bergmann said...

I remember reading this magazine a while ago and that I really enjoyed reading all the articles. I love magazines that stress not only beautifully photographed projects, but instructions on how to create them in a comprehensive way. This new issue looks like it's another stellar one and I'm definitely going on the hunt for it! ;-D