Candie Cooper's latest book, Necklaceology, arrived on my doorstep yesterday. The cover had me intrigued for weeks and I couldn't wait to see what awaited within.
Just like the title suggests, Candie has brought design lessons and techniques to school us on all things necklace-related. The projects range from simple designs for a beginner, to complex multi-layered and collaged designs that are signature Candie Cooper pieces.
The author offers design alternatives and suggestions to push the reader to explore their own ideas and shared her sketches of her design. It's not just necklaces, there are tips and tricks that caught my eye like a tutorial on making Tibetan inspired ribbon beads and how to make your own fabric covered cording that is deceptively simple. Candie brings on the DIY for clever ways to customize your jewelry and components throughout the book.
I would look at each necklace in the book like a lesson to study - what technique is being presented, how could you interpret the design into your own style and of course - what art bead would best be showcased with this technique. Most of the projects use beads you could find in your local craft store or bead shop, making it more accessible to beginners or those on a budget.
Here are two designs I sketched up inspired by projects in the book.
Humblebeads. Sunstone briolettes from Penelope Gemstone.)
Humblebeads. Faceted cubes from Sharon Unlimited. Ruby zoisite from Moonlighte.
Mix and match techniques in the projects to get even more inspiration millage out of this highly recommended book! Pull out your bead stash and see what you can come up with Necklaceology as your guide.