When purchasing a craft book I always look for three things: easy to follow instructions, aesthetically pleasing design, and projects that inspire me to create more.
A novice at jewelry design and construction, I decided to pick up Jade Gedeon's Beautiful Bracelets By Hand (Page Street, $21.99). Inside, Gedeon has designed seventy five unique bracelets for all skill levels, from beads to textiles, wood to leather.
I started with an easy project: the nautical themed "Knotty Sailor Bracelet," something I thought would suit the Mrs. Dalloway's aesthetic. No special tools are required for this design, and a number of others in the book. Simple, clean, and easy!
Beautiful Bracelets has inspired me to try some new designs--I am eager to look at textile bracelets next. The best resource for jewelry making supplies and questions will always be your local bead store. My favorite Bay Area stop is Blue Door Beads on Piedmont Ave. The staff is friendly and generous with their time--a great resource to help you create the perfect piece.
Stay tuned for more DIY craft reviews in the future! ~Antonia