Book Review: A Bounty of Bead & Wire Necklaces

A Bounty of Bead & Wire Necklaces: 50 Fun, Fast Jewelry ProjectsA Bounty of Bead & Wire Necklaces: 50 Fun, Fast Jewelry Projects by Nathalie Mornu

Nathalie Mornu has come up with this new take on beads and wire after previously sharing A Bounty of Bead & Wire Earrings. This is another book I received from Lark Crafts as a review copy in the last week or two.

When I read “bead & wire” I don’t think of the elegance that is included in this book. Many of these pieces could be worn to elegant events.

As in the previous work, there are a lot of great photos in this follow-up. The lighting especially enhances the photos. There are photos of the projects, such as Odyssey (pg.127), inspiration photos, clear photos of tools and processes as well as multiple, large images of each project. The reader is also able to clearly see the details of each piece, such as claps, the facets of beads and the patina of the metal. The photos really make this book.

Many of the projects are delicate and lovely and are enhanced by the models wearing them.

Jewelry makers would get something out of this book; other artists would enjoy the forms and shapes. Buy it at your bookstore or check it out at your local library.

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Sketching #170

Sometimes I paint myself, no pun intended, into a corner when I create these prompts and this was just such a prompt. After I posted it, I asked myself what I was thinking, because how could I recreate a painting that viewers would recognize. I still had nothing when i sat down to draw, but after creating a response to prompt #169, I flashed on this response.

CPP Response #170: Painting
CPP Response #170: Painting

The painting part could be better, but I was so relieved that I just put something down on paper.

This was a good lesson for me, because I often tell you to just take 5 minutes and I often spend more time on my responses.

The original prompt has some interesting words and terms. Take some time to create your own response in the media of your choice.