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Steel Wire Jewelry: Stylish Designs * Simple Techniques * Artful Inspiration

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What has impressively strong color and is easy to find, cheaper than silver, and incredibly pliable? Steel wire–the hottest new jewelry-making material around. These 35 edgy projects include earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings-and they’re all perfect for the beginner. An introduction discusses metal’s unique properties and all the basic techniques, from forming curves to creating chains, ribbons, clasps, and closures.

Author: Brenda Schweder
Publisher: Lark Books
Softcover; ISBN: 9781600595387 – Available March 2011



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Brenda Schweder will show you how to use fun finds and collectibles in modern jewelry pieces that work with today’s fashions and reflect your unique personality. More than 30 projects featuring a variety of traditional and unique pieces show you a multitude of design possibilities.

Mom’s bizarro bracelets…That “what-was-I-thinking?” necklace… Aunt Bertha’s big glunky brooches. Vintage Redux shows readers everywhere how to take a drawer full of jewelry duds and turn them into dreams. More than 30 projects, from traditional to totally over-the-top, offer readers a wide range of possibilities. Each project is presented in step-by-step instructions and photos so it’s easy to create all-new pieces. Revisit the past and make it better than ever before with Vintage Redux.

Author: Brenda Schweder
Publisher: Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Softcover; 8 1/2 x 11; 96 pages; 350 color photos; ISBN: 9780871162663
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From Crafts ‘n Things magazine, February 2010
“Check out [this] collection of more than 30 useful upcycling projects offering a wide range of possibilities. Turn vintage mismatch jewelry duds into stylish accessories you’ll love!  Each project is presented in step-by-step instructions and photos so it’s easy to create all-new pieces.” – Abby Foster

From “Jewelry Making News,”, January 5, 2009
“After you read this book, you are going to be asking everyone you know, ‘You aren’t going to throw that broken necklace away, are you?’ Being a mixed media jewelry artist using recycled and found objects, I found this book to be a real gem (no pun intended!). Ms. Schweder has a real gift for combining things you wouldn’t think would work together but do!

What do a dresser pull, a bike chain, and a cloth measuring tape have in common? Don’t be silly. They all can be used to make wonderful, wearable jewelry.

Junk to Jewelry presents more than 30 projects that use items from the hardware store, Granny’s treasure box, the sewing basket, the junk drawer, the tackle box, and more to create amazing jewelry. A basics section features a tools and materials glossary, and step-by-step photos of jewelry-making techniques. Then it’s time for the charming, unusual projects, all shown in full color with step-by-step instructions. A stunning gallery section provides extra inspiration, and a detailed resource list helps readers find materials they don’t have lying around the house.

Author: Brenda Schweder
Publisher: Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Softcover; 8 1/2 x 10; 96 pages; 270 color photos; ISBN: 9780871162
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From “Artist’s Library,” Belle Armoire Jewelry, Autumn 2008
“Brenda Schweder’s book dares to cross the line between junk and jewelry. This talented artist takes what is found from locales such as the junk drawer, office supply store, around the house, and more, and transforms it into wearable art. . .

“Stunning highlights included recycled earrings and ring charm bracelets, a Slinky bracelet, and a laundry pin necklace. At the back of the book an amazing gallery is featured that shows work from several jewelry artists and a list of the materials they used. . . Schweder challenges readers to look twice at things you never thought could be jewelry and encourages whimsical elaboration.” – Beth Livesay

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