As a North Light book editor, I get to see a lot of books. A lot of inspiring books. Sometimes I’m even lucky enough to be invited by authors to be contributors in their books as was the case with Margot Potter’s book Bead Chic: 36 Stylish Jewelry Projects and Inspired Variations. This is always a lot of fun for me.
The spirit of this book is to take a technique that Margot shares with you and apply it to your own jewelry design. She shows you how to create a particular project and then a contributor shows you a variation that came from Margot’s design. It’s a great way to show you that the possibilities of a technique you want to learn really are endless.
As I was recently perusing the book, one project that I really liked was the Jelly Bean Bracelet. So I decided to try my own spin on it. I used Margot’s primary technique of using head pins to create multiple bead dangles, but I interpreted the design entirely in my own new way and it was a lot of fun.
If you often just need a jumping off point for your jewelry projects, and you like creating your own designs, I highly recommend you give Bead Chic a try.
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