We have another book review for you today, which you might be interested in if you’ve ever fancied making wedding jewelry either for yourself or as a gift for someone who is getting married!
“Wire & Beaded Wedding Jewelry” by Linda Jones contains 34 step by step projects for tiaras, necklaces, hair accessories, table decorations and more.
Wire & Beaded Wedding Jewelry – content overview
This book is set out into 4 main sections to cover each season of the year: spring, summer, fall and winter. The reason the book has been designed in this way is because the seasons do tend to affect the colors and themes that a bride will use for her wedding.
At the beginning of the book there is an introduction which covers tips and advice for if you’re making wedding jewelry as a gift as well as an outline of some basic tools and materials needed to make the projects.
In addition, there is a section on basic techniques. This includes how to use beads with wire, how to make spirals, headpins and other components and how to harden wirework with a jewelry hammer. There is also a section on how to create tiara bases from scratch and make decorative tiara stems, twigs and branches which is really helpful.
After the introduction are the tutorials for wedding pieces to suit each season. Here is an overview of the projects you’ll find in this book:
Chapter 1 – Spring
- Spring leaves card
- Bud and leaf tiara
- Leaf and flower necklace
- Lily headband
- Birthstone bracelet
- Pearly swirl bracelet
- Bouquet brooch
- Table flowers
Chapter 2 – Summer
- Butterfly card
- Eastern promise headband
- Sun-ray necklace
- Flower power choker
- Pearl butterfly hairpin
- Rose bracelet
- Twinkle-toe shoe clips
- Favor bag charm
- Clip-on card holder
Chapter 3 – Fall
- Leafy crown
- Chain link bracelet
- Chain of hearts necklace
- Leafy fascinator
- Rosette corsage
- Handbag charm
- Heart napkin ring
Chapter 4 – Winter
- Frosted branch card
- Topsy-turvy tiara
- Winter garden comb
- Winter sparkler necklace
- Berry-bright bangle
- Flower girl coronet
- Icicle wand
- Iced-leaf candle holder
- Wedding cake topper
Wire & Beaded Wedding Jewelry – the pros
We loved how this book is about much more than just traditional wedding jewelry. There are some really fun projects included which go way beyond the typical styles of jewelry you’d expect.
Some of the flower girl beaded projects could be used for other things like dressing up costumes and the table decorations can easily be adapted for any occasion as opposed to only weddings. In addition, many of the jewelry pieces are suitable for proms and parties too.
The standard colors for wedding jewelry are pearly white, cream, gold and silver. We really liked the use of different colors and designs that were included in this book to change things up a little. The colors and designs of Linda Jones’ wedding jewelry represent the seasons and some of the themes that go with them.
For example, for the spring themed wedding jewelry projects, the designs are based on leaves and flowers and the color green is introduced to symbolize new growth in nature. For the summer themed projects, vibrant colors have been included in designs, such as fuchsia pink, turquoise and zesty orange.
The fall wedding jewelry designs incorporate warming colors such as browns and oranges and the winter projects feature “icicles” and the color red to represent the season’s ornamental berries.
In terms of making these projects, we think that this book is suitable for beginners, right through to advanced jewelry-makers. There are a range of projects suitable for all. The photos are very high quality and the instructions are easy to follow.
Wire & Beaded Wedding Jewelry – the considerations
As far as constructive criticism goes, there aren’t many considerations to note about this book. There are some amazing projects included which would work for all sorts of weddings.
One consideration to be aware of however, is that each project is made from wire and beads (hence the title of the book)! So, if creating with wire isn’t your thing or if you’re looking for tutorials on how to make traditional wedding jewelry, this book may not be for you. The wire elements of these projects are definitely more contemporary than traditional.
We think this is a great book that is packed full of interesting tutorials for wedding jewelry and accessories. The projects included are well thought out with plenty of different techniques used. Linda Jones, the author of the book, has considered how brides tend to plan their weddings based on a seasonal theme and so has created her book to reflect that. She did a great job!
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All images have been taken from the book itself by Golden Age Beads.