There are four books in the series based on four jewelry types: Bracelets; Rings; Necklaces; and Earrings. And each book contains 60 projects for all levels. Each put together by Marthe Le Van, many different designers contributed their ideas and projects for each book.
30-Minute Rings is filled with surprising ideas. One of my favorites comes in the form of PVC pipe (yes, that same plastic plumbing pipe used in irrigation) that creates a feminine looking ring that looks like bone or porcelain. See the image on the right. Other projects include rings made of sterling silver wire, copper sheets, buna cord, waxed nylon thread, and even a ring made from crocheted copper wire (made with a small crochet hook).
Dedicated to necklaces, pendants, chains, and chokers, 30-Minute Necklaces has everything to make one-of-a-kind neck pieces in a hurry. Easy projects include those made from a simple copper sheet or a piece of leather. One of my favorites is the funky and colorful bobbin pendant project made from stainless steel sewing machine bobbins and polymer clay. Uber-simple and a great gift-giving project for someone who sews. Another favorite was the realistic-looking bamboo pendant made from sterling silver tubing and yellow gold saucer beads.
I love quick and easy metal projects for earrings, and 30-Minute Earrings has loads of projects using all sorts of metals: wire, dangles, sheets, and tubes. At its most simple, earring projects contain only iron wire still look elegant. Posts, dangles, and hoops are all covered. My favorite in the book takes yellow gold wire (flat and round) and twists it before soldering them together. The result is a twirled look for both the front and back of the ear. Another easy project involves making a spiral from round sterling silver wire.
Bracelets are the go-to jewelry accessory when all else seems too heavy. Especially bangles. 30-Minute Bracelets will be your next best jewelry crafting friend when looking for an easy project to wear now. All shapes and colors are represented as well as techniques: sewing leather, using ribbons, threading seed beads, hammering metals, embossing wires, forging and soldering, and more. Each are simple enough not to require an extensive supplies list to complete in a half hour.
Each book is sold on its own, but as a set makes any free half hour a productive one.
- 30-Minute Bracelets: 60 Quick and Creative Projects for Jewelers (30-Minute Series)
- ISBN13: 9781600594885
- 30-Minute Rings: 60 Quick & Creative Projects for Jewelers (30-Minute Series)
- ISBN13: 9781600597909
- 30-Minute Necklaces: 60 Quick & Creative Projects for Jewelers (30-Minute Series)
- ISBN13: 9781600594892
- 30-Minute Earrings: 60 Quick & Creative Projects for Jewelers (30-Minute Series)
- ISBN13: 9781600594878
Disclosure: This series was provided by the publisher and any opinions are my own.