A Bounty of Bead and Wire Series: Bracelets and Necklaces

Looking to work some fun and fast worked jewelry projects but can't decide which beading book to go to first? The series Bounty of Bead and Wire is a collection of 50 projects from the best books from Lark Jewelry and Beading. Here is a peak at two of the books in the series: Necklaces, and Bracelets.

A Bounty of Bead and Wire Necklaces

The back of the book states it all with this sentence: "Even a first-time crafter can make these 50 inventive projects, and experienced beaders will find plenty of inspiration." The brief Basics chapter in the front will get any beader started with a rundown on findings, tools, beads, and techniques. The Key to Wire Gauges was especially helpful for me, and the step by step photos for Making Wrapped Loops was a great refresher course on this valuable loop. Also, the illustration on what the different necklace lengths are called was new to me (do you know the difference between a choker, princess, matinee, opera, or a rope necklace length is?).

The 50 projects are each pictured in the front for easy reference and finding, and the projects run the gambit from ultra simple to exotic and sophisticated. Each project has a materials and tools list, along with easy to follow instructions, well-defined illustrations, and color pictures.
A Bounty of Bead and Wire Bracelets

Set up much like the Necklaces book, A Bounty of Bead and Wire Bracelets is a selection of 50 of the most popular bracelets from various beading books from the Lark library. The projects here include just about every bracelet angle: bangles, cuffs, wraps, chains, charm bracelets, twists, and more. You'll find much of the same basic information at the beginning, but topics are unique and tailored to the bracelets, such as drilling holes in metal, reaming beads, and working with liver of sulfur patina.
Both books have biographies for each of the designers in the book, and most of those have websites or contact information that accompany them for more information on the different designers' works. Also, both books are edited by Nathalie Mornu, an editor for Lark Jewelry and Beading. I loved the advice she gives at the end of Bracelets: When it comes to bracelets, Natalie has a recommendation: for best results, wear a whole mess of them all at once! What great advice for any beader. :)

Renee Shelton.