Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections

Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections

New Techniques for Wire-wrapping and Bead-setting

Book - 2009
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"Far from its original utilitarian use to create armor the chain-mail technique has been adapted over time to create beautiful, unique jewelry. In Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections , chain-mail expert Scott David Plumlee shows jewelry makers, beaders, and crafters at all skill levels how to incorporate beads into a variety of chain-mail weaves to create showstopping pieces. First, Plumlee walks readers through basic skills and provides detailed information on traditional chain designs. He then presents more than 20 wire-wrapping and bead-setting techniques that incorporate beads seamlessly into a variety of designs, from the creative Chaos wire-wrapped bead to the sinuous Snake. With step-by-step instructions for assembling age-old chain patterns from simple to complex and gorgeous designs that can be executed using only simple hand tools, Chain and Bead Jewelry Creative Connections is sure to inspire jewelry artisans at all levels to expand the creative possibilities of their work."
Publisher: New York : Watson-Guptill Publications, 2009.
ISBN: 9780823024858
Characteristics: 160 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Jan 04, 2017

If you think you can't find books about chain maille (aka chain mail or chain-mail) look up author Scott David Plumlee and borrow his two books available from the OPL. While these books will definitely appeal to any jewellry maker interested in working with wire, chain and beads, the basics of Plumlee's chain are traditional chain maille designs. Plumlee provides excellent diagrams, directions, and details of hand movements to aid you in making the Byzantine chain. He provides excellent instructions for making your own quality jumprings, along with some details about purchasing your own. His discussion of pi (which appears in his other book is a bit misleading because it leaves out the essential point about aspect ratio necessary to understand why particular sizes of jump rings work for some chain maille designs and not others. By coincidence, his comments are true for the Byzantine weave but not for the Inca Puno and Double Chain he describes in the book. You can imply from the provided charts that pi is not the essential he claims. In his second book he provides the correct details about Aspect Ratio, the determining factor of how many rings of specific diameter will link into one ring. Suffice it to say, that if you stick with only the projects provided in the book and don't wander out of the range of wire diameters he describes, you will be successful.

The projects are innovative and accessible to beginners and more experienced users alike, and provide excellent jumping off points for creating your own unique designs. Additional projects for the book are provided at, Plumlee's website.

kat62 Jul 27, 2010

I borrowed this title recently and I marvelled at the simple beauty and originality of these designs. I've alway been fascinated by the craft of jewellery beadwork and such books inspire me to take the plunge and to finally start learning the craft!


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kat62 Jul 27, 2010

Wonderful, inspring book for the skilled jewelry maker and also some designs for the beginner.

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