Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry

"This book is dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of the Sequential Byzantine chain."

From the Publisher, Watson-Guptill Publications
* Beaders and wireworkers will be en-chain-ted by the chance to make their own chains
* Classical chain designs in silver, copper, and brass
* Entire chain-making process is explained and illustrated step-by-step
* One of a kind!

Handcrafting Chain and Bead Jewelry shows how to create beautiful, dimensional silver, copper, and brass chains using simple tools. The main style is based on the elegant, classical Byzantine pattern, and uses the Golden Ratio to determine the circumference of a chain’s interlocking rings based on the thickness of the wire. Illustrated step-by-step directions show how to calculate the circumference of the rings, how to wrap wire into coils, how to cut, and finally, how to assemble the chain. Starting from the basic Byzantine, new chain makers can then progress to increasingly Byzantine variations, including linear, knot, crown, and combination chains. Incorporating beads and charms offers endless possibilities for crafters who will soon, surely, be locked up in chains!

Scott David Plumlee, an authority on ancient chain designs, has created more than sixty unique chain designs based on mathematical formulas. His chain-making workshops have been presented throughout Washington State. He now lives in Manhattan, Kansas.

Pssst....you can order the book from the author and get it autographed!

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