Chica and I have yet to write a post about a very popular craft â€” jewelry making. Imagine our delight when a book on just that subject came across our desk about a week ago. Rejuvenated Jewels: New Designs for Vintage Treasures (Quarry Books 2008) by Amy Hanna was just the thing to get our creative minds buzzing on how we could make some jewelry of our own. In particular, we thought the projects in this book would be the perfect inspiration for making a present for Motherâ€™s Day. I know my mom and grandmother both have quite a few vintage pieces of costume jewelry collecting dust in their jewelry boxes. Amy Hannaâ€™s book gives plenty of ideas on breathing life back into these one-of-a-kind pieces.
â€œIt is my most sincere wish that by reading this book you will be encouraged and inspired to look at your forgotten or unused jewelry, gems, and beads in a new light and give them a fresh start.â€1
I want to share a few of my favorite project ideas from Amyâ€™s book with you all today in hopes that they will inspire you to go rummaging through a yard sale or your own jewelry stash to make some custom pieces.
As you read through the projects in her book, pay attention to the call-outs sprinkled throughout offering additional tips. These are especially helpful if you are new to jewelry making like Chica and I are but arenâ€™t a burden if you are an old hand at the craft. Amy Hanna gives just enough information for beginners to get you started but not so much that an experienced reader would feel uninspired by her writing.
These sample projects are just a teaser to all of the delightful jewelry making inspiration you will find in Amy Hannaâ€™s book. The project images are almost descriptive enough to show how to make the pieces but Amy also gives thorough instructions on each of her projects. My favorite thing though is how she offers alternative material suggestions if you canâ€™t find the exact item she uses in a project. Before I saw this, I was a bit daunted that I could never recreate anything like her pieces without doing a lot of hunting on ebay or through thrift stores.
Stay tuned for our own jewelry making post based on the designs within Amy Hannaâ€™s book.
- 1,2 Hanna, Amy. Rejuvenated Jewels: New Designs from Vintage Treasures. (Beverly, Mass: Quarry, 2009) 9.