This is a great cold-connection technique for joining materials together. The piece here shows the method being applied to sea plastic, but it is equally effective used on metal, wood, plastic and all sorts of found materials in a decorative, edgy kind of way. It helps to create a great look for quirky brooches, focal pieces for cuffs and statement necklaces like the one shown here.
Statement jewellery has become a staple in the modern wardrobe - nothing can lift an outfit more than a fabulous necklace or a stunning dress ring. But if you are unwilling to pay designer prices, and would prefer to have a truly unique item that is personal to you, crafted from an array of natural materials, why not make your own? Sarah Drew guides you through the discovery and selection process of sourcing decorative ingredients - whether beachcombing for sea string and driftwood, harvesting seed heads, cones and feathers from the woods, or foraging for brightly coloured discarded plastic in the city. She then gives detailed instructions on how to create beautiful pieces from your finds, such as a sea plastic cocktail ring, a driftwood deco tiara, a leaf bracelet or found-metal bead necklaces. A wide range of jewellery-making techniques include wirework, threading, beading, crocheting, soldering, making clasps and head pins, riveting, working with resin, silver-chain making, using precious metal clay, working with tube metal, applying silver inlays, ring making, working with Fimo clay, recycling paper for bead making and making claw settings.© 2015 Sarah Drew / Aurum Press · Reproduced with permission.