Glass beads, in all their infinite shapes and sizes, add a magical dimension to jewelry design. Stephanie Sersich, a lampwork artist and jewelry designer known for her adventurous use of color, shares her insights, inspirations, and special methods for success in Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads.
Learn Stephanie's process for creating great jewelry by starting with a primer on the different types of glass beads and how they are made. Then explore creativity with key principles of design including repetition, balance, contrast, texture, and color, all discussed in an accessible, conversational writing style illustrated with beautiful photographs. For the first time, the author shares her special method of knotting beads and fibers-called "spiny knotting" and until now only taught in her classes-as well as other new and exclusive projects. Throughout the book, sidebars on the inspirations and creations of other glass jewelry artists, as well as insight into the author's evolution as an artist, offer unique perspectives on creating artful glass jewelry.
Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads features twenty dazzling step-by-step projects incorporating a variety of beading techniques from simple to complex. The projects are fully illustrated and include wirework, stringing, sewing, and a variety of knotting techniques. Readers will build their skills by progressing through the projects and using the design tips in each project to make unique variations.
Projects will allow readers to use a mix of inexpensive, commercially available beads as well as one-of-a-kind handmade glass beads. A resource guide offers readers options for sourcing glass beads at a wide range of price points.
Raised by artist parents, Stephanie Sersich has been making jewelry since she was a child. In 1996, Stephanie learned lampworking from Sage Holland and her master-beadmaker husband, Tom. She then taught herself a variety of traditional stringing and knotting techniques. Her signature color sense is inspired by textiles, art history, and her mother's garden.
Stephanie's beads and jewelry have appeared in several books, including Exquisite Beaded Jewelry, 1000 Glass Beads, and Beading for the Soul (Interweave Press). She has been profiled in several magazines including Bead & Button, Ornament, Jewelry Artist, and Beadwork. She teaches workshops internationally and exhibits at all of the major bead shows plus several galleries, and her work can be found at sssbeads.com. Stephanie lives in Portland, Maine.