April 2017 (3), March 2017 (2), February 2017 (2), January 2017 (3), December 2016 (5), November 2016 (2), October 2016 (1), September 2016 (1), August 2016 (2), July 2016 (2), June 2016 (2), May 2016 (3), April 2016 (1), March 2016 (4), February 2016 (3), January 2016 (3), December 2015 (6), November 2015 (2), October 2015 (5), September 2015 (4), August 2015 (2), July 2015 (1), June 2015 (4), May 2015 (2), March 2015 (1), February 2015 (2), November 2014 (1), October 2014 (2), September 2014 (1), August 2014 (3), July 2014 (1), June 2014 (2), May 2014 (5), April 2014 (7), March 2014 (2), February 2014 (3), January 2014 (3), December 2013 (1), November 2013 (6), October 2013 (5), September 2013 (9), August 2013 (4), July 2013 (7), June 2013 (4), May 2013 (10), April 2013 (3), March 2013 (7), February 2013 (4), January 2013 (5), November 2012 (1), May 2012 (1), December 2011 (1)
Jul 24, 2015 — Have you ever seen beautiful jewelry creations in magazines or online and wished that you could create the same types of pieces? I often wish that I had the ability and the time to be able to come up with some of the novel pieces that I see everywhere I look these days. Jewelry is an ever-growing business and one in which you can be as creative or not in what you decide to make. In other words, the sky’s the limit and anything can be used to make a wonderful, unique piece.
The problem is that there is an overwhelming number of items available to work with and sometimes it’s hard to know how to get started. There is no reason to stress though because the Daviess County Public Library has plenty of resources to get you started. We have quite a large crafts section on the 1st floor to peruse. Let me give you an idea of just how many adult non-fiction books that we have on this subject.
When I perform a search in our Polaris online catalog under vintage jewelry design, I am able to pull up 3 books on the subject. The titles are as follows: Vintage jewelry design: classics to collect and wear; The art of resin jewelry; and Bohemian-inspired jewelry. However, when I perform a search on “jewelry making,” I am able to pull up 121 books in that area, which is a great deal more than the original search. Sometimes you just have to try a variety of searches in order to get what you want.
In addition to a wide variety of books on jewelry, there are also a wide variety of online websites that can really help you get started finding vintage jewelry and/or how to make it yourself. These sites are all easily accessible here at the Daviess County Public Library using our Internet services as long as you bring your library card with you. Here is a sample listing of some of the best sites I have come across:
In any event, you get the idea that there are a lot of different sites and ways to get access to jewelry online. My other recommendations for gathering the needed jewelry supplies is to go “junk jewelry” hunting at places like flea markets, estate sales, auctions, antique stores, consignment shops, etc.
The ultimate goal should be to have fun in whatever you decide to do in crafting the perfect piece.