BellaOnline Jewelry Making Shop

BellaOnline Jewelry Making Shop

The Jewelry Making Shop contains brief descriptions and links to each of the books and products Chris has reviewed. New items are added each month. (Links to resources for purchasing these items are included in the review articles.)


Jewelry Making Books, eBooks and Magazines:
Beaded Weddings book cover

Beaded Weddings - Jean Campbell

Save money and have a truly custom wedding by making your own beaded invitations, decorations, jewelry, and accessories. This book will show you how.

Read the full review of Beaded Weddings


Silver Wire Fusing book cover

Jewelry Studio - Silver Wire Fusing - Liz Jones

This is an excellent book to help you get started making fused fine-silver jewelry and components.

Read the full review of Jewelry Studio - Silver Wire Fusing


Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads book cover

Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads - Stephanie Sersich

Learn how to make artist Stephanie Sersich's fringy glass-bead bracelets, and much more!

Read the full review of Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads


Crochet Jewelry - 40 Beautiful and Unique Designs

Crochet Jewelry - 40 Beautiful and Unique Designs - Waejong Kim and Anna Pulvermakher

This fabulous book will help you learn (or brush-up on) crochet and inspire you to use more of it in your jewelry designs.

Read the full review of Crochet Jewelry - 40 Beautiful and Unique Designs


Create Jewelry - Pearls - Luxurious Designs to Make and Wear

Create Jewelry - Pearls - Luxurious Designs to Make and Wear - Marlene Blessing & Jamie Hogsett

If you're looking for inspirational, contemporary pearl jewelry designs, this book can be of help. It's part of a series of jewelry making titles published by Interweave Press, the editors of Beadwork magazine.

Read the full review of Create Jewelry - Pearls - Luxurious Designs to Make and Wear


Wire Jewellery - 25 Crochet and Knit Wire Designs to Make

Wire Jewellery - 25 Crochet and Knit Wire Designs to Make - Kate Pullen

Author and metalsmith Kate Pullen provides step-by-step instructions for 25 original jewelry projects that you can crochet and knit using wire instead of yarn.

Read the full review of Wire Jewellery - 25 Crochet and Knit Wire Designs to Make


Jewelry Arts & Lapidary Journal Magazine

Jewelry Arts & Lapidary Journal Magazine - Interweave Press

Lapidary Journal has changed a lot over its 60-year history, but it still may be the most popular jewelry making and gemstone magazine. Find out whether a subscription to this monthly publication is right for you.

Read the full review of Lapidary Journal


Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry

Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry - Mark Lareau

Mark Lareau demystifies some basic metal jewelry fabrication techniques. This is a simple and effective introduction to metalwork for beginners.

Read the full review of Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry


Marketing and Selling Your Handmade Jewelry

Marketing and Selling Your Handmade Jewelry - Viki Lareau

Attempting to turn a jewelry-making hobby into a successful business can be a difficult and frustrating experience. Author Viki Lareau does a great job sharing her step-by-step approach for making your jewelry business dreams come true.

Read the full review of Marketing and Selling Your Handmade Jewelry


The Art of Resin Jewelry

The Art of Resin Jewelry - Sherri Haab

Author Sherri Haab demystifies the use of resin in handcrafted jewelry making. Learn how easy it is to create your own coated, molded, or formed resin jewelry at home.

Read the full review of The Art of Resin Jewelry


Ultimate Guide to Your Profitable Jewelry Booth

Ultimate Guide to Your Profitable Jewelry Booth - Rena Klingenberg

In this helpful eBook, author Rena Klingenberg helps you prepare, set up, and manage a successful jewelry vendor booth for shows, fairs, or festivals.

Read the full review of Ultimate Guide to Your Profitable Jewelry Booth


Making Colorful Wire & Beaded Jewelry

Making Colorful Wire & Beaded Jewelry - Linda Jones

This well-done book by Linda Jones can help you get started making jewelry with beads and wire.

Read the full review of Making Colorful Wire & Beaded Jewelry


Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft

Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft - Karen Christians

Finally - an up-to-date book with information to help you buy, maintain, and use a flex-shaft! Use this book to sort through all the varieties of attachments and accessories for your power rotary machine, and learn some tips and tricks from the true experts. It's a little more expensive than most books of its size, but if you use a flex-shaft (or want to), you'll probably find that it's worth its weight in retail price.

Read the full review of the Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft


The Bead Directory

The Bead Directory - Elise Mann

This handy manual can help you make the right decisions when shopping for beads. It contains lots of full-color pictures of the most common types, shapes, and materials of beads and findings on the market, and provides detailed information on the size, weight, relative price, and more in depth information on each.

Read the full review of The Bead Directory


Trashmash DIY Bangles eBook - Donna Grimstvedt

Donna's Trashmash material can easily be made at home from items you would normally throw away. Learn how to create unique, lightweight bangles and other jewelry inspired by the garden-art material hypertufa.

Read the full review of Trashmash DIY Bangles


Simple Lace and Other Beaded Jewelry Patterns

Simple Lace and Other Beaded Jewelry Patterns - Mary Ellen Harte

If you're interested in learning how to create fun and feminine jewelry using seed beads and thread, the big, clear illustrations and easy projects in this book will get you going.

Read the full review of Simple Lace and Other Patterns


Advanced Beadwork - Ruth F. Poris

This book covers all the time-tested, standard techniques for creating all types of bead jewelry. Beginners will find it useful for getting started, and even pros will refer to it from time to time as a reference.

Read the full review of Advanced Beadwork


Jewelry Making Products:

The Bead Spinner

The Bead Spinner

My review of The Bead Spinner, which can save you time stringing beads with thread or wire, plus some tips for getting the best bead-spinning results.

Read the full review of The Bead Spinner


Jewel School Basic Wire Wrapping DVD Kit

The first DVD in Jewelry Television's Jewel School series shows you how to make beautiful, high-quality, wire-wrapped rock and cabochon pendants and charms. The optional kit contains all the tools and supplies you'll need to get started.

Read the full review of Jewel School Basic Wire Wrapping DVD Kit


The EZ Bracelet Sizer

The EZ Bracelet Sizer

The EZ Bracelet Sizer can help you make beaded bracelets that fit properly, no matter how large or small their beads are.

Read the full review of the EZ Bracelet Sizer


The Cloud Dome

The Cloud Dome

The Cloud Dome solves many of the problems you'll encounter when digitally photographing your jewelry designs.

Read the full review of The Cloud Dome


Swanstrom Wire Looping Pliers

Swanstrom Wire Looping Pliers take the guesswork out of creating consistent wire-wrap loops for wire jewelry, but they may not be right for you.

Read the full review of Swanstrom Wire Looping Pliers


If you're just getting started making jewelry, or if you'd like a handy reference guide to help you with your craft, pick up a copy of Chris's own book, Teach Yourself Visually: Jewelry Making & Beading:

Teach Yourself Visually - Jewelry Making & Beading





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