Origami Jewelry by Ayako Brodek

origami jewelry Origami Jewelry: More Than 40 Exquisite Designs to Fold and Wear by Ayako Brodek provides excellent instructions on how to create durable and wearable origami jewelry. This books is great if you are an origami enthusiasts but have little experience with jewelry making. It is also great if you are familiar with jewelry making but have little knowledge of origami. Brodek bridges the divide so that almost anyone can create beautiful and enduring origami jewelry.

The book is 128 pages: the first 25 pages are devoted to tools and techniques. This includes information on:
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  • the pros and cons of different kinds of origami paper,
  • equipment specific to folding origami such as bone folders & paper cutters;
  • equipment specific to jewelry making such as pliers & findings;
  • techniques & terminology specific to paper folding such as origami symbols & bases;
  • techniques specific to jewelry making such as open & close jump rings, attaching clasps, forming eye loops; and
  • special touches to make your jewelry dangle, shimmer, and shine!

As the title suggests, there are over 40 projects which come in pairs or triplets: a necklace with matching earrings and bracelet; or a hair clip with its companion brooch. The projects are divided into 5 categories as shown:
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Spring:
  Rose
  Butterfly
  Flower
  Rabbit
  Chick in Egg
  Flower
  Flower/Butterfly
  Earrings

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    Brooch

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  Necklace






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  Bracelet


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Summer:
  Fish
  Sunburst
  Candy Colors
  Crab
  Seashell

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Fall:
  Leaf
  Chunky Bead
  Shades of Fall
  Pumpkin
  Pinecone

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Winter:
  Tree
  Star
  Festive Foil
  Wreath
  Angel
  Heart

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Japanese:
  Crane
  Kinomo
  Paper Fan
  Samurai Helmet
  Frog

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origami jewelry The books is visually stimulating and very colorful. Origami instructions are in the form of line drawings with the traditional dot-dot-dot lines to indicate where to fold. Jewelry assembly instructions are in the form of hand drawn images. All finished projects are shown in color photos.

All in all, this books is very well done: clear & complete instructions to make beautiful projects. There is enough information about jewelry making and about origami to make it possible to create origami jewelry.

origami jewelry Warning:
For those who do not know how to make origami, be prepared to practice folding origami before making jewelry out of them. It is best to practice folding with larger paper and then proceed to smaller paper as you become more familiar.

For those who have never made jewelry before, be prepared to invest money in buy the supplies needed. Needle nose pliers and such tools are a must have and can cost $10 to $30. The price of fish hook earring, pins, beads and other findings will add up quickly if you have nothing to begin with. Admittedly, once you have bought the supplies, there will be enough of them for you to make many projects.