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Cagework Beadery in the Haskell Style: An Introductory

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Published on Dec 10, 2010

I've been in love with Haskell jewelry since the day I bought my first piece. The flow, the beauty, the imagination of these intricately wired and beaded pieces were the impetus behind my attempting to learn how to make jewelry, over twenty years ago. I view it as sort of embroidery or even collage, wired to a perforated or filigree base. This type of jewelry employs very basic beading and wire working technique, as well as manipulation of brass stampings, and collage. Maybe you have looked at this style and thought, I couldn't do that....yes you can. If you have an eye for style, want to study vintage jewelry a bit, and some determination, you'll be turning out pretty pieces before you know it. As for me....no, I'm not an expert. What I THINK I understand is the soul of this sort of jewelry, and really.....that's where it begins. You can learn technique all day long, but if you never 'get' the soul of the work, it will end up looking like just another seed-beaded jewelry item. THAT IS NOT what this is. You'll need a focal...you may have to build it. You will need things like rose montees and rhinestone headpins, old Czech glass when you can get it, vintage pearls if available. You will need 28 ga. goldplated wire, and you will need filigree. B'sue Boutiques is found at http://www.bsueboutiques.com and carries many filigree styles that were actually used in the old caged jewelry---Miriam Haskell was only ONE line that employed this technique--and we carry a decent authentic RUSSIAN GOLDPLATED FINISH which is the closest thing you will ever find to the vintage filigree used in these collectable pieces. I will show you the difference in this video and what to look for. One last very important thing you must get is the book, MIRIAM HASKELL JEWELRY by Cathy Gordon and Sheila Pamfiloff, as you will learn the about the evolution of this company and its design, and you will get such an education. I encourage NO ONE to copy ANY of the old designs. Learning to cage is NOT about COPYING VINTAGE PIECES. It is about TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL. I hope you will! This video was hard to put together as it was difficult to know where to start.....but I finally decided to dive in. Let's take this journey together.

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