After exploring the exquisite ideas and 35 projects showcased in this one-of-a-kind jewelry collection, you'll never look at "found items" the same way again. There are countless suggestions for recycling everyday objects, from electrical wire to soda cans, and uncovering their vast potential for beauty. Begin transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary by examining various metal types and forms, and the techniques for shaping and cold-connecting them. Select from a range of surface finishing treatments, and find out about special skills often used for working with stones, shells, plastic, wood, and bone. The wildly creative pieces include a driftwood brooch, a bracelet with wooden game pieces, and a pendant featuring old boat charts. A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club.
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Just because the raw materials for these projects are castoffs--small forks, pencil stubs, broken glass, old magazines--it doesn't mean the results are second-rate. Nope. The projects here are pretty classy, and definitely not for crafters unwilling to put some time into learning basic metalworking techniques, such as soldering and sawing. Fortunately, some technical instruction, including a preamble about tools, prefaces the 40 funky, gorgeous, and sometimes outrageous jewelry designs (contributed by 16 artists) to adorn neck, ears, ankles, and wrists. The projects, even the fairly easy ones such as laminated stamp earrings, are demanding, though the step-by-step text is pretty straightforward and accompanying illustrations help visualize the instructions. Along with photos of the projects are pictures of dramatic creations credited to other artists. These occasionally overwhelm the photos meant to illustrate the procedures, but they still provide a dazzling array of jewelry-box options to make in the future. Stephanie Zvirin
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"* "A dazzling array of jewellery-box options." - Booklist * "A comprehensive study of the genre at its best." - Art Jewelry"
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