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Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet: Making Designer Metal Jewelry (Lark Jewelry Book) [Hardcover]

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Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 8.75" Height: 10.25"
Weight:   1.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 3, 2008
Publisher   Lark Books
ISBN  1600591256  
EAN  9781600591259  

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An introduction to handcrafted designer-quality jewelry offers detailed directions for twenty unusual jewelry projects, including a twisted wire choker, bangle bracelet, bead pod pin, and mixed metal earrings, along with step-by-step illustrations that demonstrate a range of jewelry-making techniques and materials.

Publishers Description
Making gorgeous handcrafted jewelry can be an amazingly simple process that even beginners will quickly master—as long as they have this guide by their side. Written by an experienced artist and teacher, and generously illustrated with attractive how-to photos and drawings, it demonstrates a wealth of easy techniques in superb detail. Twenty dazzling projects—including a twisted wire choker, bangle bracelet, bead pod pin, and mixed metal earrings— are created by wrapping, stitching, and folding metal, and by making cold connections with basic screws, bolts, pop rivets, eyelets, brads, and nails. Sophisticated photographs of each piece highlight its rich textures and visual complexity. Would-be jewelers will love this—and beaders, memory crafters, and anyone eager to explore metal jewelry will want it, too!

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A Wonderful Book I Go Back to Over and Over!  Nov 1, 2008
Fiber artist, Mary Hettmansperger has written a lovely book applying a fiber artist eye to metals. If you're new to incorporating metals into your jewelry, Hettmansperger has written a comprehensive introduction to tools and metals you'll find very helpful. The explicit directions on which tools and metals to buy with photos is invaluable to someone who's got the itch to use metal but doesn't really know how to go about it. Let's not forget the comprehensive section on patinas - which is worth the price of the book all by itself!

I enjoyed seeing the "gallery style" pictures of art pieces using particular techniques in the chapter devoted to the particular technique. For example, Wire Wrapping is covered on page 26 and a picture of Janice Berkebile's "Lillies and Leaves #1" is included. It's a fine piece demonstrating how to use wire wrapping in a finished piece. Rather than saving it for the end of the book, it's included here where Hettmansperger describes wire wrapping. Wonderful! But Hettmansperger isn't done yet. A bonus is the gallery at the end of the book - I feel like the book is a tasty double dip sundae, with yummy surprises of finished art pieces throughout with a sweet candy confection to finish it off at the end. The gallery is full of lovely finished pieces that will make your creative mouth water!

There's a good mix of photos and drawings throughout the book to demonstrate how to do each technique and project. Projects are divided according to technique and there is a chapter on Wraps and Folds, Commerical Cold Connections, Wire Work and Stitching. If you're familiar with Hettmansperger's other book, Fabulous Woven Jewelry, you'll see her fiber background shine in the chapters on Wire Work and Stitching.

I admit to buying the book because of the chapter on Wraps and Folds and the Bead Shelf Necklace project in particular, I thought it was just lovely. I had to make it and did! I made it larger creating a small wall hanging entitled,"What Lies Beneath" incorporating my handmade lampwork beads. Hettmansperger's blog invited readers to post their version of her projects on it. I've posted," What Lies Beneath" over there and on my own blog. The project that follows the Bead Shelf Necklace is the Wrapped Beads Necklace, my version is currently in progress. Bending metal is almost as therapeutic as pounding it! While I was excited over the Wraps and Folds chapter, equally exciting to create are the Woven Windows pin (p. 64) where you weave pieces of metal to make a pin, or the Looped Silver Cone Necklace (p.83) using a sewing technique to create a unique pendant sewn with silver wire.

One thing I haven't mentioned yet is how the directions are structured for each project. There is a large picture of the finished project, a short paragraph describing the main technique learned followed by headers: Techniques describing all the techniques you'll use in the project; Materials listing the metal sheeting by gauge, wire by metal and gauge and findings/embellishments; Tools; "What You Do" the step by step directions for completing the project. It's a very organized structure and is highlighted so it makes it very easy to figure out what you need to do the project. A definite plus.

All in all, Wrap, Stitch, Fold, & Rivet is a clearly written, lovely book for the beginning to intermediate student who wants to start including metals into her/his jewelry with a distinct preference for texture and a fiber artist perspective. I find myself going through it again and again and you will too!
Love this book!  Oct 30, 2008
This is a very well executed book, with clear directions and nice photographs. She also gives you lots of alternative ideas to make each style your own. I definitely recommend it.
Metal Fabric  Sep 13, 2008
OK, I read the other reviews and especially noted the one that sort of slammed the book written by an experienced silversmith. I'm not way great as a silversmith but I'm OK and I liked this book. The photos are great and the ideas are even greater. There is nothing better than a creative mind and the author, Mary, appears to have one. The instructions were not as detailed as I would like them. In some places I was saying 'What?'. What am I supposed to do next? Now I often say that with Tim McCreight also and he writes a really good book and is really respected in the community. Mary (I'm just not doing her last name) is great. The book revs my juices to try some crazy stuff. Let's keep things positive. It's a good book with new ideas.
Interesting Ideas for non-traditional metal work  Sep 2, 2008
I would agree with other reviewers that the techniques in this book are not stardard metal smithing techniques, but that makes it all the more interesting. I often teach short classes to teens and this provides some great project ideas for beginers as well as some interesting techniques to use to make my own projects. I like the photos, the instructions are clear and it provides some great foder for new projects.
THE Best!  Aug 26, 2008
I bought this book because it had the word "Rivet" in its title and I want to know more about the use of rivets. While I didn't learn much about rivets from this book I quickly fell in love with the projects, instructions, and fabulous examples of work by other artists. I've created six pieces from the projects in 2 days and they are so easy and gratifying. You can take the projects and let your imagination run wild to create your own unique and very special jewelry. Absolutely my favorite jewelry technique book and I have a LOT in my library. If you are interested in creating pieces that truly qualify as wearable art (versus the safe same old same old) this book is a must for both instruction and inspiration!

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