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Product Details

  • Series: 30-Minute Series
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600594883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600594885
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

“A whopping 60 projects for bracelets … I would use this book as a Look Book and a jumping-off point for your own creativity.” --Lori Anderson, Pretty Things blog
 


Praise for 30-Minute Necklaces:
“Wonderful! If you are looking for designs to jump-start your own creative juices, you've definitely come to the right place!”-Beading Arts

About the Author

Since 2000, Marthe Le Van has written, edited, juried, or curated more than 40 books, including the first three titles in the 30-Minute Series, 30-Minute Earrings, 30-Minute Necklaces, and 30-Minute Rings. She has edited all the jewelry books in Lark's popular 500 Series and is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

More About the Author

Marthe Le Van is a jewelry editor and curator. She is also co-owner of Mora, a designer jewelry boutique in Asheville, North Carolina. From 2000 to 2011 Le Van was a senior editor for Lark Books, where she, edited, juried, or curated more than 60 titles. The books she's authored on making jewelry include 30-Minute Earrings, 30-Minute Necklaces, Stitched Jewels, Prefab Jewelry, Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects, and The Art of Jewelry: Paper Jewelry. Marthe has also served as the editor for all jewelry books in Lark's popular "500" series, as well as the juror for 500 Wedding Rings and the curator for 21st Century Jewelry and Masters: Gold. She is a member of the Art Jewelry Forum and the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Customer Reviews

Every conceivable material is utilized to create the imaginative objects.
Razine Wenneker
I will soon be starting a new business and these magazines give me pointers that will help me to make my own designs and what to do to make them a bit different.
L. Catt
Aimee A. Domash's bangle bracelet made from clear plastic folders and cold fusion metal techniques is one of my favorites because the method is so adaptable.
Shala Kerrigan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Razine Wenneker on May 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I recently reviewed Lark Books 30 Minute Earrings by Marthe LeVan, so that is where the mathematical equation comes into play. "Three's company and four's a crowd" is certainly not true in this case. The 45 designers create 60 playful and fanciful projects. Each book is filled with clever and easy-to-do assortments of bodily adornments.

The beginning introductory section in each book prepares one for a wonderful creative adventure. Every conceivable material is utilized to create the imaginative objects. Author posts clever time driven organization in each section. GET READY emphasizes skills needed. GET SET focuses on tools and materials, GO guides one down the instructional path.

Each project makes one feel the time is now. There is something for every spirit and season. I wanted to get started immediately. How exciting it would be if I were a creature from outer space. That way, I would have enough fingers, wrists, necks, and ears to parade across the universe bedecked in all my finery.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sbelle on June 24, 2012
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I purchased this book with the intention of learning techniques for a variety of jewelry styles. It contains many different designs and directions for each. I am a novice metal-jewelry-maker and appreciate references that help me practice the techniques I learn in classes. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have several of the 30 Minute series. One of the things I like about them is they are collections of projects by different artists, so they use different techniques and have very different styles. While most projects aren't 30 minute projects unless you're experienced, they are projects that are reasonably quick and will help you practice core jewelry making techniques. Many of them require that you know the basics, how to saw, pierce, dap and solder. They have step by step instructions but no diagrams. Knowledge of basic techniques is assumed in the projects.

Bracelets are my favorite type of project. I'm primarily a beader, but have also worked with metal, both cold and hot connection techniques.

The projects in this book cover a wide range of looks, from very artistic pieces to simpler pieces that make very nice casual jewelry. The materials are also varied and as always, include some very creative material re-use.

Aimee A. Domash's bangle bracelet made from clear plastic folders and cold fusion metal techniques is one of my favorites because the method is so adaptable. It's one that's easy to customize to your tastes and it is a true 30 minute project.

Kelly Jones' project uses one of my favorite types of hardware for jewelry making. Internal retaining rings which has a wonderful crescent shape and holes in the ends. Also a 30 minute or less project.

For metal work, my favorite piece is the movable bars in a bracelet designed by Isabelle Lamontagne. Unless you're already comfortable with the techniques used, this will not be a 30 minute project for some people. It is however a very satisfying project.

There are a bunch of beaded projects, my favorite is the cold worked cube bead bracelet by Kimberly Fistler.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Hill HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
"30-Minute Bracelets" is a great collection of quick, but practical high quality projects that can actually be completed in right around a half-hour of actual bench working time. This excellent book is part of a series that also includes 30-Minute Earrings: 60 Quick & Creative Projects for Jewelers (30-Minute Series), 30-Minute Necklaces: 60 Quick & Creative Projects for Jewelers (30-Minute Series), and 30-Minute Rings: 60 Quick & Creative Projects for Jewelers (30-Minute Series).

Each project includes a list of the skills and techniques that are required (soldering, wirework, forming, etc), a list of required materials (types of wire, beads, glues, tools, etc), and the actual instructions. The instructions are well written and easy to follow, but do not contain step-by-step photos/illustrations.

It should be noted that the projects are geared more to the Intermediate and above skill level as basic techniques are not covered in detail. We have been making jewelry for awhile now, so I consider my skill level to be Intermediate to Advanced and did not find anything here that was above my ability.

I am very impressed with this book and the selection of worthwhile projects that were included! This is a great series to keep on the shelf for those days when you have a bit of extra time.

Highly Recommended!

CFH

NOTE: The publisher provided me a copy of this book to review, but that in way influences my rating or comments.
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By A. Meier on March 9, 2014
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Many of these projects take longer than 30 minutes, do not kid yourself! But there is plenty of inspiration here. I did anneal and cut one price of metal into a nice cuff bracelet in about 45 minutes.
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I have purchased 3 books in the series; 30-Minute Bracelets, Rings, and Earrings. They are all terrific. Many different ideas are offered in each book - something for everyone.
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By Amazon Customer on January 27, 2014
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Do look inside before buying! I can't judge the metalwork instructions; I was considering this for a gift. However, many of the designs seem to me Really Ugly, so you would be wise to see if they are to your taste before spending money. Others look like they would be a hazard to skin or clothing. Not for me!
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