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Aimee Ray's Sweet & Simple Jewelry: 17 Designers, 10 Techniques & 32 Projects to Make Paperback – July 2, 2013
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Aimee Ray's Sweet & Simple Jewelry: 17 Designers, 10 Techniques & 32 Projects to Make,
is hip, fanciful and very different!
It is packed with colorful projects of all sorts. In fact, color is definitely one of the lively forces which unites this book, no matter what technique is being offered.
Ask yourself these questions: Do you like bright, pretty color? Are you into folkloric-style jewelry? Are you curious concerning how to embroider,
cross-stitch, felt, and use resin, as well as employ paper clay and paints in different ways than you may already be familiar with? Just for starters?
Would you find it fun, as a designer, to expand your knowledge base to include easy to create yet thoroughly enchanting, completely pretty, very new, very fresh styles of jewelry?
If so, you will love this book! It is very cool!
If you have been stuck in a creative rut, "get your jewelry on" with Aimee and her friends!
The little sketches by the author which are scattered through the book, the gorgeous photography,
and the innovative projects will call to you.
For this reviewer, many of the techniques seen here I have ALWAYS wanted to learn and employ in my own jewelry.
One look at the cover will help you to decide if you are as drawn to the many styles of jewelry making offered within this book as I am.
I looked at the cover and said "Wow--this is for ME!"
The fact that "Simple" is a part of the title is a boon.
It is not always all about the Great Challenge.
Sometimes it is about the Pretty Challenge.Read more ›
From the back of the book, "Best-selling craft authors Aimee Ray and Kathy Sheldon - along with top Etsy and indie designers - present 32 of the most beautiful, on-trend jewelry projects anywhere!"
In this book:
32 projects from 17 designers
Learn basic wire wrapping
Learn how to use resin
Learn how to use felt and fabric in jewelry designs
My favorite thing about this book: it's easy to read layout with full page close up shots of the finished project. The table of contents has a thumbnail preview of each finished jewelry piece making it quick to locate one to your liking. The Basics section touches on everything you'll need, from making your own cabochons and cameos to needle felting and embroidery techniques.
Of all projects, three stand out for me to try later:
*Felted Terrarium Necklace: A cute miniature mushroom made of wool roving and felt scraps. Designed by Aimee Ray.
*Cabochon Hairpins: You make your own cabochons or use vintage ones and affix them to hairpins. I could think of a million variations to these. Designed by Kathy Sheldon.
*Dandelion Wish Necklace: A clever 'wish in a jar' using dandelion seeds. Designed by Aimee Ray and Jessica Berner.
Templates in the back (all are copy at 100% - easy!) are for 11 of the projects. Many of the pieces use materials you already have: white glue, acrylic paints, ball chains, epoxy clay, wool roving, scrap felt pieces, miscellaneous jewelry findings, scrap linen and different fabrics.
If there is a project you want to do and you don't have the materials for it, move on to one similar that you do have everything for. The hard part will be to choose. All are easy to accomplish in an afternoon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book has really colorful and fairly simple ideas in it. I especially like the felt wrist cuff, the owl, and the fox designs. It will be fun to make many of the designsPublished 9 months ago by Jade P. Meador
All of the projects are adorable- and I actually read this book because I loved the way it is written.Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
The designs are very basic/simple. It would be easy for a tween to follow the instructions.Published 14 months ago by Annette R Hennesey
I love all of Aimee Ray's craft books. Her ideas are simple enough for the novice to grasp; but, detailed to challenge the experienced crafter. Read morePublished 18 months ago by S. Devine
This was a book with a very pretty look and feel but not that useful in the end. Needed better supply resources.Published on December 17, 2013 by Lauraz