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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454707925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454707929
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aimee Ray’s Sweet and Simple Jewelry is just that, adorable and sweet. As a former graphic designer, she has an eye for simple beauty. Her book focuses on inspiration and ideas to delight beginners and experienced crafters with unique materials and techniques. The text begins with an introduction and basics covering the embroidery stitches and other techniques used throughout the projects. Beginners will definitely want to review these fundamentals first. The text is filled with beautiful color photographs of each project and includes a variety of materials and trends. Bound to be popular are “feather earrings” and “cameo and dangle earrings.” Each design features a list of needed materials and tools at the beginning and presents numbered directions. Although the book lacks diagrams and assumes some prior knowledge of technique and basic skills, the jewelry featured is trendy, so the book will definitely be a popular title with young-adult crafters. --Rebecca Pfenning

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“Ray (Doodle Stitching) and Sheldon (Shrink! Shrank! Shrunk! Make Stylish Shrink Plastic Jewelry) have curated a collection of fun and quirky jewelry incorporating a number of techniques such as embroidery, needle felting, and basic bead stringing. Most of the projects require only entry-level skills (and entry-level tools), but the results are surprisingly sophisticated, and the standouts are reminiscent of the trendy accessories popular on Etsy (or in funky craft boutiques). VERDICT - DIYers with a taste for cute crafts will appreciate this book, and these introductory projects may whet their appetite for more advanced work, especially in embroidery and needle felting.” --Library Journal
 
“These simple jewelry projects are the perfect way to learn some of the newest techniques in jewelry making.” —Jewelry Stringing

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It is filled with bright pictures and super simple instructions.
Succotash
What I liked most about this book is the marriage of jewelry design with traditional crafting techniques.
Sara Oehler
I would wear pretty much everything in the book and I love that I can make them myself, too.
CuteEverything

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
The latest book by author and designer Aimee Ray,

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara Oehler on July 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is such a nice concept. The book offer 32 projects from 17 designers. The designs are just as advertised by the name, "sweet and simple." It almost felt like I was flipping through someone's jewelry-making pinterest board. What I liked most about this book is the marriage of jewelry design with traditional crafting techniques. For example, projects using fabric, felt or needlepoint felt like a nice bridge between traditional crafts and jewelry making. Having said that, I don't think that this book is for an advanced jewelry maker. But, I do think that it is a nice option for a crafter moving into making jewelry. Although a few of the ideas may give some inspiration to a seasoned jewelry designer, most of them are for a beginner or novice who is just getting started.

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
Templates included
Learn basic wire wrapping
Learn how to use resin
Learn how to use felt and fabric in jewelry designs
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Succotash on August 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
Sweet and simple is the key to all the projects in Aimee Ray's latest Sweet and Simple Jewelry. It is filled with bright pictures and super simple instructions. 17 designers collaborated to make the book, with 32 different projects to choose from.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CuteEverything TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 11, 2013
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I couldn't believe all the cuteness in this book. I was surprised at how completely adorable all of the ideas were! I actually felt inspired to start up a jewelry biz using these designs (or encouraging my daughter to do so!). I loved the Butterfly Specimen Locket, soo cute!! And the Nest Brooch filled with tiny, shiny eggs was delightful. I would wear pretty much everything in the book and I love that I can make them myself, too. I also love to play around with the tools, so I appreciated all the info and how-to's for jewelry making.
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