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About the Author

Mark Montano is part of the design team for TLC’s While You Were Out and the host of TLC’s Ten Years Younger, as well as co-host of the Style network’s My Celebrity Home. He is a contributing editor to CosmoGIRL! magazine, and his weekly column, “Make Your Mark,” appears in more than seventy newspapers across the country. Mark is the author of Super Suite and Dollar Store Décor and co-author of Window Treatments and Slipcovers for Dummies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451685289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451685282
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hello everyone! Thank you for your interest in my books. Well, THE BIG-A#S BOOK OF CRAFTS 2 is officially on the shelves after 2 years of writing and gluing things together. It's filled with over 150 projects made with stuff you can find almost anywhere and probably already have! Make sure to join the Big A*# Blog: http://markmontanoblogs.blogspot.com/ (I'd love to see you there). Where do I begin? I guess you should know that I was a fashion designer in New York City for most of my career. Yup, I showed with the big designers in the tents and had HUGE fashion shows which you can see on Youtube if you're interested. Through a series of terrific opportunities I became a writer and editor for Hearst Publications at Cosmo Girl! Magazine and stayed there for 10 years writing the COOL ROOM column which I turned into a book called Super Suite: The Ultimate Bedroom Makeover Guide for Girls. I also wrote a syndicated column for Knight Ridder called Make Your Mark which ran in 70 newspaper across the country. During that time I was offered a designer role on the TLC show WHILE YOU WERE OUT and after several years I became the host of the show 10 YEARS YOUNGER, also on TLC. That's the show where we put people in a glass box and guess their age. After 10 YY I was lucky enough to land more TV roles. MY CELEBRITY HOME on Style and SHE'S MOVING IN on WE TV, a recurring role on THE TONY DANZA SHOW and then MY HOME 2.0 for FOX. All during this filming I've been writing books about craft, home decor and anything I can create using commonly found objects. Look under your kitchen sink and we'll find something amazing for a project! Thanks for visiting me here and you can always contact me at MarkMontanoNYC@aol.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Angela Daniels on November 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
A quick disclaimer- I have had the pleasure of getting to know Mark Montano of late so it may be assumed that I could be a little biased. However, I would simple neglect to review his book if I didn't truly believe in giving it a positive review.

That being said, what I love about Mark's "Big Ass" series is in abundance in this latest publication- it's accessibility. Not only does Mark offer over 350 pages of full-color inspiration, you can actually DO these crafts. This is a crafting book that doesn't require the reader to have a staff of 20 to replicate the pieces detailed. I also love the everyday items that Mark uses in his work. This means that not only can you make these projects, you won't have to hire a Sherpa and trek the Himalayan mountains to find the highly specific tools and consumable items to do so. From the fun and funky magnet alphabet necklace to the very beautiful and sophisticated "pin-tastic" blinged out handbag, there's something for everyone's style that's do-able and possible to create on a budget. And with sheer volume of projects offered, a great value for the price of the book. I think this is the perfect gift for yourself or any crafter on your gift list.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Heatherbelle654 on November 19, 2012
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I just got the Big Ass Book of Bling today and am once again excited, impressed, and inspired by Mark Montano's creations. The crafts are wonderfully photographed in progress, directions are clear and easy to follow, and he recommends several products for the creations. There is also a super handy glossary in the back. The ideas are all fresh and unique, and easy to follow step by step OR venture out on your own with you own style and flair added. I own both the Big Ass Book of Crafts 1 & 2, but the Book of Bling holds a special place in my heart, as my crafting niche is jewelry. I HIGHLY recommend this book for ideas and inspiration, you will NOT be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By newcreature584 on November 19, 2012
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Mark has shared his talent to take absolutely nothing and turn it into beautiful tangible substance of your own hidden creative personality!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DustinH on November 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
First off I have all of The Big Ass Books, mostly I got them to support Mark but then I fell in love with them. Bling is by Far my Favorite to date. My friends call me The Glittery Gangsta because I'm a little crazy with my purple chunks of hair and tattoo's but I LOVE all things glittery and shiny. So this book is perfect for me. I just went through it and the stuff ranges from Easy for kids to more skilled. I love how you can make it your own, like he states he is just giving you a platform and the rest is up to you. I love that. I already have so many ideas, I just need to put in a few orders :D haha

Thanks Mark for coming up with all these books full of fantastic ideas, There is really something for everyone in all your books. I really recommend this book for all sorts of people not just crafty ones because if you don't craft this book will make you want to go buy a glue gun and some charms and create sparkly magic. :D

<3 Amy Harper
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mari on November 19, 2012
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I own several of Mark's other books and I have to say that The Big-Ass Book of Bling is my favorite by far! In this book, I think Mark shows us that we don't need to have a lot of money to attain the fashion and jewelry that we desire; as long as we have a glue gun, some household products, and a little bit of time, we can make the fashion and jewelry that we want! I definitely think this book is a must buy if you're a fashionista on a budget with a creative spirit!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Inspira on November 14, 2012
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I have all the Big Ass Book of Crafts/decor and now I am the proud owner of Bling and I can't be any happier! Mark never disappoints! I have to say that this book is by far my favorite but I say that everytime I buy one of his books. I love the projects in this book. What I like most is that the supplies required in this book are supplies that most of us crafters have. Thank you Mark for another wonderful book. This is my crafters bible!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Smith on November 13, 2012
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Whether you are a hard-core crafter looking for a dozen new ways to use up the your massive stash of bits and baubles or a novice fashionista hoping to create a stand-out signature piece that will really take your latest look to the next level, Mark Montano's Big-Ass Book of Bling has you covered.
Like all of Mark's books, The Big-Ass Book of Bling features enough projects --more than 150-- to keep you crafting well into the next year. Each project is beautifully photographed and comes with a list of all the materials required and a set of easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. More importantly, every page comes packed with inspiration as Mark encourages everyone to "have fun, make messes, and create!" Perhaps the most interesting and surprising thing that Mark has to offer is his unique and innovative eye for turning common hardware store finds like plastic gutter guard, aquarium tubing and aluminum flashing into gorgeous accessories you'll be proud to flaunt at your next soiree.
A few highlights include an entire section on crowns and tiaras (And who among us doesn't need at least one more tiara?), a must-have recipe for paper "turquoise," and an "oh-my-goth" fabulous collection of chic black necklaces, chokers, and cuffs. On top of all that, Mark introduces readers to a few products and techniques that are, quite simply, game-changers. Until I read this book, I was convinced I'd have to spend a fortune on classes or my own glass fusing kiln. Now thanks to Mark, I know about the Fuseworks Beginner's Microwave Kiln. I've even added it to my Amazon.com Wishlist!
With the holidays just a few weeks away, I'll be whipping up some awesome gifts and stocking stuffers for all the folks in my life who understand, as Mark Montano clearly does, that everything's better with bling.
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