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Hardwear: Jewelry from a Toolbox Hardcover – May 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584794801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584794806
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–This book is a strong entry in the DIY genre. The projects and accessories are all made almost entirely from inexpensive items one can buy in a hardware store. Each chapter focuses on a different type: washers, rope, metal connectors, nuts, vinyl, plastic, and rubber. Materials lists are complete with illustrations, and the clear instructions are numbered and illustrated. Finished products are modeled in fashion-forward color photographs. A glossary explains the original use for the hardware item, where to find it in the store, and which materials one needs to get from a craft store. Online supply sources are included. The layout is attractive and keeps the theme, from the distressed metal cover to the industrial-brown chapter dividers. The book is spiral bound inside to enable it to lie flat, but it also has a hard outer spine and cover, making it sturdy enough for library collections.–Jamie Watson, Harford County Public Library, MD
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About the Author

An industrial design graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Hannah Rogge works in New York City designing and building exhibits, visual merchandising displays, and animated windows.

Marianne Rafter is a portrait, lifestyle, and fine art photographer based in New York. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Town & Country, and Glamour.

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Customer Reviews

The instructions are clear and easy to follow.
L. Albert
Gave this book to my teenage cousin, she can't stop talking about it... I've seen most of the finished pieces and they're all very slick and urban - hardware-chic?.
Siren East
Also, I'll add that part of the fun of this jewelry is that you put it on right after you make it and can wear it instantly!
JRP

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By JRP on July 7, 2006
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Hanna Rogge is the Anni Albers* of the 21st century! Clear off your dining table, put on a good CD and prepare yourself for a day of fun making these awesome necklaces, bracelets and belts. And I do mean ONE DAY because each project is so EASY! I guarantee that after reading this book, you will never look at the hardware store in the same way again.

The book excels on many levels. First, the creativity and originality of the designs: some items have an obvious "hardware store" industrial look, but others, like the hex-nut necklace (featured on the book's cover), look like an expensive piece you may have purchased from a good shop. I get many compliments on it. Second, the thriftiness of the book impressed me. Below are some rundowns of time and cost spent to make the pieces. Third, the graphic design of the book is crystal clear and communicates exactly how to assemble the jewelry. I would say an elementary school child could follow the directions (this is both a compliment on the book design as well as the jewelry pieces themselves). The illustrations are simple to follow and each project is concisely explained. Fourth, the photography is excellent. There are numerous photos of each piece being worn by actual people so you can see what the end product should look like. All my pieces looked exactly like the picture.

But it's true that this book is a launching pad for ideas! Once you see how easy and fun it is to make the necklaces, bracelets, etc., you will start making up designs of your own. Further, the glossary included in "Hardwear" is helpful for those not acquainted with certain materials and tells you where in the store to find them. I had fun visiting Home Depot and Michael's Crafts and picking out all the cord, fasteners, jump rings, etc.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Siren East on December 18, 2006
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Gave this book to my teenage cousin, she can't stop talking about it... I've seen most of the finished pieces and they're all very slick and urban - hardware-chic?. The book itself if very well designed, with lots of attention to detail.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L. Albert on May 5, 2006
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I love this book. The pieces are simple but funky. They are generally easy to make & made with easy to find and inexpensive supplies you can find in most hardware stores. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. There's even a great glossary in the back that explains each of the hardware items used in the pieces in the book. Most of all, it will inspire you to think of what else you can do with hardware. I found myself roaming NYC going from one hardware store to another. Oh for a Home Depot.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DGG on June 26, 2006
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Just what I need yet another excuse to go to the Home Depot. I loved this well designed book. The projects are beautifully laid out and the illustrations make it very clear how to construct each piece. I give the book two very big and enthusiastic thumbs way up!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By leslie on June 28, 2006
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Fun, straight forward jewelry. Not what you would find every day. Perhaps you wouldn't want to. For the funky at heart....there is some neat stuff here, and lots of ideas you could always take to the next level. I really like the easy directions that ANYONE could follow, and ease of explanation of supply purchasing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa G. on January 31, 2007
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This book is great because the designs are simple enough to do with kids, but they can look really designer and classy. A gorgeous book. I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 1, 2007
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This is a delightful and creative book. With projects ranging from elegant to funky, Hannah Rogge shows how to create great jewelry on the cheap. My very favorite of her projects are the Washer Chain Earrings and the Hexagon Necklace. I also loved the Elegant Nut Necklace. Younger readers will enjoy the Rubber Band Earrings and the Electrical Tape Wristband (they didn't do much for me personally, though). Who knew going to the hardware store could be so much fun?
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