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Heat, Color, Set & Fire: Surface Effects for Metal Jewelry Hardcover – April 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454700165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454700166
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The way Mary Hettmansperger weaves and manipulates metal is mesmerizing. Her new book will teach you some of her tricks in creating metal accessories with stunning surface treatments. She goes over a variety of low-tech approaches like patinas, enameling, keum boo, copper etching, fusing, weaving, texturing, and more through 21 projects. This book is the perfect opportunity to learn firsthand from one of the leaders in metal work.” --Belle Armoire Jewelry
 
“From basic materials to an index of color photographs and explanations on tools and supplies, this book is a must-have when tackling the art of altering metal! Basic techniques, tips, and methods are explained for a variety of beautiful metal designs created by heat, chemical, and force techniques. We loved the Dot & Loops Necklace and the Etched Copper Necklace--both bold and striking!” --Crafts 'n' Things

About the Author

Mary Hettmansperger is an internationally renowned jewelry artist and instructor. She is the author of the bestselling Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet, as well as Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop, and Fabulous Woven Jewelry, all published by Lark. Her work has been exhibited at SOFA through the Katie Gingrass Gallery, and she does segments for the PBS programs Beads Baubles and Jewels and Quilting Art. She lives in Peru, Indiana.

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The directions are clear and easy to understand.
Phyllis A. Giberson
I love that the techniques shown can be used in so many different ways that the reader is sure to create their own and very unique design.
Sara Oehler
This is a great addition to my collection, Highly Recommended!
C. Hill

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By heartart on April 8, 2012
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I ordered Mary's book months ago and was thrilled when it arrived earlier than expected last week. I have taken a class with Mary and having her books (I have all of them) is like having her sitting right next to you at the workbench. The latest book, Heat, Color, Set & Fire: Surface Effects for Metal Jewelry is filled with detailed instructional drawings and inspiring photographs like her previous books and is a must have! This new book is packed with creative ideas and I love every project presented.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kate on March 29, 2012
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We just got "Heat, Color, Set & Fire" this week. I could not be any happier with it! The book is well written, excellently illustrated and filled with good material. I am amazed at the things that I am learning -- topics/tips that are often taken for granted. Mary also covers safety tips -- a topic that is sometimes ignored. The layout of the book, the flow, takes you easily from one topic right to the next one. Each project is exploding with details. This inspirational book is worthy of being on every Metal Lovers bookshelf ! It is a must have!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Coren on March 3, 2013
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This book is good for a beginner. If you have some experience in Jewelry making, this book is not for you. While not being the only one who does it, the author dedicates a significant part of the book to tools, materials and such. again, good for a complete beginner, waste of time for someone who knows how to rivet and solder. Amazon suggests this book together with "Mixed Metal Mania: Solder, rivet, hammer, and wire exceptional jewelry" - Please don't take their recommendation, theses books are practically the same. Now that I own them both, You can take my word and choose only one, and only if you are a beginner or buying as a present for a beginner. Usually I don't look for "inspiration" in the projects presented in how-to books, I buy them mainly to learn new techniques. this book hasn't served this purpose, and if you share my intentions when buying books, I can recommend better ones. Tim Mc'rights' "Jewelry making: techniques for metal" is an excellent choice even if you are not a beginner, Anastasia Young's "Gemstone settings" is great if you are into, well, gemstone settings. "The penland book of jewelry" by Marthe le Van is also good (Oddly enough, she is the editor of the book we're talking about here, and the difference is a riddle to me), and so is "Silversmithing for jewelry makers" by Elizabeth bone, although this book also has a comprehensive chapter regarding materials etc.
There are many books about Jewelry making. this one was a disappointment to me. I found little that I didn't already know, and I am by no means an expert.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ziva Averbuch on April 28, 2012
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This book is definitely an excellent book for beginners who are trying to dab into working with metal. Hettmansperger offers the reader a detailed list of materials to be used with metal and the type of stores that sell them. Before going into the "how to" of different projects, Hettmansperger explains the materials, tools, equipment, and basic techniques. The pictures and diagrams make each project so clear and simple, the reader just wants to get started.
The jewelry itself is absolutely beautiful. There are pieces made by other artists embedded in the different chapters that are stunning and inspirational.
If you like the unconventional look of jewelry pieces, this book will give you the education you need and will stimulate your creativity.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sara Oehler on April 27, 2012
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Lark Crafts publishes some really beautiful books and Heat, Color, Set & Fire is no different. This book shows the reader "fast and easy ways to transform the look of metal jewelry." I love that the techniques shown can be used in so many different ways that the reader is sure to create their own and very unique design. All of the directions seem easy to follow and the photographs are crisp and clear.

Mary Hettmansperger writes, "THERE is something about adding color and alternative surfaces to metal that inspires creativity."

In this book, you'll find:

21 designs
128 pages
Excellent Basic Techniques Section
Techniques: emboss, paint, fuse, enamel, etch and more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Spadola on August 10, 2012
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This book will make you think in different directions about closures, settings, and connectors as well as color and materials that can be incorporated successfully into jewelry. There are lots of ideas in here that I will adapt and use. It's one of those books that gets your imagination going. Worth the price for that alone!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Soapmaker on April 18, 2012
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I waited impatiently for this book and I think it will be a valuable addition to my collection. I like most of the projects and the writing is generally easy to follow as long as you can refer to the supplemental sketches.

I focused on the Etched Copper Neckpiece as my first project and immediately realized that there was an error for the spacer beads on the materials list. The large and the smaller ones were both listed as being 6mm while the picture shows this not to be the case. A small detail, certainly, but one that might result in an incorrect material order. As a person that isn't tied to the exact replica of any project, this isn't a huge problem for me, but if someone is just learning and wants to be precise, it could be.

The second thing that is a detriment to me is the lack of a resource list. I depend upon resources as a "go to" place for materials with which I am unfamiliar. As an example, I have never used "silver eyelets" and Google is not helping me find them at all, much less in specific sizes. I'll keep trying but I'm spending an inordinate amount of time trying to find this one component. They are used in many of the projects and a resource list would have been incredibly helpful.

All in all, I will use this book with pleasure and appreciate the work that was involved.
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