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Jewelry Upcycled!: Techniques and Projects for Reusing Metal, Plastic, Glass, Fiber, and Found Objects Paperback – April 12, 2011
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They start the book with a solid list of materials needed for their upcycling projects. Jewelry hobbyists probably have many of these materials already, such clasps and round nose pliers. Other tools, for the more advanced users, include a jewelry saw and electric drill.
Projects are divided up by the type of material used, including metal, plastic, glass, fabric and found items. With the large color photographs of the final project and of the steps along the way, crafters have a good idea of how involved a project is before they get started.
As a sewer, I knew that I had clasps on hand, so I used my own interpretation for a pair of the snap dangle earrings using jewelry findings I already owned (picture on my blog). People who are not currently creating jewelry will need to invest in some tools but can easily start with some simple projects, such as the earrings mentioned above.
The one criticism I have is that the projects really are quite a range, from beginning to advanced. Even though the instructions were good, it would help to label 'beginner' , 'intermediate', or 'advanced' at the first page of each project. That would make it easier for someone to decide (at a glance) if they want to get involved in a specific project.
Other projects I plan to try are cutting out shapes from shampoo bottles for jewelry and using electronics parts which gives jewelry a very modern appearance.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher.
Bottom line: Another great book by Sherri Haab - made even better with input from Sherri's daughter, Michelle Haab. Both women are clearly talented in both design and teaching, making it a pleasure to read/work from their book. Great job, ladies!
A few areas were just not workable for me: tshirts made into brooches that looked like wadded up socks when done (ick). And necklaces made from plastic bottle bases just came out cheap to me.
That being said, everything else is great and clever and a launching pad to more designs. I'd recommend this highly, but it'll make you want to comb through everywhere to find neat objects to use.
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I like to upcycle. But only found one item worth anything to me in here. The rest looked to cheap and I would be caught dead wearing any of it and I'm normally open to just about... Read morePublished on April 15, 2013 by Catherine Franz
Good ideas for making jewelry. Looking forwarded to making some of these creations. Some of the material lists are a little vague but the pieces work.Published on March 20, 2013 by Karen Sugalski
THANKS! ºø ,¸¸, øº°`°ºø 20 stars! øº°`°ºø ,¸¸,øº THANKS !ºø ,¸¸, øº°`°ºø 20 stars! øº°`°ºø ,¸¸,øº THANKS! ºø ,¸¸, øº°`°ºøPublished on December 23, 2012 by DebA
This book has great recycling ideas. You won't be disappointed. This book will help you spark lots of your own ideas too.Published on April 16, 2012 by J. Wuthrich