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Junk Jewelry: 25 Extraordinary Designs to Create from Ordinary Objects Paperback – July 22, 2008


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JANE ELDERSHAW has worked at Australian Vogue, New Woman magazine, and the New York Post.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (July 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307405176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307405173
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,007,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Deanna D. Burton on November 18, 2008
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I love repurposing jewlery, creating from found objects and mixing techniques, scrapbooking, collage, clay, beading, soldering with old jewlery pieces and yard sale finds, home depot, rocks, whatever. I thought this book would give me new ideas and was excited to find it at my library. "Extraordinary" it was not. If you've dabbled at all with this concept, you're past the basic projects in this book. If you've never gotten the urge to cut apart an Altoid tin, break some glass, tear a page from your dictionary, take an old key and grab that old chain belt to make a necklace, then the finished pieces might inspire you start to play with the stuff around you.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 19, 2008
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Eldershaw has an amazing imagination! She teaches you how to recreate old jewelry, like turning an old chain necklace into a glittering necklace with as many dangling pieces as a charm bracelet.

What is especially useful is her chapter on how-to projects. She shows "how to make a number of pieces form 'junk' that is not too hard to find"(p 37). Had you ever considered adding antique hardware to a necklace, for example? Or making a paperclip necklace?

I bet you could share this book with your young daughter and really enjoy a day of making jewelry.

LOTS of fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ComicFreak on December 14, 2010
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This was a pretty neat book showing how to take random things you might have around the house or in your jewelry box and make a unique piece of jewelry out of them. I would think it best for someone who is an beginner/intermediate jewelry crafter.
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There are well-researched and written sections dealing with ORIGINS, CONCEPTUALIZING, and WEARING, but the core of the book about CREATING. Each of the 23 junk jewelry projects has four components: "hunting grounds," which tells you where to find the focal piece(s); "raw materials," which tells you what other components you might like to include; "design idea(s)," which has additional creative suggestions; and "how to," which tells you how to produce the item. Nothing you make has to (or in a perfect world, should) look exactly like Jane's examples, but she will definitely encourage and inspire you to make your own versions.
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Page after page of very unique and do-able ideas....... a must for every jewelry maker........pictures just make you want to put something together with your "stash" and anything else you might discover you have. Great book, great buy.
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