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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; First Edition edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592533140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592533145
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,729,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tammy Powley is a writer and jewelry maker. She writes about arts and crafts in books and articles for print and digital media, and is the host of About.com's jewelry-making site. Tammy sells her work primarily through galleries and commissions. Tammy lives in Port St. Lucey, FL

Customer Reviews

I love the pieces that use recycled materials.
Pamela J. Sanders
Making Designer Mixed-Media and Memory Jewelry by Tammy Powley is a collection of fantastic mixed media projects by many artists.
Jean Baldridge Yates
I look forward to putting this book to good use.
Kate

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Pamela J. Sanders on March 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book has something for everyone. I love the pieces that use recycled materials. Not everyone has gems and precious metals, but most of us have paper, old tins, and bits and pieces of grandmas jewelry. It makes you think 'out side the box'. You can make fun and funky jewelry out of most anything.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Cyndi Lavin on March 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
From the introduction to the book:

"For this book, a number of mixed-media artists have come together to present an exhibition of distinctive jewelry designs, and they share their clever, yet surprisingly simple, methods. Developed as a portal to the world of mixed-medial jewelry, this is a guide for both beginning and more advanced artists."

And that's exactly what the book delivers. Projects that will tempt a beginner and expand the repertoire of the experienced. Beautiful pieces. Good basic information on many different techniques.

No book can be all things to all people. I am proud to have some of my work in this book, and I'm sorry that the previous reviewer would think that any of the projects are "tacky". I respectfully disagree, and no, I don't make a cent from the sale of the book :-)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Erin L. Prais-hintz on July 21, 2007
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This is a book that I keep coming back to every time I am starting a new project. There are some really inspired uses for every day objects that are just stunning. It really makes it easy to see so many possibilities in the world for jewelry designers rather than relying on those items labeled as "jewelry components." My new favorite is the clear vinyl piping found in the hardware store! The fact that this is a compilation of a variety of artists styles and personalities is what makes this book really special. There was a general call out to artists to participate in submitting ideas for this book and the fact that they are of different styles and tastes is what is so great. This book promises fun and experimental techniques and you won't be disappointed. Great book to have for the jewelry designer or the mixed media artist alike.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Mink on April 3, 2007
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Tammy Powley has done an incredible job of creating an easy to follow, step-by-step book that instucts the reader in the creation of mixed media jewelry making. The instuctions and examples were concise and easy to follow. The contributing artists supplied excellent examples of the genre. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in expanding their sphere of expertise in this type of jewelry making.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Judith Kogut on June 13, 2007
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I have read all of Tammy Powley's jewelry books but this is by far the most interesting and colorful one yet. It made me want to get out my big box of leftover beads and rummage through my husband's tool box for those little items he's had tucked away "just in case". On most of the pages I saw jewelry made from items I've had hanging out in my kitchen "junk drawer" for years.
As usual, Tammy's pages of techniques are clear and well illustrated. The photography is exceptional.
All in all I think this is her best book yet, particularly for the jewelrymaker who wants to try "something different.
I'm looking forward to her next book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CLG on January 10, 2009
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I have to say that I often LOVE Tammy Powley's jewelry designs and that many served as inspiration for my own work. HOWEVER, this book does not meet that quality. Yes, some of the ideas are innovative and not seen in other books. I enjoy seeing use of other objects (not just beads - but true mixed media) in some jewelry designs. I feel that the image of the necklace on the cover does not serve this book well, but I decided to give this book a try as I have several other Powley books. The necklace is too gaudy, as are a few of the others in the book - I doubt many of my customers or even myself would be willing to wear jewelry made in a format as these. Yet some of the pieces within the book are rather cool and are a good stepping stone to move into mixed media and memory jewelry art form. Unfortunately, some of the ideas/projects are truly so basic that I could easily give it to a pre-teen and she would love it. The first part of the book includes the basics of jewelry design - so often repeated in many of Powley's book and many others. I really wish the authors would state - "For review of the basics of jewelry design - knots, wirework (forming a loop), use of headpins, and my ugly favorite - How to Open and Close a Jumpring - to check out ______ book."

One of my favorite portions of the book are the "Designer's Tip" blocks scattered throughout the book. These provide info that can be applied to many works, not just the ones mentioned in the book.

In many ways, this book should be classified as "Charm Design" book as so many of the pieces fall into this category, even the pendants. And lastly, this book is overpriced for what it delivers. For only 128 pages, the $18 plus for this book through Amazon (yes it would be more if purchased from a local bookstore - what a shame), it does not compare to other jewelry design books of similar calibur. This book definitely falls into the category of Books for Beginners in Jewelry Design.
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Making Designer Mixed-Media and Memory Jewelry by Tammy Powley is a collection of fantastic mixed media projects by many artists. It is beautifully photographed and inspiring. Delightfully, you will not be overwhelmed by what this book has to offer you. Rather, it will encourage you in a easy to grasp manner how to go about creating your own exciting individual pieces.

Each piece in the book is made up of all sorts of fabulous materials. Each has all sorts of fun ideas backing up the inspiration for it. Many different artists contributed to this jewelry design book, and it is great to see fiber, as well as leather, brilliant plastic, funky lucite, and vintage faux gems recycled into new jewelry designs. Of course, there is even ephemera in this wonderful project book!

First comes an Introduction, followed by Section One: The Basics, which includes Chapter 1: containing such things as tools and materials, and Chapter 2, which is a collection of Mixed-Media Techniques. If you didn't think you knew anything before about connections, surface treatments, or knotting, you will now!

Then the fun really gets going! In Section II, we have the actual jewelry projects.

This is clearly and sensibly divided into chapters such as Chapter 3: Ephemera and Memory, Chapter 4: Collectibles and Souvenirs, Chapter 5: Found Objects and Natual Objects, and Chapter 6: Mixed-Media Jewelry Gallery.
I would like to say right here and now that I have never seen a book on this subject so nicely laid out. Finally someone (Tammy Powley!) took what can be a vast morass of confusion and neatened it up a bit. What a great relief and what fun to be able to view these terrific projects, understand their intent, and then using them as a guide, go out and make something similar!
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More About the Author

Tammy Powley is a writer, designer, and teacher. She is an avid crafter and especially enjoys jewelry making, crochet, and knitting.

Tammy is the author of several jewelry books, including The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making; Picture Yourself Creating Metal Clay Jewelry; Jewelry and Beading Designs for Dummies; Making Mixed Media and Memory Jewelry; Making Designer Seed Bead, Stone, and Crystal Jewelry; and Making Designer Bead and Wire Jewelry.

Besides print publications, Tammy writes her own blog about crafting (Crafty Princess Diaries)at http://www.tammypowley.com and publishes a bi-weekly crafting podcast on her YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/CraftPrincess/videos.

Tammy has studied a large variety of jewelry techniques, from beading to metalsmithing, and has worked extensively with glass, fibers, and paper art. After spending eight years on the art show circuit, she eventually turned to writing about art, though she continues to sell her work through special commissions.

Along with working as a freelance writer, Tammy is an Associate Professor of English and teaches composition, literature, and technical communications. Her book entitled Women of Florida Fiction was published by McFarland in December 2014. She resides in South Florida with her husband, Michael, and a house full of dogs and cats.