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About the Author

Anita Lin and Sara Schwittek are the creators of Shy Siren, a line of stunning jewelry handcrafted with semi-precious stones, pearls, crystals and glass beads. They create each piece with a careful eye toward both aesthetics and functionality, taking plea
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610684
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sara Schwittek is the designer of Shy Siren, a line of jewelry handcrafted with semi-precious gemstones, sterling silver, vintage and contemporary crystals and glass beads. Her main jewelry lines include Modern Geometry and Vintage Chic.

Sara's diverse background in all-things-design gives her a unique lens through which to view the world of jewelry. Sara creates each design with an eye toward both aesthetics and functionality, taking pleasure in the play of light and colors of the materials she works with.

After graduating from Cornell University's College of Architecture, Sara ventured to New York City to work in the architecture design industry. In 1998, she left the profession to launch Four Eyes Productions, a web design & development studio, with her husband Michael. More than 13 years later, they still run Four Eyes together.

Sara also enjoys photography, yoga and travel. You can see more of her work at http://www.shysiren.com.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Heflin on September 24, 2008
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I bought this book for myself and a friend and we LOVE it. The pictures are beautiful and the directions are clear and understandable. More importantly, the earring desgins are modern and gift-worthy. Well worth the money and a must have for all jewelry makers!
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Frisch on June 30, 2008
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I found this book to be very helpful and informative. The instructions were quite descriptive and I appreciated the detailed photographs. The earring designs were just beautiful! I am positive that those just starting out making earrings will love this book. Even those who have a lot of experience should be able to find some designs to make or at least they will give you the inspiration you need to make your own.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Joy M. Davis on July 7, 2008
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This book was exactly what I was looking for, it had beautiful designs, easy to understand instructions and quick and easy ways to make beautiful and unusual earrings...I own many jewelry and beading books, but this one is at the top of my list...Do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy of your own, it's well worth it!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Valukas on July 2, 2008
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This book is so wonderful that I'm coming out of lurk mode to review it.

I came across Shy Siren during a quest for interesting items for a blog I write. After about two minutes I realized my mouth was still agape and I was on the verge of actually drooling. I knew I had found my jewelry design hero. Shortly afterwards, I received this book as a gift! Serendipity!!

This book starts out with a comprehensive (but not overwhelmingly scary!) list of items you will need to begin making the projects listed.

There is a technique section that is straightforward on what tools to use and when, and what technique is best for the look you want. I also love that the illustrations show a *real* hand using a *real* tool so you can copy the hand placement rather than having to guess at what the directions mean.

Once you gone through the basics (great review for seasoned crafters, or fabulous beginning for those just starting out) Sara delves into the projects themselves. Each project includes a list of techniques, tools, and materials as well as a time frame for completing the jewelry.

The designs are just lovely and use a range of materials that you can easily use as is, or change up to suit your needs.

How much better and easier does it get? Now, not only are they wonderful projects in and of themselves but I can easily see veteran crafters using these designs as inspiration.

To round out this book, Sara has added a list of resources, some of which I have heard of, some not.

This is a great book for everyone of every skill level and I know you'll be as pleased with this book as I am.

Thanks again to the wonderful gal who gave me this book as a gift! :D

Ok, whatcha waitin' for? Add it to your cart!

Sharing the love, Starr :D
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michelle M. Wright on January 22, 2009
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I can't say enough good things about this book. I've been making jewelry as a hobby now for a couple of years. While I've gotten fairly creative with necklaces and bracelets, I knew my earrings were lacking. They usually ended up being just a few beads stacked on a fancy headpin. Then I found this book!

Wonderful introductory section, with details on tools and great photographs of techniques. An amazing assortment of creatively styled earrings. Some new techniques I haven't worked with much, such as wire-wrapping, are clearly explained. And now I'm inspired to do more with the wig-jig I purchased and have hardly used!

I haven't bought many jewelry books, since typically a book only has a couple of items I like and a whole bunch I don't. I love every design in this book. I've shown this book to a few friends I introduced to jewelry making, and they've gone out and bought it too!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Vas on September 25, 2008
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I just love this book. It has wonderful designs. Two designs in particular - the "around the world" kyanite earrings, and the "fireworks in aqua and mocha" wire and crystals earrings are really unique and inspiring. The "dim sum" earrings are also striking. I would wear pretty much all the earrings in this book. Delightful presentation and yummy photos. If you need some simple earring inspiration - THIS IS THE BOOK. Hope the author publishes another book, with more advanced unique designs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Patterson on July 8, 2008
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this book is full of color photos and very good instuctions. Since I am a beginer this book provides step by step photos on how to create wire loops and making hoop earrings and much more. For the price you can't beat it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By scraphappygirl on August 25, 2009
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I was pleasantly surprised when the book arrived and found it had a large variety of earring designs - all of which are stylish and styles you would find in high-end department stores. Unlike other earrings books I have seen that include several designs of projects that are a little too unusual in terms of design. If you are looking for a book to make earrings as gifts that anyone would like, this book fills that bill. I am a new beginning beader and feel like most of the desgins in this book are projects I can tackle. I also like the fact that each project has a time to complete estimate.
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