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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (February 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610196
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A mixed-media artist, Stephanie Lee resides in Rogue River, Oregon where for the past nine years she also has run her own wedding floral business. She teaches workshops in Southern Oregon and at a growing number of national retreats, including Artfest and Art and Soul. She has been featured in Legacy Magazine and Belle Armoire and is also a contributor to Making Designer Mixed-Media and Memory Jewelry (Quarry, Mar. '07).

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The instructions are clear and concise with excellent photographs.
N. Gadomski
Learning to etch, how to work some cold joins in the metal, and connecting things like silk, leather, and other odd charms and beads--it's all really exciting!
Katherine Canuel
It's full of great ideas and different techniques, and it inspires me to find new ways of working with my tried-and-true methods.
Carol Ferguson

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jenn Mason on April 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
As I flipped through the pages of this book I was inspired by its beauty from start to finish. Stephanie's projects that may look initially intimitdating are easily understood through photos and clear instructions. The layout of the book is very easy on the eyes and the photos are lovely as well. I would not say this is a beginner jewelry book as it requires soldering, etching and epoxy which take some investment in time and money but doesn't all good art? I would encourage brave mixed media artists to try something new by choosing one of the projects in Stephanie's book and see how you might use the processes in your art. Happy reading!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Canuel on June 22, 2010
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I just checked this book out from the library and love everything about it. I got on here to put it on my wish list and had to write a review. Learning to etch, how to work some cold joins in the metal, and connecting things like silk, leather, and other odd charms and beads--it's all really exciting! There's information on soldering and how to make charms out of different items using the soldering techniques, which I'm trying next. I have experience with finer soldering techniques, but not with the messier ones described in the book, and I'm eager to learn about it. I tried the etching today as described in the book and it worked perfectly. I noticed that brass seems to work better than the copper (I didn't have nickel).

I've been finding myself drawn to steampunk jewelry lately, and this book is by far better than the steampunk jewelry book currently on the market as far as the techniques that are taught. Nearly every project in this book, whether you like the finished piece or not, seems to teach some new technique or show some other idea for how to use some common thing in your own work. I'm excited to apply some of this information even to my pieces that look anything but antique.

If you like the steampunk look, this is for you. Just add a key or a gear and there you go. ^_^
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Gadomski on July 10, 2008
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Anyone who loves mixed media art jewelry will thoroughly enjoy this book. Foremost, the projects are spectacular. The instructions are clear and concise with excellent photographs. The inspiration alone, is well worth the cost of the book itself! That's because Ms. Lee takes you on a virtual "expedition" with her as she moves from one project to the next. The overall experience of this book is absolutely fabulous!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By KCreader on November 29, 2010
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Be sure to use the "Look Inside" feature when deciding whether to buy this book; if you don't love the projects featured the rest of the book won't have much to offer you. The steps are well photographed and the book is attractively laid out, but not one of the projects appealed to me. As someone who likes to use hardware and found objects in designing jewelry I should have been the perfect target market. Most of the projects are very rustic, for lack of a better word, and most lack visual appeal -- just my opinion, but I couldn't find much symmetry, rhythm, or flow to many of the finished pieces. The elements sometimes seemed randomly assembled and not always compatible with or complementary to one another. This book would be most useful (if those that like the projects) for people who already have experience in metal and wire work. As another reviewer mentioned, it's sometimes possible to pick up techniques from a book even when you're not crazy about the projects, but in this case the techniques are either so project-specific that it's not easy to generalize from them, or the techniques are not gone into in enough depth that a beginner could fully learn how to do them (soldering, casting with clay, working with resin, for example).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Addicted to books on September 16, 2008
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This is a great book for ideas on how to do some womderful found art jewelry. It's most entertaining in spite of the sometimes flaky prose incorporated into a story lesson book. If you like to do out of the ordinary pieces. This book is for you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. LEWIS on November 4, 2008
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I had seen works from this author at a local art fair, but waited to buy the book from Amazon at a better price. A beautiful book with thought provoking ideas, however some instructions were too complete (redundant) and some not complete enough. Also would have liked to have more information on suppliers/resources, still have not found supplier for what the author calls "etchant" solution. Would like to have trade name to find this. All that being said, I think the book is a valuable and inspirational addition to my library.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pesto9 on March 17, 2011
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Great ideas, but the projects presented are not for weekend crafters or those without an extensive inventory of metal working tools, drills,etc.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey on September 8, 2008
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This is a great book. I often buy books for the information and techniques rather than the projects. However, this book has great information and techniques, and great and interesting projects. The little stories before the projects are also a lot of fun to read. I would highly recommend this book!
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