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Steampunk Style Jewelry: Victorian, Fantasy, and Mechanical Necklaces, Bracelets, and Earrings Paperback – January 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l; Original edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589234758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589234758
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jean Campbell is a freelance craft editor and author. She is the founding editor of Interweave’s Beadwork magazine and has written and edited more than 40 books. Jean has appeared on the DIY Jewelry Making show, The Shay Pendray Show, and PBS' Beads, Baubles, and Jewels where she gives how-to instructions, provides inspiration, and offers crafting advice. She lives in Eden Prairie, MN. Visit her online at http://www.jeancampbellink.com.


More About the Author

Jean Campbell is an artist, writer, and teacher whose specialty is beading. She has written and edited more than 40 books and is the founding editor of Beadwork magazine. Jean currently writes a popular weekly blog on BeadingDaily.com. She has appeared on the DIY Jewelry Making show, The Shay Pendray Show, and PBS' Beads, Baubles, and Jewels where she gives how-to instructions, provides inspiration, and lends crafting advice. Jean is a certified PMC instructor and teaches off-loom beading and metal clay workshops throughout the United States. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her family and a whole lot of beads. Visit Jean's website at www.jeancampbellink.com.

Customer Reviews

This one is good, the other great and the projects can be tweaked into Steampunk style jewelry.
Carmen Iris
This is a great book with very nice photos and lots of ideas that make creating Steampunk Jewelry a lot easier for this retired jeweler!
Old Lady White
The instructions were well written, the illustrations were good, and the photography of the jewerly was crisp.
Sheree

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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Canuel on June 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I'm getting into steampunk now, and I hate to be the only person on here writing a 3 star review. I hate to be writing it at all, actually, as I tend to review almost everything 5 star, but I have to say that I didn't really like this book. Or, I suppose you could say that if someone gave it to me as a present, I'd say, "Hey, cool! I love this!" And I would mean it. But I'm not going to spend my own money to get it. My husband and I sat at Barnes and Noble together and flipped through this book page by page and picked the projects apart, but we weren't overly impressed and decided not to get it. You may want to do something similar.

First of all, steampunk is really cool. I LOVE it. But a lot of the stuff you see out there is just too obvious. Like, ooh, I took a chunk out of a watch and glued some stuff on it and added a pearl and now my piece is steampunk. Or gears, too. Like, a crystal with a gear hanging off of it--that's steampunk. And it is, of course, and it's super cute. But it's obvious. This is what I'm talking about, and that seems to be most of what this book is.

This book is great if you already have a huge stock of watch parts and other hard to find objects just lying around your jewelry studio. If you don't have any of this stuff, though, or are just starting out, you really aren't given any super good information on how to create neat looking pieces with stuff you may already have on hand. There are a few charming projects in here (crystals woven onto a filigree finding, for instance, which was brilliant, and almost makes me put a fourth star on my review) and some great and fun information, but over all, I simply could not bring myself to purchase this book.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Xiaantin on February 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book although short, covers the historical aspects of the genre with word and well photographed steampunk items. What surprised me was after showcasing a particular piece, they went through a materials list and a included a few pages on how it was made, in case you thought,"hey, that's cool, I bet I could make one of those!" Which is likely to happen especially if you buy this book. As a nice extra that a book like this should not go without, is a page listing websites on where to actually find and buy the pieces parts for a project outside of scavenging an estate sale.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Fishburn VINE VOICE on February 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
In the panoply of mixed-media art books which make their daily arrival to bookshop shelves around the world, Steampunk Style Jewelry by Jean Campbell stands out as a fantastic, darkly glittering, slightly encrusted gem.

Though the main function of Steampunk Style Jewelry is to provide detailed step-by-step instructions for re-creating (or re-interpreting) 20 "Victorian, fantasy, and mechanical necklaces, bracelets, and earrings", (I'm just mad for the Minerva's Folly Cuff) and Ms. Campbell and her artist/designers do that with extraordinary exactitude, the book is equally striking as a wonderfully comprehensive guidebook to the entire world of Steampunk style from the general "community" to the specific - gear (my husband picked the Wrist-fired Gatling Gun and Lord Cockswain's Blunderbuss as two faves) and clothing. There is a plentitude of historical context, and even an innovative discussion of Steampunk's green, environmental bent!

The author enlisted the aid of author Paul Di Filippo (The Steampunk Trilogy) in an illuminating forward and includes among her designers Margot Potter, Barbe Saint John, Andrew Thornton, and Jean Yates. The eight gallery pages are just one more element that makes Steampunk Style Jewelry worth every penny.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By talasilver on November 10, 2010
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As a steampunk jewelry designer for over two years, I found the book to be an interesting place to see what other people think is steampunk, but not much more.

The techniques the author attempts to describe in the book are often fairly advanced for a beginning jeweler; there are basic techniques which need to be mastered before attempting (or succeeding at) many of them, such as working with jump rings and wire wrapping.

Materials used in the examples are often difficult to come by locally, and often even hard to get on the web thanks to the insurgence of steampunk into the mainstream. The reader should be aware that many "steampunk" jewelry making items are quite expensive for what they are, also due to their popularity.

I was very surprised that the instructions (at least in the Kindle version) were difficult to follow, and the black-and-white pictures do not show enough contrast to assist in figuring out what the artist intends you to do next. The physical book with color pictures may make it easier to discern the layers of parts involved in the jewelry.

Much of the book is spent teaching the reader what steampunk is. If you didn't know what it was, you probably would not be interested in the book in the first place! Several famous steampunk icons are mentioned: Abney Park, Jake von Slatt, etc. All will be already well-known to anyone who knows much about the genre, so it is not revealing anything new to those people.

If you just want to read an introduction to the steampunk genre, this book will suffice. If you are an artist seeking great inspiration from totally unique pieces, it may not meet your expectations.
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