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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762446897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762446896
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tarina Tarantino founded her global jewelry and accessories brand with her husband and business partner, Alfonso Campos, in 1995. Today, she has storefronts in L.A. and Milan, with plans to open more. Her jewelry, accessories, and cosmetics are sold in over 2,000 retailers worldwide. Tarina lives in Los Angeles, California.

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This book would make a terrific gift!
Christiana Benson
The book, which I got in soft cover and not for my ipad, is so user friendly with its photos.
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The instructions are very easy to follow.
Dana L Evert

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shelfishness on July 3, 2013
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Tarina Tarantino has built an empire on glitz and glamor, so it is no wonder that her book The Sparkle Factory reflects this. With how-to's, brilliant photos, and lots of charm, The Sparkle Factory is a gem of a book.

Walking readers through her business from the time it was a dream to today's global accessories brand, Tarantino shows how simple and inspiring making jewelry and accessories can be. You are led through the inspiration, design, planning, and creation stages; before you know it, you are making dazzling and totally unique pieces.

Using simple finds (dollar store barrettes, thrift shop costume jewelry, polymer clay, etc.), anyone can fashion bracelets, necklaces, headbands and more. Plus, Tarantino shows how easy it is to make your own unique pieces. Even first time crafters will find something that they must make whether it be the Tokyo Toy Store Matinee Necklace, the Sweet Shop Earrings, the Jubilee Stretch Ring, or the Sparkle Factory Spectacles. The Sparkle Factory is a great guide for both the dreamers and the doers!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dana L Evert on July 21, 2013
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I love this very interesting how to book on creating unique costume jewelry. Each step of the process to create one of the pieces of jewelry is beautifully illustrated with a color picture. The instructions are very easy to follow.
Tarina's story is fascinating to read. The photos of the models wearing the jewelry are stunning and visually appealing. I love the bold colors used through out the book. Even if you do not create jewelry now, this book will
inspire you to begin. It is an must for anyone's personal library. Buy it!!!!
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This is a book that I'd been looking at for a while but was always a bit hesitant about buying but I'm glad I finally did. While the actual projects don't start until chapter 3 and I personally only found 4-5 I was truly interested in I think it's a great book for someone who's interested in Tarantino's style of jewelry which is a little kitsh, a little kawaii, and very bold as well as anyone who's looking for some easy to follow information about how to get started designing your own jewelry, what to use and why. The instructions provided for every project are clear and easy to follow and the photographs are fabulous. I do wish that there was information on how to adapt the projects to create some of the additional images shown but all in all it's a good book.
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By cloverab on August 13, 2013
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Tarantino doesn't disappoint with this book! The book, which I got in soft cover and not for my ipad, is so user friendly with its photos. Which is why I wanted the actual book. It has many projects with step by step instructions and even a source guide, thank god! She tells you where to get the supplies. If you are doing hair accessories as I am, I have discovered a great online supply shop not mentioned in the book. It's called hair-hardware.com funny enough. They have it all. Anyway from rings to necklaces and even the hair stuff this book is sure to spark your imagination!
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By STB on July 30, 2013
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I am not naturally "crafty" but since I am a huge fan of Tarina Tarantino, I had to buy it. I was really impressed with how clearly the book outlines the steps for each project in an easy to follow way and has the most stunning, bright and colorful pictures to go along with it. Most of all the book really inspires one to become more creative with their accessories! I have just finished my second project and can't wait for more! I have already bought a few and plan on giving them as gifts throughout the year...
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I can't even say enough about how much this book has improved my art form. I own a small business of making hair accessories and jewelry and this has upped my game massively. If I was only basing this on inspiration-factor inside the book alone i'd give it 5 stars, but everything is very clean and clear as far as directions and photography goes inside the book as well. Totally amazing, can't stop making things!
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The Sparkle Factory is a charming how-to book that shows you how the author makes her quirky and original jewelry and gives you step by step instructions on how to make some of her designs.

It is full of bright colors, sparkle and charm and provides some interesting information about Tarina's work, as well as encouraging you to embrace your creativity and craft your own.
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This is such a clever book. I thought my girlfriend and I were clever until I saw how clever this woman is. Even if you don't want to copy with her instructions it inspires you to try other things with sculpey, beads, old jewelry, etc... Great price. It is paperback but more of a collectors type of paperback as it is larger and much glossier. Photos are excellent. Remarkable!!
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