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CHAINS CHAINS CHAINS is fantastic fun and a great learning experience for all levels of jewelry designers!,
This review is from: Chains Chains Chains: 25 Necklaces, Bracelets & Earrings (Paperback)This fantastic book made me realize a lot of things about the last decade. In this recent period of time, jewelry design has changed its focus in many ways. One of the ways designers have been following new directions is that chain, which was once mainly used to attach other elements to each other, has been brought to the forefront. Now here is a book which perfectly illustrates the fantastic new trend of metal chain as "stand alone wearable art". There are very few other elements utilised in this book, chains, chains, chains, which is a truly elegant offering of 25 projects collected by the very well respected Joanna Gollberg and Nathalie Mornu. The projects are designed by 22 really cool artists. They will absolutely charm you, inspire you, and encourage your own passion for creating as you look through the book.
Just because "it's just" chain which has taken the spotlight doesn't mean that the reader cannot find a huge amount of things to learn and make from this book. I was astounded at the different sizes and shapes of the chains offered. For example, "Clusters", by Lesley Messam, which is made of stamped copper clay and sterling silver, is a beautiful example of a totally chic, modern necklace.
One of the rare necklaces to use a property other than metal really amazed me as well. Designed by Ingebourge Vandamme, it is called "Great Lakes". It employs a few bits of some maps along with silver. It is riveted, and it is also riveting.
Sometimes I cannot believe to what heights artists and artisans can fly. This book reminds me of my early amazement at jewelry designing in general. It is perfectly photographed and the projects range from beginner (even though they do not look like it) to more complex.
Feast your eyes on "Shell" by Davina Romansky, who somehow manages to create the perfect balance between her domed sterling links, even though they could easily have been overpowering. They are not, however--they are sheerly beautiful. This project can also be made in copper or brass. The reader will find that many of the projects have alternative suggestions to help expand the projects' uses. These projects are meant to be changed up, according to the authors in their foreword, which is called "a chain letter"!
It is very clear throughout how much the reader is getting for the money in this super book.
Aside from the stunning projects and directions and variation suggestions, there is a very good explanation of Metals and their Properties. This includes the precious metals: gold, silver, bimetal, platinum, and continues on to list the alloys, the base metals, the solders, and the ferrous metals. This section also discusses purchasing metals, work hardening and annealing. It is excellently done.
There is also a Bench Tools and Equipment refresher: what the authors consider essential to make the projects in this book, including some optional equipment.
Finally, right before the Gallery (which I shall discuss further on), there is a reference section on Techniques, to help you remember just how to do what you might need to do, properly. This is really clear and really helpful.
On to the Gallery:
If you haven't had enough inspiration from the gorgeous projects, here's a glorious showpiece collection of photos of some other artist's chain creations. It is irresistable, just like the rest of this book.
I cannot recommend this book, chains, chains, chains, by Joanna Gollberg and Nathalie Mornu more highly. When it comes out, nab your copy immediately! It is obvious, from this carefully crafted, stunning, informative, watershed book that this truly is a new millenium, and that we are fortunate to be offered this great ... "chains"!
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