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About the Author

Tammy Powley is a jeweler, teacher, and writer. She is the author of Quarry Book's Making Designer Seed Bead, Stone, and Crystal Jewelry (2006), a frequent contributor to Jewelry Crafts magazine, and the host and manager of About.com's jewelry-making website for which she writes regular columns. She resides in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Photo Guide
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing int'l (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589235495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589235496
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm not sure why the previous reviewer gave the book three stars when her review says she liked it -- but let me say the book is a well-thought out, exhaustive book that covers SO many aspects of jewelry design. Beginners will be overjoyed, and even advanced jewelry designers like myself will learn things (for instance, silk knotting, a skill I've never learned). The book covers everything from basic stringing to cutting your own jump rings, and outlines in depth a wealth of tools -- not just "here's a pair of pliers", but all the way up to what a Flex Shaft is and what it's for.

This is a GREAT book for someone just getting started in their jewelry-making career. It will help them decide which direction to head -- stringing, wire design, metal, resin, you name it.

Excellent.
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I spent my early years learning how to make jewelry from Tammy Powley's books and newsletters. Without her enthusiasm and dedication, I never would have continued with efforts to try to educate myself from home.

That is why I am so delighted to see this fantastic, complete and uniformly excellent guide to all aspects of jewelry design, plus the tools required, and projects which you can make to incite your creativity.

Ms. Powley also has some terrific assistance from her own husband,as well as the great Cyndi Lavin, and fab Jennifer Perkins. Because of the author's thoroughness and wonderfully clear style of teaching, I am delighted to see that readers will be able make selections as they learn and grow from every aspect of jewelry making: simple stringing, to polymer clay, to resin. Metal work and wire work are also included, as well as the basics of how to make jump rings and other creative techniques. And that is just the beginning!

This is the book you should give to your teen who is just starting to show an interest in jewelry making. It is never overwhelming because the author is so wonderfully clear in her explanations and because there are over 700 photos to assist in comprehending how to work with your chosen materials.
This is also the book you should buy for yourself as a reference guide you may wish to turn to to remind yourself how to do something correctly if you have forgotten a little detail. Trust me, that little detail will be there!

The photos are fantastic and the book is top of the line.

There is also a fine inspiration gallery at the end of the book to encourage designers and to show the variety which can be achieved once you master the style of jewelry design you have chosen to work with for the moment.
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I am not familiar with this author or her work, although it's apparent from the other reviews that she's well loved. While the book is wide-ranging and technically accurate, I was disappointed...

...that a huge portion of the book is dedicated to photos of tools needed for each genre of jewelry making. The pickle pot alone took up half a page! Each tool had its own photo. Why not compile the equipment into one photo with a corresponding numbered list? Then you'd have more space for techniques.

...with the quality of the materials for many of the projects (for example, using cheap, thin copper wire to make hook & eye findings--pps. 48-9, tool marks clearly visible).

...with the poor execution of some of the projects (like earrings with unequal wire wrapping--p. 172 & the polymer clay bead earrings on p. 186--fingerprinted & sloppily done with the cheapest brand of clay). There was no hint of the amazingly beautiful work being done in polymer jewelry!

...with the poorly photographed and uninspiring Gallery, which consisted mostly of bead stringing & wire wrapping, some of which pieces were titled, but with no credit to the artist.

I was struck by the inconsistent skill level, with some of the projects being executed very beautifully and others appearing to be the first attempt with the materials used. This book would have been greatly improved if all the projects had been completed by artists who had mastered their media.

I agree with an earlier reviewer that it would be an adequate introduction to jewelry making for a teenager (or newbie), but anyone serious about jewelry making would be better served by internet tutorials or books specific to the genre of jewelry making they wish to learn.
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I have recently started making jewelry, especially working with wire. This was my third book. If it had been my first, I could have stopped there. Great pictures, good information and lots of ideas. It arrived quickly and was in perfect condition. My 12-year-old granddaughter, who, of course, is quite bright (smile) spent about 20 minutes reading the book while I was working on a piece. When she finished, she was able to clone one of the pieces, just from the detailed pictures...I highly recommend this "go-to" book!
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Tammy Powley's new jewelry making book is perfectly titled as "The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making"! It's an unbelievable resource of pretty much any technique you might want to try! As a 20+ year beader, blogger and author, I still have many jewelry making bridges to cross. Finding all of these techniques in one place is truly a gift. I can easily imagine this as a text book in craft stores, bead shops or art rooms. Tammy has made it very easy for me to believe that I can pound metal and use solder to create gorgeous, one of a kind, pieces of jewelry to wear and share. As I was turning the pages, I kept imagining myself really stepping out of my beading comfort zone because the photos were so crystal clear and easy to follow. I was recently thinking about getting involved in polymer clay jewelry making, but have felt a little intimidated by all of the terms and tools. I even bought a few packs of clay and simple tools, but couldn't really get out of the gate. I am thrilled with this super easy section in Tammy's book. In just six pages, she covers conditioning, rolling, making beads, texturing, making molds, finishing AND painting on clay. I love when jewelry making brings out the artist in me! Thanks a million Tammy for this great resource.
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