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The Complete Photo Guide to Jewelry Making: More than 700 Large Format Color Photos Paperback – January 1, 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
...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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well illustrated. A very good introductory book to jewelry making. I particularly enjoyed the section showing the different basic tools a beginning jewelry maker would use.Published 11 months ago by Bun Ho
I love this book. The explanations are clear and well presented, the projects are fun, and the pictures are really helpful. Read morePublished 18 months ago by May V. Ray