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Hardwear: Jewelry from a Toolbox Hardcover – May 1, 2006
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Adult/High School–This book is a strong entry in the DIY genre. The projects and accessories are all made almost entirely from inexpensive items one can buy in a hardware store. Each chapter focuses on a different type: washers, rope, metal connectors, nuts, vinyl, plastic, and rubber. Materials lists are complete with illustrations, and the clear instructions are numbered and illustrated. Finished products are modeled in fashion-forward color photographs. A glossary explains the original use for the hardware item, where to find it in the store, and which materials one needs to get from a craft store. Online supply sources are included. The layout is attractive and keeps the theme, from the distressed metal cover to the industrial-brown chapter dividers. The book is spiral bound inside to enable it to lie flat, but it also has a hard outer spine and cover, making it sturdy enough for library collections.–Jamie Watson, Harford County Public Library, MD
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About the Author
An industrial design graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Hannah Rogge works in New York City designing and building exhibits, visual merchandising displays, and animated windows.
Marianne Rafter is a portrait, lifestyle, and fine art photographer based in New York. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Town & Country, and Glamour.
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The book excels on many levels. First, the creativity and originality of the designs: some items have an obvious "hardware store" industrial look, but others, like the hex-nut necklace (featured on the book's cover), look like an expensive piece you may have purchased from a good shop. I get many compliments on it. Second, the thriftiness of the book impressed me. Below are some rundowns of time and cost spent to make the pieces. Third, the graphic design of the book is crystal clear and communicates exactly how to assemble the jewelry. I would say an elementary school child could follow the directions (this is both a compliment on the book design as well as the jewelry pieces themselves). The illustrations are simple to follow and each project is concisely explained. Fourth, the photography is excellent. There are numerous photos of each piece being worn by actual people so you can see what the end product should look like. All my pieces looked exactly like the picture.
But it's true that this book is a launching pad for ideas! Once you see how easy and fun it is to make the necklaces, bracelets, etc., you will start making up designs of your own. Further, the glossary included in "Hardwear" is helpful for those not acquainted with certain materials and tells you where in the store to find them. I had fun visiting Home Depot and Michael's Crafts and picking out all the cord, fasteners, jump rings, etc. Everything called for in the book was easy to find.
Below is the time/expense to make a few of the projects from the book (which has a total of 24 projects). Also, I'll add that part of the fun of this jewelry is that you put it on right after you make it and can wear it instantly! No waiting for glue to dry, etc.
Hex-Nut Necklace: 40 minutes, $1.19
O-Ring Bracelet: 5 minutes, $2.82
Wide S-Hook Bracelet: 60 minutes, $2.20
Washer Cuff: 40 minutes, $0.72
Metal Circles Necklace: 25 minutes, $2.30
Double Chain Necklace: 25 minutes, $4.60
Buy this book is you are into NOT SPENDING too much money, LOOKING GOOD in hot, original jewelry and LIKE CRAFTING delicately with needle-nose pliers, twisting jump rings and sewing washers onto rubber sheeting.
*Anni Albers was a Bauhaus artist famous for her textile designs who in 1941 made jewelry from the hardware story with drains, paperclips, hairpins and washers. See the book "Josef + Anni Albers: Designs for Living".