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Instant Gratification: Jewelry: Fast and Fabulous Projects Paperback – 2000

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Annie Guthrie is a writer and jewelry designer who supported herself through graduate school by making and selling her jewelry. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Julie Toy is a Los Angeles-based lifestyle photographer whose work has appeared in numerous magazines. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0009EG4S4
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,986,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a beautiful coffee table book, then this is the craft book for you. I enjoyed looking at the pictures. However, the instructions left a lot to be desired. There is one big picture of the end product on one page, and a lot of empty space on the opposite page. There are no step-by-step instructions. Therefore, I think this book was probably intended for someone that has experience making jewelry and can just look at the picture and make a project. I find that the whole "instant gratification" series is like this. I wouldn't recommend this book for new crafters, but it might appeal to others who can fill in the blanks with their own knowledge.
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By A Customer on July 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
A creative jeweler's must...this book includes gorgeous photos and impactually creative projects. PERFECT for those of us who can extract inspiration from a project and make it one's own. A beginner could ABSOLUTELY attempt any one of the gorgeous projects and have fantastic results. However, contrary to Ms. Guthrie, your local craft store will not carry all of the items used in most of the projects so you will spend some time finding the right items to fit your needs- but for most of us this is not a problem. The resources could improve; needs more online available resources and Ms. Guthrie's website could provide further instruction/inspiration in addition to selling her wares. I wish more beading books are of the quality as Instant Gratification Jewelry; if I am ever in a rut I just grab this book and page through...inspiration smacks me in the face and I end up creating an amazing piece! Good luck!
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By A Customer on February 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
The first thing you notice about this book is the beautiful photographs. Unfortunately, I found the layout of the jewelry was more artistic than informative. Yes, they are creative jewelry, but you don't always get to see the whole piece. This is good for a beginner who wants to find inspiration. The directions are easy to understand. I came away with some great ideas that are not hard to make.
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By A Customer on February 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
I have always aspired to create my own jewelry so when I saw this book, I was more than a little intrigued. Annie Guthrie's book does not dissappoint!! I am definitely a beginnner and found great inspiration on every page. The photography is beautiful, inspiring and unlike many of the "cheesy" how-to books out there. It is wonderful when you can sit down with a book and really find ideas that make sense and are attainable. I am thankful that Ms. Guthrie shares her ideas and talent in this treasure of a book.
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By A Customer on May 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
A book with lovely examples of custom jewelry and equally lovely presentation. If you're looking for a design reference, Instant Gratification: Jewelry offers many imaginative ideas and projects. The pieces illustrated prove the level of style possible in handcrafted jewelry. And I've found it's this quality of design, as well as helpful sources that make this book stand out amoung others as a valuable reference.
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By A Customer on April 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
There seems to be this funny sort of 'demarcation line' between 'real jewelers' , i.e. gold and silversmiths, and makers of beaded jewelry..... folks sometimes incorrectly don't think of beaders as the real jewelers....This book completely proves that notion wrong!.....I am a traditionally trained jewler who went ot the local crafts store for some inspiration on a 'blah' day.....lo and behold, I found this book on the shelves....Annie Guthrie's fresh approach to making jewelry was truly inspiring......I ran to the back of the store, bought some supplies, and spent the afternoon 'making stuff'!......the types of projects I often see in similar books are just not nearly as fashion forward or interesting ( not somthing you would really wear for a long time or give as a keepsake)......I LOVE the fact that she incorporates better materials, such as freshwater pearls......you can try the projects first with less...materals then make another with priceier findings if you are happy with the results......beautiful, exciting photography, good resources, and a 'you can do it attiude' make this book a great addition to any collection!
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Format: Paperback
In a hurry to accessorize an outfit? If you already have some basic jewelry-making skills, Annie gives you some quickie projects.

Although some jewelry-making basics are shown in sketches, there are some assumptions that you've already seen them done or learned how to do them yourself. The project photos are in soft focus, artfully done but, because the projects are not entirely in focus, a novice would have trouble duplicating the entire project.

Annie shows some really innovative projects using notions that you might have around the house. There are super-easy-to-make earrings, hair accessories, neckbands made with rhinestones and beads on ribbon, and charms that hang from trimming. The finished projects are shown on one page, with the instructions on the opposite page, so no page-turning.

Like the title: fast and fabulous -- only if you already know your way around the tools, findings and techniques.
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The photography in this book is beautiful and enticing. However, the title is slightly misleading. When you consider finding the right materials and putting the piece together, only about 20% of the projects in this book can be done in one day. That's assuming the beader has some beading experience. This book does not have enough basic info on materials and techniques to be considered a beginner book. Some of the findings and beads she lists and "materials" are expensive and hard to find. I don't consider sterling silver, cultured pearls, vintage glass beads, and semi-precious beads beginner materials. These materials are too expensive and can be wasted in the process of "messing up." If the author truly wanted this to be a "beginner" book, she would have categorized the pieces by level of difficulty and included suggestions for material substitutions. Despite underestimating the level of experience and knowledge of a "beginner" beader, Guthrie deserves credit for sharing her experience and keen eye for modern design with the public. The beatiful photography and designs are a wonderful inspiration to use in creating your own designs, but I advise checking this one out at a book store before purchasing it.
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