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"Mentock, a jewelry designer who draws inspiration from vintage and everyday objects, gives jewelry makers a glimpse of her design process in this collection. Most incorporate antique findings or ephemera (such as tintypes and vintage costume jewelry), and wirework and metalwork also feature prominently. Step-by-step directions are provided, and key stages are illustrated with photographs, but basic ­jewelry-making skills and supplies are required. Each project lists Mentock’s journal notes, which cover her creative decision-making, and design tips, which offer hints for changing items to suit your personal style. The author also presents an overview of basic wirework (including making your own findings) and metalwork. VERDICT Mentock’s aesthetic is more charm bracelet than sleek minimalism, so some jewelry makers will be drawn to her creative repurposing of vintage materials, while others will find her approach a little too everything-but-the-kitchen-sink." - Library Journal

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Deryn Mentock is a jewelry artist whose work has been featured widely in both books and magazines. She is a nationally known teacher and travels to teach mixed media jewelry classes at such venues as Art Unraveled, Adorn Me!, ArtBliss, Art & Soul, and others. In addition, she teaches online classes from her website, Jewelry Works. Her design work includes being on the creative team for Susan Lenart Kazmer and work done for Michaels national craft stores. Her work has been published online for Michaels, as well as in their project book for Susan Lenart Kazmer's Industrial Chic project book. She maintains a strong online presence for the past six years through her blog Something Sublime and runs a very successful venture into online teaching through her site, Jewelry Works. She's had hundreds of happy online jewelry making students and continues to gain a following through both sites. She also maintains an Etsy store, Flickr site, Pinterest membership and several Yahoo groups. www.somethingsublime.typepad.comwww.somethingsublime.typepad.com/jewelry_works/www.mocknet.etsy.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (January 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592538843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592538843
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jules on January 29, 2014
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I would highly recommend this book. I have taken online classes from Deryn and her teaching style and jewelry making techniques are wonderful. She explains things quite clearly. Her photography is also quite wonderful. If you follow her blog or her on FB, you have seen lots of her beautiful work in amazing vignettes; and, the photographs in the book are pure Deryn. They are so delightful, they lure you in to wanting to make every project you see. I love how she incorporates "found" objects into her work and how many of her pieces have an asymmetrical quality; which to me enhances its interest. Congratulations Deryn! I enjoyed my first read through the book and will enjoy reading it over and over, and working on the many projects you have introduced.
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I have seen many things made and have always wanted to meet and take a class on line or at a retreat however never have the money, I just got my book today I have only thumbed through it and I got some of the design ideas without reading it to me this is huge, I think the book is beautiful and Daryn you did a great job thank you for such a quality book to use and for all of your detailed pics not mention wonderful info.
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Deryn has touched on so many techniques which are vital to executing amazing jewelry creations. Easy to follow directions, she walks you through the elements of art in a clear and concise manner. This is more than a project book ~ it's a process must-have for every artist!
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I have lots of jewelry how to and design books. This one is very well written and chocked full of information for the beginner as well as the more advanced jewelry designer. The author has a unique vision and aesthetic and she gives tips for recreating her looks as well as great substitutions for her vintage items. I highly recommend this book.
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Deryn Mentock is a fabulous artist and teacher. I have taken art retreat classes with her, as well as used her DVD tutorials. Her new book is fabulous, very detailed and clear instructions. I would highly recommend this book.
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just ok. a lot of words and pictures but little instruction/projects . was expecting a lot more. If i had seen this on a book shelf and had the opportunity to look inside, i'd have passed on it.
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I did look at a few pages, but still thought there would be more technique instruction. This book has instructions for making someone else's designs. If this is what you're looking for, and you like the styles shown, then this is the book for you. I'm more interested in perfecting some techniques and learning new for my own designs.
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This is a wonderful book and full of information for those wanting to learn about design when making jewelry. Deryn has a great eye for detail and combining elements and anyone wanting to improve their designs can really benefit from reading this book. I have been making jewelry on and off for many years and am always inspired by her work!
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