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Pretty Little Things: Collage Jewelry, Trinkets and Keepsakes Paperback – October 8, 2006
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The problems with this book have been mentioned, primarily that nearly all of the projects require soldering. While you may already have most of the items in the "collage cargo" -- backing paper, vintage papers and photos, paints, adhesives, stamps, a craft knife, and 3D embellishments -- you may need to buy the elements for the soldering suitcase. These include a soldering iron, grinder, copper tape, flux, solder, glass-cutting supplies, "third hand" jewelry tool, safety glasses, straight edge, cutting mat, cutter, breaker, pliers, metal blocks, remover/cleaner, and metal polish. Right-o.
This was all rather disappointing, because I couldn't tell from the book cover and description that these were all glass-and-solder projects, which are beyond my ability at this point. Hey, I haven't even unpacked the Dremel tool my husband bought me for Christmas in 2005!
That said, there are tons of ideas in this book (the desperate non-soldering crafter can figure out the work-arounds). Perhaps we will learn to solder -- my husband says it isn't difficult. But besides the vintage eye candy in these luscious page layouts, the author has such an upbeat perspective, really, it's a pleasure to read. If you don't get anything else out of it, you'll come away with the realization that we not only can, but SHOULD surround ourselves with the "pretty little things" that make us happy. You'll also develop an eye for scavenging as you peruse these pages, and even if you can't do the projects, you may come away with as great an affection for the author as her 5-star friends have demonstrated.
By the way, she likes bunny slippers. That is why I threw that in to my review title!
Now, there is one caveat: you have to be prepared to learn to create a proper collage, plus solder and cut glass properly (nothing a quick course in stained glass making couldn't help you out with, however, but you won't need it--this book explains how very clearly) or this book becomes just a good read. It would be worth it, anyway, just not AS worth it. It would become more like a tour of the magic in Sally Jean's head which is pretty great fun. But it is frankly, a SERIOUS craft book, enrobed within her spectacularly beautiful and sweet outlook on the world and delight in family, the past, old things which nobody wants, which "call out" to be rescued, and a lot of pretty things like German glass glitter, old postcards and things we love to be comforted with and enjoy looking at.
I wanted to make many of her things right away: her crosses, her little french chair, her incredibly chic bottle bangle(WOW! Love it!!!), and her cool flower power pen. I want to have all these things!!! So therefore I will have to make them!
I really liked the way she set up the beginning of this book clearly so you have a grasp of what you need to learn.
I really loved the projects.
I really like her attitude and the look of the book!
A great book! Thanks, Sally Jean!
And upon further research into soldered charms (tons of info on the web!) many of the reviewers who gave Miss Sally 5 stars are well known in her art community. This in my opinion should be known since you may buy the book based upon those reviews.
Miss Sally did not write this book to really instruct, educate (you can take one of her classes I guess), or assist in any way, but rather to ingratiate herself and attempt to put her on the map as an artist.
Don't waste the money buying the book and supporting this "artist". Search through the web and you will come across a ton of free soldered art charm info.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gorgeous illustrations, clear instructions, inspired projects make this a must have for anyone looking to create beyond a basic soldered pendant.Published 4 months ago by Valerie
I really enjoyed the techniques that were used and described in this book. It was inspiring and helpful. There were several pieces that I will be attempting after reading this. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Heather Nicole Gijanto
GORGEOUS ideas in here ...so many wonderful things that were created. Love to look at this over and overPublished 16 months ago by Melinda A. Napoletano
sigh. I like this book a LOT, but soldering is not one of my skill sets, even after taking a class from a local artist. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lynne