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Pretty Little Things: Collage Jewelry, Trinkets and Keepsakes Paperback – October 8, 2006

4.4 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews

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About the Author

Sally Jean Alexander is a mixed-media artist and jewelry designer whose work can be found at boutiques and galleries across the country and online. She has been featured in Oregon Home Magazine, Quilting Arts Magazine, and Somerset Studio.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (October 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581808429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581808421
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ellen Etc. VINE VOICE on February 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
OK, I admit that I'm suspicious of 5-star reviews that are only 3 or 4 lines long, especially when you click on the "see all my reviews" link after their name and find out they've written a grand total of ONE review. Cynically, I think, "At least this author has loyal friends!"

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.
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I have always loved Sally Jean's website, and in fact have made personal jewelry for my sister, best friend and myself using many pieces which I ordered from her. Imagine my delight when I learned she was coming out with her own book! And what a swirl of glitter, enchantment and charm! It is lovely, through and through.

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!
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Yes, the photos are gorgeous, really beautiful. And that's about it. I was hoping to learn how to solder charms but was extremely disappointed to realize that no real directions were included, just fluff. The tone of Miss Sally does get really irritating but what bothered me more was the "pretend" sources. Her listing of sources is a listing of wholesale suppliers and some stupid restaurant that I will never visit. This means Sally wants you to purchase from her website because she doubts you will purchase the quantities needed from her poor supplier (wholesale) list. And let's also add Sally charges more than double for her glass and most of her supplies. I think this upset me more than the lack of directions, it's really a bait and switch. Sally got me to buy the book of pretty little pictures under false pretenses.

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.
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EVEN if you think you'll never pick up a soldering tool you will still adore this book. THIS is Sally as we have come to know her - a silly girl, a clever talent, a wit, and a wonder. (Visit her site, you'll see what I mean). She begins by taking us on tour in her studio. (Gasp) THEN you get to collage with her, cut glass, and solder. THIS is a generous soul - she holds nothing back as she shows you how to make the beautiful baubles that she made famous. THEN she simply takes your breath away as she illustrates many more dimensional treasures made of glass and solder. THIS is a very very lovely book, written in an endearing manner with so much to see. (I love her dedication, lower right corner page 3).
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