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Steampunk Style Jewelry: Victorian, Fantasy, and Mechanical Necklaces, Bracelets, and Earrings Paperback – January 1, 2010
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About the Author
Jean Campbell is a freelance craft editor and author. She is the founding editor of Interweave’s Beadwork magazine and has written and edited more than 40 books. Jean has appeared on the DIY Jewelry Making show, The Shay Pendray Show, and PBS' Beads, Baubles, and Jewels where she gives how-to instructions, provides inspiration, and offers crafting advice. She lives in Eden Prairie, MN. Visit her online at http://www.jeancampbellink.com.
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Having said that - the reason I only gave the book 3 stars (and I must admit I considered giving it less) is due to what I think is a bit of false advertising. I must admit that I looked at the 'preview' of the few pages shown on Amazon before purchasing and thought it looked cool. On the contents pages, it prominently shows pictures of a cool bracelet and cuff, and then a full page photo of a gorgeous ring that I could not wait to see how to make for myself. Turns out those projects are not in the book at all. They are included in a gallery of other artists work at the end of the book. No instructions for the pieces I liked best. Yay. I have a lot of jewelry books in my home library and I have NEVER had this happen before. If a piece is prominently pictured in the front of the book - the instructions should be in the book. Pictures of other artists work are fine to be included in a gallery section in the back - but should remain there and NOT be included elsewhere in the book. ESPECIALLY peppered all over the contents pages. I'm just saying.
The techniques the author attempts to describe in the book are often fairly advanced for a beginning jeweler; there are basic techniques which need to be mastered before attempting (or succeeding at) many of them, such as working with jump rings and wire wrapping.
Materials used in the examples are often difficult to come by locally, and often even hard to get on the web thanks to the insurgence of steampunk into the mainstream. The reader should be aware that many "steampunk" jewelry making items are quite expensive for what they are, also due to their popularity.
I was very surprised that the instructions (at least in the Kindle version) were difficult to follow, and the black-and-white pictures do not show enough contrast to assist in figuring out what the artist intends you to do next. The physical book with color pictures may make it easier to discern the layers of parts involved in the jewelry.
Much of the book is spent teaching the reader what steampunk is. If you didn't know what it was, you probably would not be interested in the book in the first place! Several famous steampunk icons are mentioned: Abney Park, Jake von Slatt, etc. All will be already well-known to anyone who knows much about the genre, so it is not revealing anything new to those people.
If you just want to read an introduction to the steampunk genre, this book will suffice. If you are an artist seeking great inspiration from totally unique pieces, it may not meet your expectations.
I bought a used copy from Amazon and it arrived looking just as promised, in excellent condition. I look forward to many more hours spent perusing these pictures (and the helpful accompanying text) again and again. An unbelievable bargain at under $5.00 (including shipping) and worth the full price as well.
I strongly recommend this book to steampunk and jewelry lovers.