Category Archives: Jewelry & Metal

Secrets of Rusty Things

Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects into Art, by Michael de Meng, is a visual delight for mixed-media and found object artists. It’s also an insightful book for fans of Mr. de Meng’s work, or those who want to understand how artists think and work. What it is not: A step-by-step guide to working with specific tools and materials to create art from found objects.  (If you want step-by-step… Read More »

Making Beautiful Beads – Glass, Metal, Polymer Clay, Fiber

A variety of techniques presented for true bead aficionados Step by steps provided for beads made of wool fiber, paper, polymer clay, metal and glass Inspiring gallery pages for all these sorts of beads except paper A number of different artists contributed projects for this book. I myself make beads from both wool (wet feltmaking) and polymer clay, so can vouch that these two sections are written by true experts… Read More »

Stamping Effects in Polymer Clay with Sandra McCall

Take a little square of foam core board, plug in your hot glue gun and pull out a rubberstamp. You’ll be amazed where you can go from here. Sandra’s a queen of mixed media techniques. This book shows you how to make jewelry components by stamping hot glue, fabric, shrink plastic, polymer clay, glass and paper. Then she shows you how to use wire, beading techniques, found objects and more… Read More »

Metal Clay and Mixed Media Jewelry by Sherri Haab

Just flipping through Metal Clay and Mixed Media Jewelry by Sherri Haab  will get your juices going. Every photo excites me. I love this jewelry! Haab revisits the basics of working with metal clay and then takes it to the next level introducing new colorful media. The step by step instructions and photos seem clear; she even instructs you how to crochet with embroidery cord and with wire. There is… Read More »

Pretty Little Things: Collage Jewelry, Trinkets, Keepsakes

Pretty Little Things: Collage Jewelry, Trinkets, Keepsakes by Sally Jean Alexander is one of the best books I have ever seen on soldered jewellery. Sally Jean has built up her business over many years, every piece made by hand. So she really does know what she is talking about! Sally Jean uses vintage ephemera in a collage style to create unique pieces of jewellery – from bottle caps, crystal chandeliers,… Read More »