Book Review: Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet

Hettmansperger, author of Fabulous Woven Jewelry presents another collection to stimulate the creative juices while demonstrating new joining techniques. A comprehensive tools section covers everything from metal cutters to dapping blocks and jewelry makers are likely to have most of these on their workbench already. The materials chapter looks at different wire and metal types, findings, beads, adhesives and chemical patinas. Those who have not yet discovered the wonders of coloring metal with a torch will want to examine the Working With Metal chapter which also includes forging, patinas, annealing and texturing.

The innovative jewelry designs are deceptively simple in execution, often they are no more complicated then layering interesting layers of different shapes, textures and colors as in the Stacked Spinner necklace. The Looped Silver Cone necklace incorporates a folded silver cone with netting and dangles in an effective blending of techniques and materials. The easily constructed Moving Parts necklace and earrings add kinetic impact and practically begs for the integration of found materials into your original designs.

Detailed close-up photography, full material lists and step-by-step instructions with helpful line drawings take readers through each process, practically guaranteeing beautiful results. Progressive lessons develop the confidence and expertise needed for readers to begin creating their own jewelry designs. The pleasing designs are well within the capabilities of most beginners yet challenging enough to benefit more advanced jewelry artists looking to expand their repertoire.

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