Making Designer Mixed-Media and Memory Jewelry: Fun and Experimental Techniques and Materials for the Home Studio
Tammy never fails to write a great jewelry book. In "Making Designer Mixed-Media and Memory Jewelry", she takes a subject that can be overwhelming to a beginner and makes as easy as 1-2-3.
The cover of the book with a gorgeous collar by artist Phaedra Torres is a prime example of how wonderful mixed media jewelry can be. The book opens with an Introduction and is followed by Section One: The Basics. This section is Chapter 1: tools and materials, and Chapter 2: Mixed-Media Techniques, including wire wrapping and knotting.The second half of the book is made up of the projects and the gallery section- Chapter 3: Ephemera and Memory, Chapter 4: Collectibles and Souvenirs, Chapter 5: Found Objects and Natual Objects, and Chapter 6: Mixed-Media Jewelry Gallery. There is also a resource section in the back.
Being a mixed media jewelry artist myself, I know you have to look at things and think "HOW can I use that and make it wearable?" I've talked to alot of people who think they aren't THAT creative and don't know where to begin using something that isn't found in a jewelry supply store. They want too, they just don't know where to start.
Well, if that is you my friend this book is a great starting place. Making Designer Mixed Media & Memory Jewelry will help you look at things differently when buying jewelry supplies. Yarn, pink post it notes, vinyl pipe and more can be turned into great jewelry!!! found
The last paragraph in the introduction of this book states: “It’s time to flex your creative muscles. Explore unique posssiblities of crafting wearable jewelry art while learning traditional jewelrymaking methods.” and this book definately helps the jewelry artist do this! Tammy has put together a sweet collection of mixed media jewelry projects in this fun and inspiring book that will make you absolutely love working with mixed media.
As the reader goes thru the book,Tammy encourages them to think about things sitting in your drawer or junk box and how you can incorporate them into something similar. Some of the projects I loved are Victoria Button’s “Grandmothers Marquee”, Cyndi Lavin’s “Timeless Treasure Pins” and Elizabeth and Rachel Geltmen”Pink Paper Paradise Earrings”.