Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Get Your Sparkle On Book Review

Get Your Sparkle On: Create and Wear the Gems that Make You Shine
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 24, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0811852407

Written by Sarah Weir and Femmegems founder/owner Lindsay Cain "Get Your Sparkle On" is not your usual jewelrymaking book. More than a 'how to' book, this book focuses on the fashion aspect of jewelry and how to create accessories that look like a million but won't break the bank to make. I feel like "Get Your Sparkle On", is more for beaders who have some experience, because it doesn't go into alot of jewelry making detail but more design and concept.

The book is broken into three segments with 25 projects: "The Basics", "Gemstones and Projects" and "Finishing Touchs". "The Basics" consists of an introduction to the authors, a brief history of jewelry making, including "great moments in bling" and some basic tools & findings fundamentals. It ends with a "Basic Necklace Assembly" to get you started. This chapter has illustrations of wirewrapped loops, proper crimping techniques and a round bead size chart.

"The Gemstones" section is a little chaotic for me to take in. Most how to books have projects clearly defined by section this book has that as well, but they all seem to run into another and I found it hard to keep focus. There is one section that focuses on a bridal shower jewelry making party, complete with projects, a song list and sangria recipe. I thought that was clever and a cute idea. I found the book a bit hard to read with so much info coming at you from various sources in each section.

However, there is a ton of great information for the jewelry maker in this book as well as some great design ideas. The book is also filled with info such as color meanings, defining different gem style personalities such as partygirl gem style & bohemian gemstyle. Not a book I'd recommend to a newbie, but definately to someone with a little jewelrymaking experience under their belt.

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