Saturday, May 08, 2010

Book Review: Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet

Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet: Making Designer Metal Jewelry by Mary Hettmansperger

Ms. Hettmansperger is an amazing art jeweler. Hettmanspergers style is organic, abstract, a bit raw and a smidge wild-this is not for everyone. Personally I love it, other people prefer more ‘tame’ jewelry. Having said that, do not let that distract you from this book. You can do every one of her projects with different materials and come up with some VERY chic and unique jewelry.

This book focuses on using cold connections and using metals like copper and brass. If you have little or no metalworking skills or have limited space/funds/time then cold connections are the way to go. And many people start their jewelrymaking journey this way too!

This book shows that you don’t have to be a “professional metalsmith” to craft your own fabulous art jewelry. Some of my favorite projects are the Bean Pod Pins and the Moving Parts Necklace.

The book is well written with clear instructions. The first section goes over tools, materials and techniques that will be used. The projects start off with projects to get you used to manipulating metal and it ends with using fiber techniques of weaving to make some really cool jewelry. Each project has gorgeous photos and is supplimented with hand drawn illustrations. There is a gallery section in the back to keep you inspired.

Some reviews have said “this is not for beginners”, I disagree. It is very MUCH for beginners (and all levels), who are interested in art jewelry. Its a wonderful book for jewelrymakers of all levels to push your boundaries and expand your creativity. I highly recommend it, so order it today!


mairedodd said...

you know, i keep wondering if i should pick this one up... thank you for your review barbe! the book is sounding great - wish i had something to contribute...

Boot ~C said...

this is a great book, I'm so glad I bought it

baglady said...

I bought this book awhile ago and have referred to it requently. The directions are very clear and easy to follow. I agree that it is or beginners and experienced.

Barbe Saint John/ Saints and Sinners® said...

Marie-I think you would enjoy this book alot.

Baglady-its a great book isn't it? I want to sit down and make those little hand charms. SO cool!

maneki said...

I've been thinking about getting this book as I have another one by her, Fabulous Woven Jewelry, which I've thouroughly enjoyed. I've got Susan Lenart Kazmer's book on cold connection, but, really, one can't have too many books even if the subjects are overlapping.

Only problem is: my bead book wishlist is sooo long -- and it just keeps getting longer! So many interesting books out there that I want to get my hands on.

*off to check the preview at Google Books*