Today I'm pleased to review "Hot Connections Jewelry -- The Complete Sourcebook of Soldering Techniques" by Jennifer Chin and published by Potter Craft. And guess what? I'm giving it away!
I love the pristine cover from the start. It speaks of modern jewelry with a timeless appeal, and fills in a space in the soldering book market that has been lacking (in my opinion). It runs 160 pages, and they're all chock-full of instruction, projects, and valuable tips and hints.
The book is broken down into six sections, and each section (other than the Basics chapter) has three projects which build upon the skills learned in that section:
1. Soldering Basics
2. Essential Fabrication & Soldering Techniques
(sawing, drilling, riveting, soldering, shaping)
3. Forming Metal: Other Fabrication Techniques
(scoring, bending, forging, dapping)
4. Textures, Patinas, & Finishing
(chasing, reticulation, rolling mills, patinas, polishing)
5. Adding Stones & Beads
(gemstones vs other materials, setting stones)
The projects are nothing like I've seen in other books. They're modern, sleek, and almost architecturally influenced. Yet you could take these designs and easily move them to the whimsical and playful arena, as is evidenced in the extensive (and gorgeous!) gallery photos.
Is this a book for the beginner? I believe so. Don't let the amazing cover fool you or scare you. Is this a book for the more advanced artist? Certainly. That's the beauty of this book. There is truly something for everyone, and many, many jumping-off points for your own creativity.
SO! Now comes the giveaway!
As with all my giveaways, you must leave a comment.
An extra point for blogging or Facebooking about it.
Winner will be drawn by Zack and announced Tuesday the 26th.