First up is the 144-page "Wire + Metal - 30 Easy Metalsmithing Designs" by Denise Peck and Jane Dickerson. Both of these talented ladies really do bring it to this book!
The designs truly are accessible to beginner and intermediate. Beginners will find ample instructions to get you started, and intermediate to advanced designers will find a ton of ways to adapt the tutorials to their own taste. Here are just a couple of examples of the work you can find in the book:
|"Camelot" by Jane Dickerson|
|"Pink Petals" by Denise Peck|
If you can't wait and have to buy it now, click here!
Next up is for all you seed beaders and those who would like to learn this amazing art. "Mastering Herringbone Stitch -- The Complete Guide" by Melinda Barta covers 21 projects incorporating various applications of the herringbone stitch. There are 167 pages in this beautiful book.
I know next to nothing about seed beading, although I did make a caterpillar bracelet once using square stitch. I learned very quickly to appreciate the thought and the process that goes into each little masterpiece.
There are 22 pages of basics to get even a beginner started, including seed bead size charts and must-know terms. Melinda then goes on to cover creative tutorials in flat, circular, and tubular herringbone as well as my favorite, the twists and spirals.
|A portion of Melinda Barta's "Gilded Blossoms" necklace|
|A selection of Melinda's "Tambourine Bangles"|
Joining Melinda Barta are Jean Campbell, Kelly Wiese, Lisa Kan, and more! Don't be afraid if you're a beginner -- there are tons of diagrams showing you how to make the stitches. Want it now? Click here!
Finally, a real treat -- a hardback book of 255 pages! "Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers and Metalsmiths" by Matthew Runfola is absolute eye candy while being an encyclopedia of color.
Where do I even begin? The plentiful chapters contain a coloration gallery, information about how to set up a safe workspace, aesthetic decisions, and color theory. He compares common metals and their patination processes and then digs into the really great stuff -- how to create all those amazing patterns and patinas properly.
The remainder of the book shows examples of coloration examples using NINE different metals. If you thought you knew it all about patinating metal, you're bound to learn something new and exciting in this amazing book. And you won't be stuck wondering how he did it -- Matthew Runfola gives a comprehensive listing of colorant formulas, and throughout, beautiful gallery photos of finished jewelry by a wide range of jewelry artists.
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