Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Book Review: The Jewelry Recipe Book by Nancy Soriano

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from  Artisan Books via Netgalley , 
for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


Since we're talking about crowns and jewels today, only makes sense to discuss jewelry, right?


  This new book actually comes out in April.



Synopsis:

The Jewelry Recipe Book takes materials available at large craft stores (as well as specialty shops and artisan shops on Etsy)—beads, shrink plastic, leather, lace, pearls, sequins, polymer clay, yarn, and pinecones, to name a few—and transforms them into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Each of the 35 mini chapters organized by material consists of three projects and three skill levels, adding up to more than 100 stunning pieces that could easily be found for sale at Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie.


 Every piece is beautifully photographed, as are the majority of how-to steps, and the information is presented in an easy-to-follow way, like a recipe. The book also includes an overview of simple jewelry-making techniques and tips, with best practices for how to work with various materials; how to wear jewelry; and how to work with design elements that include color, scale, and shape.



Review:

Soriano is the genius behind all those amazing jewelry designs you saw on Country Living, so she knows her stuff! This book has over 100 projects, and most require minimum findings and pieces to complete, most being recycled items like  pinecones, buttons and t-shirts, that you already have on hand! Which means it is great for kids and teens. Yes, the projects are simple enough kids can do them. For intermediate to expert crafters and jewelry makers, this book may offer some ideas on using varied findings together, but for the most part it is a beginners book.


 The lack of completely laid out instructions though, means you may have to oversee some projects for the kids. SIGH. Others are do have some follow along pictures, might help may still be needed.But this would be a great Summer project book for the pre-teens and teens, or if you need projects for Summer camps, so we still recommend it! Just know what you are getting! 



About the Author:



Nancy Soriano developed an interest in design early as she rummaged through her mother’s jewelry box and tagged along on flea-market trips. She introduced crafting and DIY to Country Living while she served as the magazine’s editor in chief and has also served as the Publishing Director for Craft at F+W Media. She lives with her husband, her son, and her many collections—including a good amount of vintage and handmade jewelry—in a 1920s Tudor cottage near New York City.

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