Dazzle: Creating Artistic Jewelry & Distinctive Accessories (Craft Kaleidoscope)

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9780801986383: Dazzle: Creating Artistic Jewelry & Distinctive Accessories (Craft Kaleidoscope)

Book by Kenzle, Linda Fry

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Accessories, says this idea-filled book, are the key to transformation, the exclamation point to any fashion statement. Employing materials as diverse as seashells, plastic, wood, paper, antique buttons, and polymer clay, the author creates a diverse array of jewelry and other adornments. A brief but good introduction to the basics of jewelry making lays the groundwork for the 21 projects of nice-looking necklaces, pins, earrings, and bracelets. Some are more traditional, others more innovative, but all are colorful and fun, and fairly easy to make. Although the book's emphasis is on jewelry, there are nine other accessory projects: beautifully decorated hats, leather purses, belts, and hand-painted silk scarves, all constructed from scratch (as opposed to adding embellishments to preexisting items). Each completed item receives a good color photo, and there are also photos of interesting accessories by other artists to provide further inspiration. Helpful tips scattered throughout offer more useful advice, such as the most economical source for interesting beads (old necklaces found at yard sales), or a good way to show off your creations when you're not wearing them (hang the best pieces on the wall as art). --Amy Handy

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Baubles of all kinds that customize an outfit, says designer Kenzle, not only add a distinctive sparkle, but also reveal the wearer's personality. A great deal of practical how-to information precedes 30 specific designs; this introductory material discusses the fundamentals of jewelry making and equipment and includes both words and illustrations to bring all readers up to speed on the latest materials and methods, from plastic clay to textured thread. Those with limited funds can make a gift-of-the-sea pin to showcase a favorite shell or hook antique buttons together to form a bracelet. If you have the cash and the time, consider crafting the ebony triangle pin, Monet's rose-garden scarf, or a leather thistle cutwork bag. Excellent instructions combined with attractive adornments equal gifts and wearables that won't be shoved to the back of a closet. Patterns and a metric conversion chart are appended. Barbara Jacobs

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