Reviewed by Cindi Bisson
Beautiful Leather Jewelry adds an interesting twist to jewelry making. As someone who loves combining textures and mixed-media to create wearable pieces, this book definitely appeals to me. The book begins with supply and tool information, including a review of what each tool is designed to achieve and how to use them. A tutorial on leather and the unique properties of different types is included (who knew there were so man options!?) “Must have” tools are discussed, as well as tools that you may have on hand that can be used, and tools to add to your collection as you proceed in this art form. Detailed information on attaching, and creating, hardware, and finishing the leather is also included. Each of the projects is explained with color step-out photos and easy to follow instructions, even for beginning leather crafters. Five unique styles of leather beads are explained giving you the building blocks for endless creative options. A wide variety of mixed media products are used to create the necklaces, bracelets and earrings within the pages, including faux bone (I have got to experiment with this!), wood, rubber stamps, inks, paints, gilders paste, crystals & beads, and interesting metal findings.
The tools needed for this form of jewelry making can be quite varied, luckily some are the same as you would use for sewing and metal art. However, do keep in mind that delving into the pages of this book may lead to a desire to add the many tools used within it’s pages to your creative stash to recreate the projects Melissa Cable shares to inspire your creativity.
Some of my favorite projects include this “Opposites Attract Cuff” which combines the leather with that faux bone that intrigues me.
The “Fourth Eye” pendant combines great techniques and materials for a finished piece full of amazing textural detail.
The casual feel of the leather jewelry pieces Melissa Cable designs make them perfect for everyday wear, but they also have just the right combination of details to keep them interesting and eye-catching. If you are looking to try something different and bring your creativity to the next level with new mediums and techniques – Beautiful Leather Jewelry is a great addition to your jewelry making library.
Published by www.KalmbachBooks.com. 95 Pages, softcover. MSRP $21.99.