My idea of jewelry making includes fashioning pendants, necklaces and earrings with beads and polymer clay, but there are so many more techniques and products available to jewelry makers. Making WOW Jewelry – Techniques and Projects for Making Statement is an eye-opening introduction to some of these – thermoplastic sheets, beetle wings, epoxy clay – these are a few of the products I had not heard of until now.
Making WOW Jewelry, written by award-winning designer Gay Isber, is loaded with tons of jewelry making techniques and step-by-step instructions, stunning photography by Candice Ghai, and expert tips for making some out-of-this-world jewelry pieces.
There are chapters on choosing colors, using nail polish in new ways, working with pearls, sourcing material, and even photography tips and tricks.
But it’s the Projects section that really WOWS. Beetle Wing Headpiece, Beaded Wire Crown, Aqua Crystal Drops, and Embellished Shark Teeth are but a few of the 25 dazzling projects included. I decided to try making the Gem Windows on page 93. I’ll share my results next week.
My take away from reading Making WOW Jewelry, and my attempt at one of its projects is this – if you have a healthy sense of whimsy and you want to step up your jewelry-making skills this is the book for you. Even if you read the book and that’s it, I really think you’ll enjoy it.
Making WOW Jewelry is a publication of Fox Chapel Publishing and is available online and in brick and bookstores. The MSRP is $19.99 US and $24.99 CAN.