The New Jewelry: Contemporary Materials & Techniques
What makes a piece of jewelry special isn't the cost--it's the creativity, novelty, and originality that go into the design. And this imaginative and informative compendium of jewelry-making techniques, packed with more than 700 color images and written by the noted jeweler and instructor Carles Codina, features a range of contemporary alternative materials. From paper, wood, and polymer clay to glass, new metal formats, and plastics, each material receives detailed attention, with the key techniques demonstrated in a single, finished project. Mold and embellish paper clay to create a whimsical brooch. Fold rice paper into a sculptural bracelet. To finish in style, there are six additional items to make that build upon earlier skills, including a necklace of hollow ceramic orbs.
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Great book on some contemporary evolutions in jewelry art. The only thing that bothered me was the chapter on glass beads. There are far better books on that subject and I missed information on how to integrate glass beads in goldsmithing (like e.g. the pendant on the cover). But other than that, some inspiring mixed-media techniques with examples!
I bought this book about two years ago and I always find something useful and inspiring. It covers a lot of alternative techniques to expand the possibilities of metalsmithers and other jewelry artists and hobbysts. The pieces included in the gallery and in the whole book are awesome, and they invite to make our own search to apply the techniques in our own style. The book covers paper, polymer clay, resin jewelry, wood, glass beads, ceramic, among others. There are step by step tutorials and general information, too. Any book by Carles Codina is a must have, in my opinion.
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