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Junk to Jewelry: A Step-by-Step Guide to…

Junk to Jewelry: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Found Objects in Jewelry…

by Brenda Schweder

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When it comes to crafts books, I can’t get enough. I love-love-love them. The bad part is I’m not as good as I’d like to be. The instructions have to be very simple for me to grasp and I need lots of pictures.

My daughter has taken after me in this and making jewelry is her thing. She’s way better at it than I am. Because of her age, she needs easy-to-follow instructions. You could say we both do.

So when I had an opportunity to review “Junk to Jewelry: A Step-by-step Guide to Using Found Objects in Jewelry You Can Actually Wear” by Brenda Scheweder, I jumped at it. I was amazed to see how many photos with simple to follow instructions. Totally amazing! That’s not all. The materials for the projects are from everyday items and easily obtainable. If you are just starting out, the book gives you a list of places to obtain these treasures. You’ll feel as though you are embarking on the coolest of scavenger hunts.

It doesn’t stop there. There’s a section for the basics which will start you off with tools and materials needed to start you on this new adventure. The how-to make jewelry part of the book is broken down into twelve sections, starting with “From the Hardware Store” where you can make a spring clip charm holder necklace, bicycle chain necklace, and a pluming band bangle and rings. Teens will go crazy over these items!

Over all, there are 31 remarkable projects, plus additional information in the back. The eight-page gallery features stunning examples of artful jewelry to give you more ideas as well as resources available where you can find all sorts of doodads.

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  judithkaye | Jan 31, 2008 |
"Brenda Schweder's book dares to cross the line between junk and jewelry. This talented artist takes what is found from locales such as the junk drawer, office supply store, around the house, and more, and transforms it into wearable art. . . Stunning highlights included recycled earrings and ring charm bracelets, a Slinky bracelet, and a laundry pin necklace. At the back of the book an amazing gallery is featured that shows work from several jewelry artists and a list of the materials they used. . . Schweder challenges readers to look twice at things you never thought could be jewelry and encourages whimsical elaboration."
added by KalmbachBooks | editBelle Armoire Jewelry, Beth Livesay (Oct 1, 2008)
"I just received Junk To Jewelry by Brenda Schweder and can't wait to try my hand at the watch ribbon bracelet on page 30 (my daughter has a busted watch that was once her deceased Nana's and she wears it!), the drawer pull charm bracelet on page 28, or the junk drawer miscellany watch on page 44. They are by far my three favorite jewelry pieces in the entire book. Junk To Jewelry is a rare combination of childhood craft ideas and eccentric trash art. In 96 pages you will discover 31 projects. Each project is given one page for instructions and a materials list and one page for a close-up of the completed piece. There are also two pages of information designed to help newbies understand things like knots, crimps, looping, swings, and how to use pliers and beading wire."
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This book presents 32 projects inspired by facets of everyday life: items from the hardware store; the jewelry box; the sewing basket; even the sportsman’s lodge. Projects are presented in full color, with specific, easy-to-follow directions and informative tips. A stunning eight-page gallery provides further inspiration.

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