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Heat, Color, Set & Fire: Surface Effects for…

Heat, Color, Set & Fire: Surface Effects for Metal Jewelry

by Mary Hettmansperger

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This is another free book for review from Lark Crafts. Thanks, Lark! This is a large 8.5" x 11" book with gorgeous violet-lavender endpapers. In flipping through, I noticed that it shows predominantly earth tones, but every once and a while is a spark of color, which is a good tool to catch the reader's interest. I also noticed a lot of spiral motifs in the book.

After the introduction, which mostly sells the books and doesn't introduce the author much, the book launches right into a section on materials (pg.8-27). This section is well illustrated and I particularly liked the subheading fonts. The section is also LONG and includes photos of items such as Liver of Sulfur, gloves and earplugs, disk cutter & punches, tripod for firing and a bench grinder. Interspersed with these scary looking tools are photos of jewelry, presumably to soften the blow for a new jeweler. The Basic Techniques section is also quite long (pg.29-51). Each part of the basic techniques section gives step by step instructions for creating a new texture or applying a technique and then shows an example of the end result. I am pleased the author and publisher thought it was worthwhile to document and illustrate these foundation sections so thoroughly.

There are 21 projects included, each spanning about 4 pages. Lots of illustrations and drawings are included with each project. Templates are frequently included as well and often variations are shown in photos to spark creativity. I like the Colored Tin Collection project, the Mixed Metal Bracelet project, especially the variations, and the Orange Enamel Choker, though I might want to put the pendant on a different chain.

This seems to be a great book for adding texture to your metal projects.

  jlapac | Aug 14, 2013 |
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This book demonstrates easy, effective ways to embellish common metal jewelry in Heat, Color, Set & Fire, a how-to book on the leading edge of beautiful contemporary jewelry design. The author uses paints, pencils, and dips to achieve dramatic color; applies foils, resins, mica, and other materials to alter the jewelry surface; and works with exciting techniques, like the ancient Korean art of keum boo, to create a gold-gilt effect. Rings, bracelets, necklaces and pins -- virtually any piece can become individualized and breathtaking. The book includes 21 projects for inspiration, with excellent how-to instructions and photography.… (more)

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