The Jewelry Architect

The Jewelry Architect

Techniques + Projects for Mixed-media Jewelry

Book - 2011
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Innovative jewelry artist Kate McKinnon takes you on a creative journey of techniques and projects in "The Jewelry Architect" as she uses a variety of materials and tools to create gallery-quality bracelets, necklaces, and rings. Features jewelry making tips and 16 gorgeous fashion-forward projects.
Publisher: Loveland, CO : Interweave Press, c2011.
ISBN: 9781596681767
Branch Call Number: 739.27/MCKINNON
Characteristics: 143 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm. + 1 videodisc (sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.)


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Mar 22, 2012

A book on working with mixed media for jewelry should contain a wide variety of materials, but this one has beads, metal, and felt. Yes, felt. The majority of the author's projects lack practicality, and more importantly, she has zero grasp of aesthetics. Detailed instruction is minimal both in the book and on the DVD that comes with it. The DVD, which I had hoped would offer more insight, was 58 minutes of her speaking in monotone under bad lighting about her personal preferences. She made this annoying clicking sound every few minutes and when the camera went in for a close-up she was waving things around. If you want to learn to work with different media then learn about wood, metal, beading, leather, etc... separately and use your imagination. You'll find far better instruction online when it comes to beading methods.


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