How to Improve at Making Jewelry

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Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
Adults and children with some background in making jewelry will enjoy the instructions for creating more than a dozen pieces of jewelry in this forty-eight page activity book. The first eighteen pages include "History of Jewelry," "Jewelry Around the World," "Symbolism," "Bead," and "Needle and Stringing" information, along with large-print instructions and information blocks. Sections featuring "Necklaces," "Bracelets," "Rings," "Earrings," "Hair Adornments," and "Other Decorative Items" follow. Some of the instructional areas could have been improved by the addition of step-by-step photos to accompany the detailed, print instruction blocks. For example, the two-page "Bugle Necklace" photographs are very difficult to see due to the similarity of the background and bead colors. Had the large-print instructions been smaller, more photographs would make the directions easier to follow. A twenty-word glossary and an index are included. These projects would be best for middle and high school art or summer camp projects. They could also be undertaken to complement readings of multicultural stories describing body adornment. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—McMillan begins the first book with a spread each on the history of drawing, equipment, perspective, color and textures, and composition. These explanations are too short to be of use to beginners, but are good reminders for practiced artists. Likewise, the second book has one spread each for history, jewelry around the world, beads, equipment, findings, etc. The introductory pages are more comprehensive than those in the drawing book and offer a good deal of useful information. Each book has step-by-step instructions for a variety of attractive projects. The drawing book has, for each project, a series of four to six preliminary sketches that show the progression from first line to complete outline, but it is left to the artist to add the final shading. The written instructions in Jewelry are accompanied by sharp color photographs that help clarify each step. Kathryn Temple's Art for Kids: Drawing (Sterling, 2005) has a more detailed explanation of basic art principles like perspective, texture, and shading. Thiranut Boonyadhistarn's Beading: Bracelets, Barrettes and Beyond (Captsone, 2006) is a shorter introduction to beading for beginners. For those who want a little more challenge, McMillan's books are good choices.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778735991
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: How to Improve at...
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 12 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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