The things you collect - the ticket stubs, the coins, the pieces of shell from a beach - hold meaning and significance, reminding you not only where you've been, but also where you're capable of going. Making these items into wearable pieces of art - amplifying their power to become amulets and talismans - is a rewarding experience that's easy to do.
Working with the most basic of tools, you will learn cold-connection jewelry techniques to expand your creative process. In addition to basics like creating jump rings and using a file, you will also:
- Make your own hook and latch clasps
- Cut windows from sheets of metal
- Inlay designs into polymer clay
- Incorporate concrete into your work
- Achieve patinas with heat
- Journal your thoughts onto faux bone
- Turn paper pulp into realistic rocks
- Create "time capsule" beads from Plexiglas
- And much, much more!
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About the Author
Robert Dancik holds a master's degree in sculpture and a bachelor's degree in fine art. He has formally taught art to students of all ages, from kindergarten to graduate school, for more than 30 years. He currently exhibits his jewelry and sculptures in museums and galleries across the United States, Europe and Japan, and teaches workshops at art centers and event venues across the country and abroad. In addition, Robert has contributed work to a number of other jewelry books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Very rarely does an author of any instructional book convey the passion of their handwork through their writing, but this author not only does so, he does so in a way that inspires passion in the reader to at least try some of the instructions found here. After reading this book I started looking at the junk and odds and ends and bits picked up off the ground in my travels in a new light. I found myself looking for more odd bits while walking my dogs and looking for "just the right _____" for my first and then next piece. Now I am organizing my tools, collecting my odd bits, and buying the right glues and resins to get started making my first piece from broken bits thrown away as trash. I'm hoping that my husband will teach me how to solder, and help me create my own unique pieces to wear and keep. The pictures are not only informative but quite beautiful as well. Even more helpful are the personal anecdotes the author includes for each piece that convey personal meaning as well as step-by-step instruction, which makes for a much more inspiring book. So now I am not only bending wire and adding beads, I am imbuing meaning into my medium as well. On its own, this book is a good read. As an instruction manual, it is invaluable to a beginner who learns new techniques from books.
This book has everything I look for in a good craft book. To begin, Robert Dancik gives us a thoughtful interpretation of the historic and modern significance and uses of amulets and talismans. He provides us with a plan of approach for conceiving and designing our own amulets, written in a tone that is encouraging and at times humurous. There are clear and concise descriptions of basic jewelry building techniques accompanied by excellent close-up photographs and useful tips. There is a thorough list of jewelry materials and tools with a descripton of their basic applications, and suggestions towards further creative possibilities. Step by step, project by varied project, Robert teaches us how to transform common objects into personal and intriguing works of art, with plenty of examples along the way. He also introduces us to "Faux Bone", a new non-toxic, versatile material which can be cut, shaped and stained to resemble bone, ceramic, ivory and even wood. This is a wonderful book for self-learners. The layout is attractive, easy to follow and well organized. I highly recommend "Amulets and Talismans" by Robert Dancik as a valuable and useful addition to your craft library.
This book is chucked full of really cool ideas for jewelry and pendants. Very unique!!
Many techniques using found objects and unusual materials such as concrete and paper-mache. Many of his creations have a steam-punk sensibility. There are also a lot of very useful techniques for general jewelry making.