Take a walk through the metal garden, and admire the delicate blooms and intricate details. Dogwood blossoms, orchids, daisies, wisteria, daffodils, sunflowers, and many more beautiful flowers are all crafted from metal and finished with embellishments, including gemstones, leather, crystals, and more. Readers will learn how to cut, pierce, and texture metal as well as make cold connections including wrapping and riveting. Any level metalworker will love the end results of flowers that are as light as the flowers they represent!
|Publisher:||Kalmbach Publishing Company, Books Division|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Melissa Cable has been creating jewelry for over 10 years. Seven of those years, she owned Beadclub Bead store in Woodinville, WA where she quickly recognized her passion for creating and teaching projects. She has taught at bead stores and shows around the country, such as the Bead&Button Show, Bead Expo, and the Puget Sound Bead Festival. Her work has been published in magazines including BeadStyle, The Best of Beadstyle, Stringing, Bead&Button's Jewelry Designs with Art Glass Beads , and in the book A Beaders Stash. She is also the author of Spotlight on Wire.
I am fairly new to metal smithing and was somewhat doubtful about my ability to actually create anything like the picture on the cover. The author has a terrific ability to break a design down to the basic elements and then shows step-by-step how to recreate it in metal. It isn't nearly as difficult as it looks! After studying the methods she teaches it is fairly easy to think your way through virtually any metal flower design you would want to create and know how to create it for yourself. The starting designs are easy and once you master them your creativity sizzles to life with ideas you know you can actually make!
I am not a metal worker, so I was cautiously optimistic about this book since it included beads....lol! Not only does the book cover metals, alone and in conjunction with beads, but also leather and other fibers. It discusses and demonstrates the cutting of metal, bringing out the beautiful colors of copper and also it's use in jewelry design. And she makes it look so easy that I'm inspired to try it myself.