The Jewelry Recipe Book takes materials available at large craft stores (as well as specialty shops and artisan shops on Etsy)—beads, shrink plastic, leather, lace, pearls, sequins, polymer clay, yarn, and pinecones, to name a few—and transforms them into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Each of the 35 mini chapters organized by material consists of three projects and three skill levels, adding up to more than 100 stunning pieces that could easily be found for sale at Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie. Every piece is beautifully photographed, as are the majority of how-to steps, and the information is presented in an easy-to-follow way, like a recipe. The book also includes an overview of simple jewelry-making techniques and tips, with best practices for how to work with various materials; how to wear jewelry; and how to work with design elements that include color, scale, and shape.
About the Author
Nancy Soriano developed an interest in design early as she rummaged through her mother’s jewelry box and tagged along on flea-market trips. She introduced crafting and DIY to Country Living while she served as the magazine’s editor in chief and has also served as the Publishing Director for Craft at F+W Media. She lives with her husband, her son, and her many collections—including a good amount of vintage and handmade jewelry—in a 1920s Tudor cottage near New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was amazed at the detail at the beginning of the book, including how to choose the right jewelry for your body shape. I learned quite a few things - did you know you could dye beads or other pieces? And I got a few ideas - glue buttons to earring posts and to rings for unique jewelry statements. And who would think of using pieces of candy for earrings, necklaces or hairpins? I think it would have been better in the basics to have step by step photos to illustrate the instructions. There are some techniques that would be better to learn by seeing rather than reading. Lots to inspire! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Artisan Books and the Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
What a Fun Book. I am always looking for books to inspire me and give me new idea's to be creative, and this book did just that. When I fist spotted it on NetGalley I thought it was such a clever and original idea, and I am very happy to have a chance to review it. The Projects are presented with easy to follow step by step instructions just like a recipe, accompanied by beautiful photographs to show the pieces from start to finish. Included is also an overview in simple jewelry making techniques that allow you to work with a variety of different materials along with plenty of helpful tips. I found that most of the projects are more suitable for kids and teens, but really there is something for everybody. Plus the techniques you learn with help you to make some of the projects more sophisticated to your liking. This is a beautifully put together book that would make an awesome present.