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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Lark; 1 edition (7 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600595294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600595295
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 22.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you think that leather jewelry is just for hippies and girl scouts, think again. The projects that comprise this book are fun, funky, and definitely fashion forward. You will positively beam when you see the designs, from bold, abstract designs to pretty, floral hairpins. You'll want to make them all in just one sitting! Luckily for you, this book details everything you need from beginning to end. Author Nathalie Mornu assures you that you already have all the skills you need! As long as you know how to button your shirt and tie your shoes, all you need are the right supplies. Learn how to set leather eyelets, grommets, and snaps, and how to punch, pound, and fasten. Easy to follow instructions and illustrations help you understand the process and get you well on your way to becoming an expert at creating leather jewelry." -- Belle Armoire Jewelry "Mornu ("Quilt It with Wool") collects imaginative and funky projects from a number of international artists, which use colored leather pieces put together with ready-made jewelry findings and fabric fasteners. Users will need basic leatherworking and jewelry assembly skills. Leather jewelry was popular as a counterculture craft in the 1960s-70s, but it is not often seen now. This contemporary collection fills a niche." -- Library Journal "I love the projects in Nathalie Mornu's book "Leather Jewelry: 30 Contemporary Projects"! Nathalie runs through the types of leather and the properties you can expect from it, sources for finding leather for your work, and which types of leather work best for these projects before getting into the details about tools and techniques. Armed with knowledge, Nathalie sets you on course to begin making the projects. Each project has a detailed materials list to help you gather everything you need to complete it. The instructions are clear, concise, and include diagrams to help make things easier to follow. I love the variety in the projects, which are so different in texture, weight, and

About the Author

Nathalie Mornu is an editor at Lark Books. She is the author of the popular A Is for Apron and Quilt It with Wool and has had project designs appear in numerous books. Nathalie lives in Asheville, NC.

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By lynsey adams VINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2013
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If this had had the option to 'look inside' I would never have bought it, but there aren't many books around which deal with contemporary leatherwork, unless you want to make bags, which I don't..

Although there is a wide range of projects of varying degrees of difficulty and style, which is good, when you weed through to find those that are actually doable or wearable, you are not left with much. Some even looked rather dated, ('Sprig Earrings', 'Rondelle Necklace', 'Polka Dot Cuff'). 'Retro' fashion is all very well - I guess it's now classed as 'contemporary' - but not if you remember the styles from the first time round! But to be fair there were also other styles which were very 'out there' and much more complex.

Some in my opinion, although interesting to look at, would be virtually unwearable (eg 'Confetti Ring'). I did like the 'Coco Necklace' and the 'Arabesque Cuff' both of which were attractive and looked achievable.

The gallery of designer pieces was interesting, though again some pieces were more 'Art' than wearable jewellery - for example a silver ring with interchangeable mink inlays? (Which stood on end like grass - obviously not one to wear while doing the washing up). Not that anyone who wears mink, even in small pieces, has any intention of doing the washing up.

I was particularly interested in cuffs, and there were two nice ones in the designer section, but of course no instructions. In theory one should be able to 'work it out', but the brief description says these were laser cut, which I would think is a process that the average maker would not have access to. Laser cutters are very expensive.
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By remy/j on 1 Aug. 2013
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I was happy to view this online and also to look through when I purchased for mself. some good ideas and projects to make
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Introduction to this Media 2 Jun. 2010
By R. Eberhard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Leather Jewelry arrived and I was immediatley impressed by the thoroughness of the text. This book is clearly aimed at someone who has not worked with Leather before and is thinking of doing so. The designs are all contemporary, up to date and overall a good mix of simple through to slightly more skills needed to complete.

An excellent introduction at the start covering the essentials such as tools, techniques (cutting, sewing, punching setting eyelets, rivets and even a few paragraphs on dyeing vegetable-tanned leather. Nathalie also covers the types of leather/skins and even good tips on how to find leather in small quantities.

The 30 projects cover Necklaces, Earrings, Rings, Bracelets & Cuffs, and Hair Accessories. There are no step by step photos but the projects are not so difficult and the step by step written text and photography is very clear. Some projects do have some great hand drawings of differnt techniques when needed to assist with understanding the project.

The book finishes with a small but lovely gallery of a selection of artists who use leather, a very handy section filled with templates for the work and short bio's - including their websites of the contributing artists, a nice touch.

Overall a great book for the beginner.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This book is AWESOME! 10 May 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is REALLY easy to understand and the projects are super cool and just fun to look at too. I've seen a lot of these pieces in stylish (expensive) boutiques and on Etsy so I'm really excited to start making them. My favorite pieces are the leather cuff from the cover, the Rondelle necklace on page 55 and the leaf hair clips on page 113. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in making leather jewelry.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Leather Jewelry Not for Grownups! 12 May 2014
By Debby Hogue - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish I had been able to flip through the pages to see what was inside instead of relying on reviews. I didn't have a chance to actually sit down and look through this book until the next weekend after receiving it. Had I not been so busy and taken the time, I would have discovered that, while this is a cute book, it not for the serious, adult jewelry maker. The designs are more for 6 to 16 year olds who like feathers, fur and funky leather looks. Fore instance, most projects are cut outs of leather in the shape of cactus, leaves, polka dots, or taking a strip of leather and rolling it around your finger, then stitching it closed for a leather ring. I hope you get my point. Unless you want a book that is whimsical for young kids, don't waste your money.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed. 27 April 2013
By Donna Leirer - Published on Amazon.com
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Very strange jewelry. And too simplistic to require a book to show demonstrate them. We were very disappointed in this purchase and would have benefited from a sneak preview of pages in this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not for Veg-Tanned Leather 6 Feb. 2014
By RiverGirl - Published on Amazon.com
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Right in the first few pages of this book the author states that only one of the projects is done with veg-tanned leather. All the rest are made from and with other types of leather. This would have been nice to know before buying as I prefer to only work with veg-tanned leather. The designs are very pretty but useless as I don't work with non veg-tanned leather.
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