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Making Designer Mixed-media and Memory Jewelry: Fun and Experimental Techniques and Materials for the Home Studio Paperback – 1 Mar 2007

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc. (1 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592533140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592533145
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.9 x 27.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,836,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tammy Powley is a writer and jewelry maker. She writes about arts and crafts in books and articles for print and digital media, and is the host of's jewelry-making site. Tammy sells her work primarily through galleries and commissions. She is the author of Making Designer Bead & Wire Jewelry, Making Designer Gemstone & Pearl Jewelry, Making Designer Seedbead, Stone & Crystal Jewelry.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
something for everybody 27 Mar. 2007
By Pamela J. Sanders - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book has something for everyone. I love the pieces that use recycled materials. Not everyone has gems and precious metals, but most of us have paper, old tins, and bits and pieces of grandmas jewelry. It makes you think 'out side the box'. You can make fun and funky jewelry out of most anything.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Just what it promises to be 23 Mar. 2007
By Cyndi Lavin - Published on
Format: Paperback
From the introduction to the book:

"For this book, a number of mixed-media artists have come together to present an exhibition of distinctive jewelry designs, and they share their clever, yet surprisingly simple, methods. Developed as a portal to the world of mixed-medial jewelry, this is a guide for both beginning and more advanced artists."

And that's exactly what the book delivers. Projects that will tempt a beginner and expand the repertoire of the experienced. Beautiful pieces. Good basic information on many different techniques.

No book can be all things to all people. I am proud to have some of my work in this book, and I'm sorry that the previous reviewer would think that any of the projects are "tacky". I respectfully disagree, and no, I don't make a cent from the sale of the book :-)
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Inspired uses for everyday objects 21 July 2007
By Erin L. Prais-hintz - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a book that I keep coming back to every time I am starting a new project. There are some really inspired uses for every day objects that are just stunning. It really makes it easy to see so many possibilities in the world for jewelry designers rather than relying on those items labeled as "jewelry components." My new favorite is the clear vinyl piping found in the hardware store! The fact that this is a compilation of a variety of artists styles and personalities is what makes this book really special. There was a general call out to artists to participate in submitting ideas for this book and the fact that they are of different styles and tastes is what is so great. This book promises fun and experimental techniques and you won't be disappointed. Great book to have for the jewelry designer or the mixed media artist alike.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Mixed Media Jewelry Making...The wave of the future 4 April 2007
By Theresa Mink - Published on
Format: Paperback
Tammy Powley has done an incredible job of creating an easy to follow, step-by-step book that instucts the reader in the creation of mixed media jewelry making. The instuctions and examples were concise and easy to follow. The contributing artists supplied excellent examples of the genre. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in expanding their sphere of expertise in this type of jewelry making.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Exciting ideas for the experimental jeweler. 13 Jun. 2007
By Judith Kogut - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have read all of Tammy Powley's jewelry books but this is by far the most interesting and colorful one yet. It made me want to get out my big box of leftover beads and rummage through my husband's tool box for those little items he's had tucked away "just in case". On most of the pages I saw jewelry made from items I've had hanging out in my kitchen "junk drawer" for years.
As usual, Tammy's pages of techniques are clear and well illustrated. The photography is exceptional.
All in all I think this is her best book yet, particularly for the jewelrymaker who wants to try "something different.
I'm looking forward to her next book.
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