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Jewellery (Design Sourcebook)
Jewellery (Design Sourcebook)
by David Watkins
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Ideas and inspiration, 13 May 2014
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Fascinating collection of original jewellery designs, really pushing the boundaries of what is possible. There's quite a range of work here, from beautifully wearable to playful and 'arty'. Great for ideas and inspiration, especially if working in mixed media interests you.
There's not much traditionally styled work here. If you don't care for the images on the cover, you probably won't like it much.


Wire Jewelry Masterclass
Wire Jewelry Masterclass
by Abby Hook
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm very impressed., 23 May 2013
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Brilliant book, not hard to follow, and some wonderful ideas. It's kept me busy for hours. It's amazing how simple, inexpensive wire can be turned into attractive jewellery findings. The more you do, the more polished your efforts appear.


L'eau Ambree Eau De Parfum Spray for Women 80ml
L'eau Ambree Eau De Parfum Spray for Women 80ml
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Price: 29.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Just Gorgeous!, 23 May 2013
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This has become my favourite fragrance. Somewhat like like Opium, but less heavy. A light, but lasting musky scent, fine for everyday or evening.


Dremel 3000 Series Multitool with 15 Accessories
Dremel 3000 Series Multitool with 15 Accessories
Price: 39.98

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for hobby level work, 23 May 2013
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I wanted a rotary tool for drilling and engraving glass, for jewellery making. I chose this Dremel because it has so many useful accessories; I wanted a drill press, a multi-chuck and a flex extension. Proxxon offer all these things, but are much more expensive, and as my usage is fairly light, I didn't want to spend the extra.

So far, I've been pleased. I understand the critical reviews; both drill and stand are a little flimsy. But it does what I bought it for without serious problems.

Minor issues: when used in the drill press, you need 3 hands to change the bit. One to press the chuck stop which is recessed into the press, one to unscrew the chuck, and one to hold the bit. Some sort of snib to press the button down would be really useful.
And the accompanying information. Why not present the pictures alongside the written instructions? So much easier to follow. And the accompanying DVD isn't great, not exactly inspirational. I would like to see a presentation by an experienced craftsperson showing what is possible with the different accessories.
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Fabulous Woven Jewelry: Plaiting, Coiling, Knotting, Looping and Twining with Fibre and Metal (Lark Jewelry Books)
Fabulous Woven Jewelry: Plaiting, Coiling, Knotting, Looping and Twining with Fibre and Metal (Lark Jewelry Books)
by Mary Hettmansperger
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.48

5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas here!, 30 Mar 2013
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I found this book full of interesting ideas. I found it in the library - and after several loan renewals have finally bought it!

The author has transferred her experience in basket-making to making mixed-media jewellery, in a delightfully inventive way. I had no prior knowledge of this craft (though I have some experience with basic wirework jewellery); but I found her instructions and diagrams very clear and easy to follow. I like the ideas for combining materials, too - metal wire and sheet with beads, yarns, raffia, black ash; and even pine needles and bits of found wood.

The book is divided into sections, which present a particular technique, eg looping, or twining; then go on to give an example made with that technique. There are also numerous photographs of the authors work, which show how the technique can be applied.

One thing though: why bash a window in copper sheet with a hammer and sharpened screwdriver, when piercing saws are quite cheap and easily obtainable?


Dr Martens 3a63 Boot - 6 Uk - Red - Leather
Dr Martens 3a63 Boot - 6 Uk - Red - Leather

5.0 out of 5 stars Look great, and very comfy too., 7 Mar 2012
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Wonderfully comfortable, straight out of the box. I ordered my usual size and they fit perfectly, both on the foot and around the calf - my calves are medium to large, so I'd probably find them tight over jeans, but over tights and leggings they're fine. Good leather, sturdy but soft. I'm very pleased with them.

I haven't worn them in the rain, having read reviews that say they aren't waterproof. But since the decorative lacing goes through holes in the leather, this seems a lot to ask of them!


Irregular Choice Women's Say No No Ankle Boots
Irregular Choice Women's Say No No Ankle Boots

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No No? Maybe., 16 Feb 2012
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I thought these looked great, and decided to buy them instead of a sensible pair of Doc Marten's. Especially as there was a 20% reduction deal available. Well, at checkout I found that the reduction didn't apply to these (so why put it there, Amazon?). Delivery was very prompt, but like Laurah I was disappointed to find that they don't look like leather, though the label says they are. Fabric covered leather, maybe?

They do look good; they have a muted glitter like smoky eyeshadow, and the murky colour goes with lots of things. They are well made, but lined with a strange harsh glittery material rather like an unrolled panscrub, which grabs your tights oddly as you put them on! I do like the feathers, though after one wearing to a party they are starting to look battered. Overall they are less comfortable than my year-old pair of 'Whimsical Miaow' boots - which are lined with velvet, much nicer.

Verdict: OK, but not wonderful.


Hardanger Embroidery: Complete and Practical Course (Dover Needlework)
Hardanger Embroidery: Complete and Practical Course (Dover Needlework)
by Sigrid Bright
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the more experienced, 2 Jan 2012
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A good, short book, most suited to those who have some skill in embroidery, and want to try the Hardanger style.

Hardanger is a counted-thread technique incorporating cut-work, which produces an attractive lacy result which washes and wears well. The stitches themselves are quite simple, being mostly blocks of satin stitch and needlewoven bars. It can be worked in white or cream, or in colours for a livelier effect.

The working instructions in this book are not so easy to follow, but happily there are good clear photos of what the writer means, and its easy to work from them. Its best to do a sampler of the stitches first, as the writer recommends, before tackling anything more ambitious. There are photos of some fine finished pieces too, which show how successful this technique can be.

If you are a complete beginner, you might need better instructions; if more experienced, you will appreciate the compactness of this booklet!


The Terror of St.Trinian's and Other Drawings (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Terror of St.Trinian's and Other Drawings (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Ronald Searle
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but better with the text., 2 Jan 2012
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A fine book of Searle's witty and well-crafted drawings. It's a useful resource for anyone interested in this style of cartoon illustration.

One reservation: although some of the drawings such as the 'Rake's Progress' series stand well alone, some of the others, like the St Trinian's and Molesworth drawings, lose a bit from being separated from their texts. One of their best features is that they illustrate the text so well.


Costume, Textiles & Jewellery of India
Costume, Textiles & Jewellery of India
by Vandana Bhandari
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and comprehensive, 4 Jun 2011
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This is one of those lovely books that manages to be both academically excellent, and a fascinating read. It is a description of traditional clothes and jewellery worn by the various tribal and social groups in Rajasthan; from simple working people and nomads, to the families of Rajas.

It is a region particularly rich in textile culture and skill. Each group has its own distinctive costume which identifies the wearer. Some garments are cut and sewn, others draped. Many are beautifully decorated with embroidery. There is a dazzling variety of jewellery for women and for men. Dr. Bhandari details the cultural significance of the items she describes - which ornaments and clothing are appropriate to a single girl; which denote that the wearer is a married woman; or the mother of a son; or a widow.

There is a description of how different styles of dhoti are tied, and a series of pattern diagrams at the back for many of the tailored garments described. I imagine these would be very useful to fashion and textile students.

The whole book is well illustrated with colourful photographs, which are well annotated. Anyone with an interest in Indian textiles and culture can't fail to be delighted with this book.


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