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Metal Jewelry in Bloom
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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!
112 pages • 300 color photos
Price: $21.95
Product Number: 64438
ISBN: 9780871164438
Carton Quantity: 36
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Melissa Cable is a jewelry making instructor who realized early on what her students preferred in terms of learning metal smith techniques. Many were adamant they did not want any projects involving sawing or soldering. They also did not like the use of specialized tools due to limited resources and the lack proper facilities like a dedicated workshop. Soldering, for example, requires good ventilation.

So her latest book, Metal Jewelry in Bloom: Learn Metalworking Techniques by Creating Lilies, Daffodils, Dahlias, and More shows how drop dead gorgeous flowers can be achieved using the typical tools many of us have. Both her tremendous creative talent and her clear instructions shine throughout this book.

True to her word about no sawing and using simple tools, beginners will appreciate her basic templates for cutting out flowers from round metal blanks using just metal snips. You could saw from metal sheets or use a disc cutter but her method certainly saves time and aggravation!

The book showcases all sorts of stamen styles which become wonderful design elements. The stamen curls in her daisy flower below make it a stunning piece. Melissa also covers the different ways to add color to metal. Some of her most spectacular designs were colored using a small butane torch. If you are not up for heat treatments, you can use her other suggestions like alcohol or metal inks - even nail polish. Melissa did not mention Gilder's Paste but I would also include it as a cold color application technique.

How she uses some of the common tools we have is delightful. The humble hole puncher becomes a petal edger!

I also enjoyed Melissa's fun tips on how to make metal strip bails and loved her leaf wire wrapped clasp! I'll have to reread the book again in case I miss any nuggets!

This book certainly had me flitting from flower to flower like a bee! It now moves to my favorite book category!

An awesome book for those venturing into metal smith techniques who love flowers! Who doesn't?

-Pearl Blay,

Kalmbach Publishing sent me Metal Jewelry in Bloom by Melissa Cable to review. I was very intrigued to see how the subject was handled and not very certain this book was something I would use. If you've ever looked at my work, I don't really use a flower motif very often. And when I do, it's more an abstract version of a flower....not literal.

I will just give away the verdict first. I LOVE this book. I think I've read through it at least twice and thumbed it many more times than that in the two weeks I've had it. I will explain why in detail so you can decide if this is a book you want to add to your collection.

The intro explains how the quest to create flowers from sheet metal began. It's a very sweet story and I won't give the entire thing away, but Cable's quest to come up with a method to make any flower out of metal with a minimum of tools, without a saw, and easy enough for just about anyone was the result.

Chapter 1 covers flower fundamentals: tools and supplies (Cable separates these into two categories of necessary and nice to have, but not necessary.) Choosing petal count, determining petal shape, applying petal texture, adding petal edge dimension, embellishing the petal surface, forming the petal center, riveting, and adding color. Just listing what's contained in chapter 1 probably does not fully convey the treasure of information contained in these pages. Trust me, you will be amazed.

Chapter 2 covers how to create 15 different flowers with a variety of petal numbers and shapes.

Chapter 3 includes advanced techniques for flowers and foliage including crushed flowers like wisteria, tube flowers like fuchsia, various leaf, branch and vine techniques.

Chapter 4 contains projects for all those flowers you will be making. And BONUS, it includes working with leather and lots of info on working with faux bone...shaping, cutting, coloring, etc. Chapter 4 also provides a two page spread of templates for flowers of 3-7 petals in six sizes ranging 3/4" to 2 1/4"

Whether you use flowers in your work or not, this book contains so much good info that you could apply to other sculptural shapes with a minimum of tools.

-Jen Cameron, Glass Addictions
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