Monday, October 11, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway - Creative Paper Jewelry

By on Monday, October 11, 2010 35 Comments

Sixth and Spring Books, a division of Soho Publishing, produces some really delightful craft books. They recently sent me this new publication Creative Paper Jewelry: Earrings, Pendants, Beads and Pins for review. There is also an extra copy for one lucky winner!

I know many of you are interested in paper jewelry. But this form of paper jewelry is not like the popular kind of paper beads made by rolling triangular strips of paper or origami.

Author Dafna Yarom is a graduate of the prestigious Mezalel Academy of Arts and Designs in Jerusalem. She also studied paper making in Japan. Her refreshing take involves the use of base paper pulp or stiff cards as well as top layers of decorative paper.

I particularly liked her approach as it lends itself to using waste paper and card such as computer paper and even corrugated cardboard. She also certainly made me think about additional sources of pretty paper like napkins and wrapping paper not just Japanese origami or washi paper.


The beginning of the book helpfully goes over the basic techniques of making paper pulp, cardboard and corrugated card bases, pulp beads, paper shells, sculptured paper beads and how to embellish. Learn those and you can go on to create all kinds of designs of your own. The author's own designs especially those with chain and wire elements are rather striking and lovely.

It would have been helpful to see pictures of how she dries the beads or paper shells after varnishing. Gloss glaze, sometimes used as a protector, was listed under varnish in her list of materials which I felt should have had a place of its own and perhaps a short explanation of what it is. She also listed just brass, nickel silver and tie wire. Was it just preference or was there a reason why she avoided other metals like sterling silver? I'm probably nit-picking here as none of the above issues are of major significance in an otherwise highly creative and inspiring book.

GIVEAWAY
To win a copy of this book, all you you have to do is make a comment below. Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower or also on Facebook Fan page or Twitter. The giveaway ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday October 18. I will pick a winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after.
Good luck!

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35 comments:

  1. I like the idea of using paper, who doesn't have that! Great blog.

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  2. I like the photos in the book and the jewelry looks nice and wearable .
    tumblemumbo at gmail dot com
    thanks

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  3. The violet flower neck piece is pretty...btw do u do international Giveaways??? sometimes I feel lost living on the other side of the globe :)

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  4. Divya, the giveaway is open to international applicants unless otherwise stated. Pearl

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  5. well, you know I want that book, Pearl! thanks for introducing it! karen at PaperDemon Jewelry

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  6. i love to use reclaimed items and paper would be great. would love to own this book. marla

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  7. Hi Pearl,
    I would love to have this book to give to my friend Mary to take with her to Uganda to help the women there expand their paper jewellery making skills. They sell their jewellery in a highly competitive market in Uganda and this may just give them the edge they need to increase their sales at home and abroad.

    Many parts of Uganda are having a good economic recovery but these women are in the West Nile region, the most poverty stricken. The average income in Uganda is $1700 a year. They are working with energy and determination to create businesses that will sustain them. This could be a great help.

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  8. I love this!! Paper pulp necklace? Never heard. I might try that technique if I have this book. I found this link via Etsy forum, I'm so lucky!

    Dita
    http://handmadenest.blogspot.com

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  9. Beautiful! I have never heard of this kind of paper jewelry and am fascinated! So glad Blue Buddha Boutique posted a link to this site!

    DeeGoings at Gmail.com

    Have a great day!

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  10. very cool ideas and book...

    Susan
    http://redbessbonney-akasusan.blogspot.com/

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  11. I love hearing about unique and creative artists. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. trés originales et trés belles créations!!!

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  13. How interesting is this! Thanks so much for the chance to win this. kelright21 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  14. Jewelry making intrigues me and I consider myself a beginner. I admire making paper jewelry. This book looks facinating!

    Denise

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  15. I love this idea - paper jewelry that doesn't involve rolling trianges. Very original.

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  16. This sounds really neat and creative! I love learning new forms of jewelry making!

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail.com

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  17. I like ear ring much... I very like to know more about this paper Jewelry, i think the book should be very interesting with paper... TQ

    joeyphangsj @ gmail dot com

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  18. You have a very interesting blog. Always look for it. This book on paper jewelry looks great particularly since it uses waste material.

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  19. This book looks like a lot of fun. I'd love to learn how to make some of these paper projects, especially making paper beads.
    And to the Beading Gem, I love your blog. You feature so many varied and creative jewelry ideas. Thanks so much.
    Lynn

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  20. This book looks like it's filled with creative and inspirational stuff. I, too, wish some authors would explain more fully some of the generic terms they use.

    Thanks so much for this giveaway! I enjoy your blog SO much!

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  21. This sounds like an interesting book. I like paper and there's some very nice paper jewellery out there (like Ann Martin's quilled pendants) and it'd be really interesting to read an inspiring book on the subject.

    [and, yes, I'm a blog follower.]

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  22. Count me in, twice cause I'm also a blog follower!

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  23. I love all the gorgeous papers out there, but don't scrapbook. Make jewelry from paper? Now there's an exciting idea! Really enjoy your blog

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  24. Great giveaway! I'd love to be entered.

    Please count me in. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

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  25. Paper jewelry-very interesting and unique! Thanks for the chance to win the book.

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  26. HI GREAT GIVEAWAAYYYY!!!!!
    I AM IRMAPOLANCO@YAHOO.ES AND I LIVE IN CALIFORNIA, I LOVE THINGS YOU CAN MAKE WITH RECICLE MATERIALS.I WANT TO WINNNNN!!!!!
    CIAO
    HAVE A VERY HAPPY BEADING DAY

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  27. This is wonderful! I work with paper beads and recycled scrabble tiles, so this is right up my alley.
    I never see paper as trash. It's a beautiful piece of wearable art just waiting to happen!

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  28. Love what you are giving away. Thanks for the chance to win these items!

    khrisocubillo at yahoo dot com

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  29. Would love this for my stepdaughter!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    lesliedoll at hotmail dot com

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  30. What a neat book. I need some creative inspiration!

    -Heidi

    writeme at heidimail dot com

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  31. I'm always looking for new jewelry crafts. This book really interests me.

    wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I subscribe by email.

    wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. I follow with GFC.

    wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Thanks for the opportunity to learn more about the jewelery and all the associated marketing opportunities - Mary

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