Thursday, October 25, 2012

Book Review - 30 Minute Bracelets

By on Thursday, October 25, 2012 2 Comments

When I was in my teens, one of my classmates took a dressmaking course.  She always managed to whip up a dress the same day to wear at a party. She amazed us all with her speed.  Well, making a piece of jewelry in 30 minutes is a lot more at least for me!

30-Minute Bracelets is the last one in the series which I received for review.The 60 projects all provide ample inspiration of what can be done with varied techniques and materials to come up with original designs.

Chain Mail Scales (leaf like components) bracelet by Vanessa Walilko
Chain mail, metal work and mixed media hold sway in this particular book.  One delightful project even linked black dressmaking sew-on snaps in a way reminiscent of  Japanese chain mail weaving!  It is a clever idea as the snaps at the ends are the clasp bits!

Sew-on Snaps bracelet by Karen J Lauseng
The leather bracelets by Sunyoung Cheong below were outstanding.  Simple yet bold.  The double layered cuffs were adorned with either sterling silver strips or decorative brads.

The creativity of many of the featured designers was astounding.  Plastic folders can be cut up, stamped and then riveted together to form a multi-layered bracelet.

Plastic bracelet by Aimee A Domash
I also liked Nancy Wickman's novel approach to hardware fittings.  She used brass compression sleeves like rings. These were connected up with balled up wire.

Hardware bracelet by Nancy Wickman
Not everyone will like all the designs but every single one showed an innovative approach to design guaranteed to inspire people to think outside the box. The step by step instructions cover the basic techniques needed.


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  1. Many novel ideas.
    Though I too have always had trouble with, so-called, "fast" projects . . . especially with those quick and easy recipes that claim they can be made in 15 minutes or less, it always seemed to take me at least 45 minutes to whip them up. Maybe I just run on a different time clock ?
    Still, I'm pretty sure that by the time I fidgeted with all those little jumprings in that cute "Sewer's Snaps" bracelet, it will have taken me 2 hours (possibly much longer) to put together. lol

  2. Hello!

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