Thursday, February 21, 2013

Book Review - Metal Jewelry in Bloom

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!

See those dark bars?  Those are where you cut out the stamens which act as prongs.
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!


Chain nose pliers come in handy for rolling metal as you can see from her lily project!


Her design projects in the advanced section such as the carnation below do require cutting out from thin metal sheets.


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!  (see side bar on my blog)

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

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8 comments :

Divya N said...

sounds like a fantastic book. soldering and sawing are very difficult to do in apartments so this book will be Favorited by a lot of people

zoraida said...

This looks like a great book. In fact, I ordered it several days ago and it should be arriving tomorrow. Can't wait to start playing with it. I've made metal flowers before and I know this book is for me :)

Pearl Blay said...

I agree that this book is utterly inspirational for people who don't have the space to do elaborate metal smith techniques. The only suggestion in the book which might be difficult for many people is using the torch. But as I mention, there are other ways to color metal.

aims said...

I really like the carnation......

Almost Precious said...

Just added this book to my Amazon Wish List. Melissa's instructions appear to be straight forward and not overly complicated. Perhaps even I could create one of her beautiful floral embellished pieces.

Melissa Cable said...

I am so glad you liked it and thank you for the review! I agree, Gilder's Paste would have been a great addition! Can't wait to see what everyone makes. : )

Pearl Blay said...

Thanks for stopping by! Your book is full of wonderful inspirations!

BetteJo said...

Wow! Some great stuff in there - I am one who always needs to be shown so this would be perfect for me!

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