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!
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?
Before You Go:
- Book Review - Spotlight on Wire (by Melissa Cable)
- Book Review - Metal Magic
- How to Use Gilder's Paste to Color Metal Jewelry
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