Monday, April 25, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway : Origami Jewelry Motifs

By on Monday, April 25, 2016 39 Comments

Paper does not seem to be the sort of material suitable for jewelry.  Yet, many people enjoy using all sorts of paper crafting techniques do sometimes apply these to jewelry making.  Origami is a beautiful art form, that if scaled correctly, can be used in jewelry designs.



Interweave recently sent me this book for review : Origami Jewelry Motifs .  The author is Puerto Rican artisan, Julian Laboy Rodriguez, who has an Etsy shop called Paper Edge. He started folding paper over 10 years ago as a hobby to fill his time in between college classes. Then like most cash strapped students, he began selling origami jewelry.


The book covers over 30 projects with motifs ranging from animals, figures to flowers.  The challenge of origami jewelry lies in the small scale needed.  So the author worked out the paper sizes required for each motif. 


He uses a variety of paper types which he lists in his book, not just washi.  But washi is recommended not just because of the beautiful colors and prints but because it stands up to stress better than other papers.


The author also covers the different types of sealants and glues needed for protection and water resistance.  He does not mention this but if you do use a spray sealant,  spray a few coats rather than a single one, to ensure complete coverage.


The most useful part of the book was the section where the designer covers the various ways to attach the folded motifs to findings such as cord or eye pins. One delightful project was the dinosaur pendant which dangled from a chain!


This is a beautifully produced book which will appeal to those who love working with paper and want to do something different from the usual types of jewelry making.




Giveaway
If you'd like to win a copy of Origami Jewelry Motifs please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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This giveaway is international. 
If the winner has a non-post box US address, the prize will be a physical book.  Otherwise it will be an eBook.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday,  May 2 , 2016 . I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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I receive books and products for review.  I do receive a small fee for any products purchased through affiliate links.   The opinions expressed are solely my own.  They would be the same whether or not I receive any compensation.

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39 comments:

  1. Pearl, I love reading your beading gem everyday. Have learned many things from them and have added lots to my must try list. Thank you go much for doing it. The contest are a nice treat too.
    Thanks again,
    Pat DiPietro

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  2. This looks like a great and interesting way to expand jewellery making skills in a different way! Would love to win it to learn. I am a subscriber and blog follower, can be reached at retro-grrl@hotmail.com.

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  3. What a lovely book! This would be a great addition to any library.

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  4. I have been wanting to try origami with Metay Clay. This book would be the absolute perfect tool for teaching me how to do some beautiful pieces. I would love to win.

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  5. How clever is that! Pearl, you always bring us the most interesting posts.

    I would love to win this book.

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  6. My husband is an Origami enthusiast and if I win the book I will certainly be passing the book along to him (and hoping for some nice pieces). Also nice to see a fellow Puertorrican talent!

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  7. That is so interesting. Who would have thought paper could be used as a medium for creating jewellery!

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  8. That is so interesting. Who would have thought about using paper as a medium for creating jewellery!

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  9. This is so interesting. Always love learning new things. I am a follower and can be reached at tdm6926@bellsouth.net

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  10. Origami and jewelry are two of my favorite pastimes. Thank you for providing this giveaway! I am subscriber of your blog. ddmjudd "at" aol "dot" com

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  11. How cool! This is such an interesting technique and I'd LOVE to learn it!
    sis5of11@yahoo.com

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  12. Too cute! I'd love to win this book and try this out. I love the little sail boat!

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  13. Amazing idea! I never considered origami as a medium for jewelry.
    Victoria Fisher
    Vicketsa@gmail.com

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  14. This looks wonderful! My two daughters are adopted from China. On my trip to my second daughter, my first daughter was 6 years old. Our guide showed her how to make an origami boat. At 18 now, she makes some beautiful origami butterflies and cranes and some are very tiny - perfect for jewelry! She would love this book.

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  15. You really do find the most interesting ideas for us to consider Pearl.

    Origami is so beautiful and with the papers available these days I could see how unique a product it would make no matter what you folded.

    I like the idea of trying it with metal clay. Or if you could get the folds down - thin metal sheet. Wowza!

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    1. If you prefer metal then metal clay "paper" is the way to go! I have seen it done.

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  16. Looks good this book! I love origami and I love beading and embroidery. Sometimes I try to combine these three.
    This book would help me! Marjolein van Vessem www.goedesier2015.blogspot.nl

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  17. Would love to win this. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  18. These are so pretty!I would love to learn how!

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  19. I have dabbled a little with origami in the past and I've often wondered how to protect the paper against water and everyday wear and tear, so this is fascinating! (And that dinosaur is just adorable!)

    I am, of course, a subscriber: lauraproudman@gmail.com

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  20. These are gorgeous designs! Thank you so much for the giveaway. I am a subscriber as well. 😊

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  21. So cute have not seen these before!! Love!

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  22. I would LOVE to win this, and shared your post to my FB page, Becca's Beaded Bangles!

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  23. I do some basic origami with my afterschool kids. Jewelry making is (so far) a hobby...would love to try these tinies! Thanks for all the good stuff you put out in the handmade jewelry world! I sure enjoy your posts : )

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  24. I have done some basic origami with my afterschool kids. Would love to try these tinies! Thanks for all the good stuff you put out for the jewelry making world to enjoy!

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  25. I would love to win this book as I've made origami jewelry before. It's hard to find the right patterns that will look great as miniatures.

    alikat2004 on Ravelry.com

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  26. These are very creative projects.

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  27. This looks like a very interesting book. I think the origami jewelry is perfect for this time of year & would love to learn how to make it. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  28. El Origami es excelente para liberar tensiones. Es un libro excelente con una buena imagen. Hacer algo diferente es bueno para las neuronas.

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  29. Thanks for the opportunity to get this!
    Deborah Blake
    blake31856@bellsouth.net

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  30. What a unique way to enhance our jewellery, thank you for the chance to win.
    Sue
    doinwire at gmail dot com

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  31. You have a great site and I will love looking through it for tutorials and inspiration. Thank you for offering the book, I love paper crafting and jewelry, I incorporate quilling into my jewelry and this would go great with it! appelblossom@hotmail.com (my site is being updated and not yet ready)

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  32. This looks like a very interesting book. A way to make fun and original jewelry and accessory pieces. kaysuet at hotmail dot com

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  33. I am a blog subscriber. kaysuet at hotmail dot com

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  34. What a really unique idea. I would love to give it a try.
    ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  35. Oh my gosh, I love Origami and these are so lovely! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

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  36. I am following you on Pinterst (as @Artists4God ) as well. Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

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