Mixed Metal Mania makes metal jewelry accessible to a brand-new audience---those looking to include wire, metal and other materials in their work. Beginning with a excellent introduction to both traditional and "unconventional" tools, the book then moves into basic metalworking techniques, including cold connections, sawing, soldering and more. These sections of the book are detailed enough to get a novice off on the right foot.
Kim then moves on to simple projects before building into more challenging work. The author also includes the stories of inspiration behind each project, adding to the appeal of this book.
I found most of the projects in the book attractive and aspirational, with detailed, well-written instructions. The major flaw of the book is the lack of crispness in both the photographs and the text. Sharper photos and text would make the book much more visually appealing and easier to use as well.
About the author: A former public school instructor and current owner of a retail store, Expressive Impressions, Kim now combines her love of teaching with her creative talent as a jewelry maker. Kim teaches metalsmithing and other jewelry-making techniques at the William Holland School of the Lapidary Arts, the Bead&Button Show, Swarovski's Create Your Style in Tucson, the Wildacres Retreat, and other venues across the U.S.
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