|Me, Mark and Bev from Flamingo Toes at last month's SoCal Social.|
Here's another one that is bound for best selling glory: The Big-Ass Book of Bling
I need to tell you that I do NOT make my own jewelry, (nor could I design my way out of a paper bag) however, the creations in this book are enough to make me want to give it a shot.
Mark's methods, product recommendations and projects kick-started my imagination on how some of these techniques can be applied in other areas and other mediums. In other words? Even if you're not a jewelry maker, you need this book. (And if you are? Prepare to be inspired.)
First of all, I am revising my letter to Santa to make sure it includes this little glass fusing kiln (wait for it...) that you use in the microwave!!
Mark made the necklace on the left using fused marbles. (Marbles!!) I love the necklace. And of course it has kicked loose the idea of wine charms and drawer pulls and Christmas ornaments and embellishments on picture frames and...
I am definitely going to choose next year's Halloween costume based on whether or not it has a crown. I am so making one of these.
The variety of materials that Mark uses is really amazing. I am particularly impressed with the pieces made from hardware store materials. I love the tips and tricks he shares, as well as the fact that while some of the projects seem very detailed and labor intensive, there are others that are great for the beginner. (Or the impatient.)
The first project I am going to try? This one. Guess what it's made from?
Can you guess...?
You'll never guess. Paper. That he put in a blender. (Of course there are a few other steps, but you will need to read the book to find out. No spoiler alert needed here.)
There are times when I feel my creativity juice has run dry. Books like this help me to replenish it. Two snaps up in a circle!
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