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Inspiration--from everywhere

  • Feb 11, 2010
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I am a jewelry designer so I jumped at the chance to review Ms. Haab's new book. While interesting, it's difficult to categorize the book because the author touches on many things: the workspace, organizing, creating idea notebooks, jewelry making techniques, and finally her main topic: inspiration.

Within the first chapters everything is briefly covered-a mere two pages devoted to tools and wireworking techniques. Ms. Haab also briefly explains mixing resins, metal clay, image transfers and other techniques, however, not in enough detail to really learn from her presentation. Inspiration-creativity and how an artist gets it-is the main focus of the book. Her prose journeys include By the Sea, Family Heirlooms, Seasons, Collections, Blast from the Past to name a few. Within these chapters are directions for making several items, as the Keepsake Photo Necklace, Sea Glass Image Pendants, Resin Heart Pendants and some cute images on buttons.

The ideas are good, especially for jump-starting your creativity. Some of the designs are truly lovely and do-able, however, others are not so simple. I'm no novice, but I would be hard-pressed to create some of the designs simply from the directions given in the book. However, if you're good at reproducing from minimal input, then this might be the book for you.

Each page has an array of photos which, in the final production, will enhance the browsing experience (my uncorrected page proof copy has fuzzy black and white photos.)

Do not be put off by my review. You'll find outstanding ideas and projects such as the Briolette Stone Earrings and a superb Viking Knit Bracelet. These alone are worth the price of the book.

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review by . March 15, 2010
First and foremost- several people are commenting about the book not being in color. All "Vine" reviewers for Amazon received a *copy* of the book (literally a photocopy) that was not yet complete. The final book is in full color and on shiny, thick paper. So rest assured, if you order this book, it will be in FULL COLOR and on glossy paper.     I'm mainly a polymer clay and paper artist, and I dabble in resin from time to time. I was looking forward to Haab's new book because …
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Welcome to Sherri Haab’s home studio

You’re invited to bestselling author and crafter extraordinaire Sherri Haab’s studio—where her inspired jewelry designs come to life. InSherri Haab Jewelry Inspirations,you’ll see just what makes Sherri’s pieces special, from concept to creation. Supported by the detailed, step-by-step instructions that Sherri’s readers and students have come to expect, these 25 projects will do more than teach you new techniques in jewelrymaking—they’ll encourage you to seek out what inspires you.

Sherri gathers inspiration from all areas of her life and shares how her childhood memories, personal collections, love of cooking and gardening, early crafting experiences, and favorite times of the year become the basis for her charming jewelry designs. There’s inspiration all around you, and Sherri shows you how to find it. Sherri also demonstrates techniques in wirework, resin, polymer clay, metal clay, and image transfer. You’ll discover the exciting new art of resin clay and a new eco-friendly copper-etching technique. With these tips and techniques at your fingertips, and Sherri’s help in seeing how your everyday life can inspire you, there’s no limit to the beautiful jewelry you can create!
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ISBN-10: 0823099016
ISBN-13: 978-0823099016
Author: Sherri Haab
Genre: Home & Garden
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
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