For those of you out there who are familiar with the products of LARK books, here's another beautiful offering with lots of fun projects.
My school librarian supports the arts, and because she does, she orders books that she thinks will offer some fun and interesting projects. The addition of the jewelry and metalworking classes has put this fine lady into rare form spending her limited budget.
I was first introduced to another title in this series and was so enamored of the book that I ordered a catalog from LARK. Within the pages of this gorgeous catalog of fun and amazing craft books I found TINWORK by Marion Elliot.
Having a BFA in Metalsmithing, I am of course attracted to the subject matter of Tinwork. Being obsessive about books, I appreciate anything that is presented in an attractive and appealing matter. This book is not only attractive with artistic photographs, it presents 25 projects with clear instructions for completing each project.
This book seems to be a response to a revival in folk arts, with an ever increasing popularity of this quaint old method of creating decorative objects. The book also has some focus on the environmentally friendly practice of incorporating recycled materials into many of the projects. The instruction is very friendly to the beginner, and inspiring to those who already possess metalworking skills.
Basic techniques covered include: the essentials on cutting tin, assorted techniques such as punching, embossing and soldering, and tips on choosing the best materials for each job.
The book opens with a historical look at this medium and then shows the work of some contemporary metal artists and how they have responded to this old technique in a modern way. Many of the tools necessary are things that most folks will find in their garage. The materials are fairly easy to find at most craft stores.
There is a tremendous range of products from embossed holiday cards to a lunch box box made of old tin cans. There are solid utilitarian objects like a wall sconce and a barbecue as well as decorative items such as photograph frames and Christmas decorations.
Any number of folks would find this book useful and enjoy it very much. Crafters will get so many ideas and enjoy the variety of projects. School teachers can find projects that students of most ages can enjoy. People who have never made anything can find a project in this book. My students are enthralled by this book and have made many of the projects. They have also utilized the techniques learned here and gone on to create other projects with marvelous results.
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