Thursday, September 20, 2012

Necklaceology - Review and Give Away

Candie Cooper has produced an excellent book with 40 necklace projects that are fresh and youthful. Subtitled: How to Make Chokers, Lariats, Ropes and More, the book delivers intriguing designs with a very current perspective.

The book begins with an extensive section on materials, tools and techniques that is among the best I have seen. This is a very rich section of the book with some findings, tools and techniques that I have not seen in other books.

The projects are reasonably straight forward with both easy and more challenging examples. As a fiber artist, I particularly enjoyed that among the materials used are found felt, sari silks, silk ribbons, and kimono silk.   
I particularly liked her use of chains to separate the beads to lighten up the image and the weight of the necklaces.

Cooper included illustrations of her sketches of her design process and optional ideas for changing some of the projects.

The back cover suggests some of the variety included in the book.

The book would have wide appeal to crafters, jewelry makers and fiber artists. Some of the projects are simple enough for the beginner and some will intrigue the more experienced jewelry maker. I recommend the book highly.

If you are interested in owning this book, leave a comment by Sept 25 and I will randomly select a winner (USA only please) to send the book to. Be sure that I can contact you after the 25th to let you know if you won.