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Book review: Contemporary Copper Jewelry

Contemporary Copper Jewelry
by Sharilyn Miller

I love Sharilyn Miller's work. Primarily known as a wire jewelry artist, Sharilyn also works in many other media. She was the original editor of Belle Armoire magazine, which I adore. This new book contains a great techniques section, followed by page after page of Sharilyn's one-of-a-kind designs. The best feature of this book is the photography. There are a gazillion photos, one for each major step in the process of creating your own wire and metal pieces.

Several other designers have contributed projects to this book. I love many of them, a few I'm not so crazy about, but that's the way it usually is with a project book like this. A few of the projects didn't even use copper, which sort of surprised me, but you could certainly make your piece with copper wire instead of steel. Simple metalwork and cold joins are the basis for the projects, so even a determined beginner could do most of these, although over all I think it's geared more towards folks with some wire experience.

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A Beaded Affair said…
Nice review. I didn't know Sharilyn's background prior to jewelry. As a copper lover I've been looking into buying this book. Her work although totally different than mine is always intriguing.
Cyndi L said…
That's often the way I feel too, Lois! Looking a work that's in a different style often inspires me much more than staying in my comfort zone :-)
barbe said…
this is a fantastic book isn't it? Great review!
Cyndi L said…
Thanks Barbe! I absolutely love the book :-)