Have you ever wished that you could wave a magic wand and have your old T-shirt transform into something runway worthy? Or that the soda bottles sitting in the recycling bin could be recycled into something you could actually use?
Enter the mother / daughter team of Sherri and Michelle Haab, and their new book, JEWELRY UPCYCLED! (Potter Craft, April 12, 2011, $21.99). This is the first book to offer techniques for creating beautiful jewelry from discarded and salvaged plastics, metal, fabric, leather, glass ceramics and found objects. The book begins with basic jewelrymaking materials and techniques for repurposing materials found in any household and turning them into gorgeous accessories.
For example, an old T-shirt miraculously changes from simple fabric into a funky rose pin or an extremely fashion-forward bouquet necklace (page 100). Soda bottles are used to create glasslike charms for a bracelet or a brooch (pages 51- 55). Simple bubblewrap transforms into a stunning pendant that has an unexpected mother-of-pearl quality (page 67). One would never guess the former lives of these objects when faced with the fabulous finished projects!
This unique, clever and useful take on jewelrymaking is a hot new trend, merging eco-consciousness with a willingness to incorporate unusual materials. And in our still sluggish economy, finding ways to create inexpensive bling has never been more appealing. Shown throughout are inspirational pieces by known jewelry designers working in this exciting area of jewelrymaking
So before you toss out that plastic shampoo bottle, turn it into a charm bracelet (page 63)! Sherri and Michelle Haab’s creativity and ingenuity are unmatched and any crafter of any level, or any income can find a project to create something truly new and beautiful.
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About the Authors:
Sherri Haab is an award-winning author, illustrator, and product designer of several adult crafts titles, including Metal Clay and Mixed Media, The Art of Resin Jewelry, and Beaded Macramé Jewelry. Among her bestselling children’s titles are The Incredible Clay Book and Nail Art, both of which have sold more than 1 million copies. In addition to writing books, Sherri gives crafting seminars throughout the United States and abroad. Sherri can be found online at sherrihaab.com.
Michelle Haab is an experienced jewelry crafter and the coauthor (with mom, Sherri) of Dangles and Bangles.
Techniques and Projects for Reusing Metal, Plastic, Glass, Fiber, and Found Objects
By Sherri Haab and Michelle Haab
Potter Craft; On sale: April 12, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8230-9990-0; $21.99; paperback
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