Monday, April 4, 2011

Book review and tin flowers.

I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Jewlry Upcycled! by Sherri Haab and Michelle Haab (published by Crown Publishing/Potter Craft). I've been a fan of Sherri Haab's books for a long time and was excited to check out this latest edition, which focuses on making jewelry from commonly found objects. Some techniques used include cold joining, soldering, crocheting and felting.
The books offers projects using china, plastic bottles, bubble wrap, glass, plastic bags, textiles and more. There's even a bracelet and earring project made from sewing snaps!

The project that inspired me right off was making jewelry from old tins. I've been wanting to try it for some time. I went to Home Depot to buy tin snips and ended up talking with one of men who worked in that section of the store about what I wanted to do. He suggested Klein Tools shears and they worked liked a dream.
I cut apart my tin, cut out some flowers for earrings and maybe a matching pendant. I filed them. (Here's a tip for filing--after using your metal files, use a buffing block for a really smooth edge. Start with number 1 and work your way around the entire block.)
I think the flower shapes turned out great. Now I just need to make them into jewelry. Jewelry Upcycled! will be available on April 12.


LeeAnn said...

That book looks like so much fun! It really should be easier than it is, but I have some great clip on earrings that I would love to turn into another jewelry piece, but I still haven't messed with them. I should go to Borders to find some inspiration.

mamabeaks said...

I really love up-cycled jewelry. Thanks for sharing that book. Those flowers are really cool, can't wait to see what you make with them, and you did a great job snipping them!