Book Review-Making Designer Mixed Media and Memory Jewelry by Tammy Powley

Making Designer Mixed-Media and Memory Jewelry: Fun and Experimental Techniques and Materials for the Home Studio

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592533140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592533145
  • This book makes it easy to see the myriad possibilities out there that you can use for jewelry supplies. Yarn, pink post it notes, vinyl pipe and more!!!  found in the hardware store! If you are curious about mixed media jewelry but really unsure how to get started-this book is for you. If you need a book to help get you out of a creative rut, this book is for you.

    Author Tammy Powley has put together a tidy collection of mixed media jewelry projects in this fun and inspiring book. The last paragraph in the introduction of this book states:  “It’s time to flex your creative muscles. Explore unique posssiblities of crafting wearable jewelry art while learning traditional jewelrymaking methods.” – this book definately helps the jewelry artist do this! While there are a number of projects, the main focus of this book is to look creatively at items you’ve never used for jewelrymaking before.

    The cover of the book with a gorgeous collar by artist Phaedra Torres is a prime example of how wonderful mixed media jewelry can be.  The book opens with an Introduction and is followed by Section One: The Basics. This section is Chapter 1: tools and materials, and Chapter 2: Mixed-Media Techniques, including wire wrapping and knotting.

    The second half of the book is made up of the projects and the gallery section- Chapter 3: Ephemera and Memory, Chapter 4: Collectibles and Souvenirs, Chapter 5: Found Objects and Natual Objects, and Chapter 6: Mixed-Media Jewelry Gallery.  There is also a resource section in the back.

    As you go thru the book, think about things sitting in your drawer or junk box and how you can incorporate them into something similar!  Some of the projects I loved are Tammy’s “Grandmothers Marquee”, Cyndi Lavin’s “Timeless Treasure Pins” and Elizabeth and Rachel Geltmen”Pink Paper Paradise Earrings”.  This a great book for anyone who is interested in mixed media jewelry.

    If you’d like to read more about Tammy, be sure to visit this interview by Jennifer Perkins for the Artist Life blog here on CraftGossip!