Fit to Print Book Review – Mixed Metals

Mixed Metals: Creating Contemporary Jewelry with Silver, Gold, Copper, Brass, and More, written by Melinda Barta & Danielle Fox. Melinda and Danielle are kind of like a super-hero team of jewelry design. Melinda is the editor of Beadwork magazine and the author of Custom Cool Jewelry. Danielle is the author of Simply Modern Jewelry and the editor of Stringing magazine. With such a dynamic duo what could we expect but pure jewelry making genius? Brilliant designs, inspiring photography, easy-to-follow directions, this book is a must-have for your library.

It offers 21 jewelry designs ranging from vintage to modern styles with a focus on gold, silver, base metals, faux & other metals and my favorite, mixed metals. The projects fall under the category of stringing and if you like Stringing magazine, well this is the book for you. What I love about the book is the lagniappe. Lagnaippe is a New Orleans term for a little something extra added with your order. What is the extra in this book? There are bonus earring and bracelet designs that coordinate with the main projects sprinkled throughout the book. I love it. So, amazing color combinations, some new tricks to add to your jewelry making repertoire and a list of resources that will make your wallet whimper – I can’t recommend this book enough!

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6 Comment

  1. Reply
    May 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    You are so right, Heather! This book is beautiful. I keep finding more reasons to open it and linger…
    Enjoy the day!

  2. Reply
    May 26, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Or as us Northerners say: lagganappie! It’s on my list of books to get asap. I know I have
    Custom Cool Jewelry and I love it.

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    Marbella Designs
    May 26, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I just got my copy and I love it!

  4. Reply
    May 26, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I bought the book this weekend and I can’t put it down. Just the pictures put you in a spell.

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    Andrew Thornton
    May 27, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I love Danielle and Melinda’s work! They both fabulous designers!

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    May 28, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I saw this book while browsing at the book store the other day – a mistake since I had no money and stood there drooling over the book. Christmas is a far away and my birthday has passed. I’d bettter go sell a piece or two of jewelry so I can afford the book!


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