Making Connections A Handbook of Cold Joins for Jewelers and Mixed-Media Artists

Readers learn how to join metal, glass, plastic, and fiber using wire, hardware and numerous other substances and techniques, primarily to create jewelry.

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From explorer, inventor, and jewelry making maverick Susan Lenart Kazmer, comes an amazing collection of pieces using new techniques for making cold joins (no heat required).

Strong jewelry requires a strong foundation and that means using metal. A metal foundation supports, links, and strengthens fragile elements like fibers and papers, and allows them to be layered and stacked. As a Champion of the Discarded, Kazmer employs whatever technique will turn a found object into jewelry. The inventive and piece-appropriate cold connections in this book will empower jewelers to follow their dreams and create groundbreaking jewelry that is liberated from restrictions of size or materials.

Kazmer introduces a variety of cold join techniques from common and frequently used to new techniques that she has invented for her own use in her amazing pieces. Metal workers will find this a great handbook to spark creativity and inspiration. The challenge of joining delicate and fragile items with metals is addressed in several ways making this the perfect handbook for mixed-media artists.

The hand drawn illustrations, the gallery of pieces by 28 amazing jewelry artists and Susan's own designs and instructions make this a "how-to-book only disguised as a coffee table book." (Denise Peck, Editor Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry)

About the Author

Susan Lenart Kazmer is an explorer, inventor, and maverick who has pioneered the use of found objects in jewelry making. Over the years, Susan has won many awards and has had her work included in museum exhibits, such as the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the Art Institute in New York, and the Huntington Museum of Art, to name a few. The post-Picasso Gallery included Susan's work in The Best of 2004. Susan is also considered a pioneer in the field of patination. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her family.

SKU: QM0221

Author/Speaker/Editor: Susan Lenart Kazmer

Format: Hardcover

Customer Reviews

more for intermediate skills Review by Christie

The how-to pics could be better, the tips more thoughtful, and the pics of finished pieces more varied.

The layout is interesting, the photos inspiring (if over the top), and the sketches-as-instruction are informative enough to lead the intermediate student down the right path.

This is probably not a book for beginners, as there are a lot of assumptions made about techniques. I enjoyed looking through it and studying the sketches to learn how different cold connections were employed.

(Posted on 1/3/14)

This is an excellent book Review by Patricia

I can't imagine anyone giving this book one star! The book isn't written in a traditional way, but it is packed with good information.

You'll learn all about different cold connections and how to create them. I found Susan to be very generous with information.

I go back to this book often and have shared it with other mixed-media artists and everyone has loved it.

(Posted on 12/1/13)

This is not a handbook Review by Lori

I spent the full price on this book, and I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I was. Susan has built herself quite a franchise with countless articles, books and DVDs with her name on them.
The problem with this book in particular is that it leaves you wishing that Susan would have shared some seriously relevant techniques.
Instead, we see lots of photos of her work as well as pics of other artists' works. It's a beautiful book, but how about giving it an appropriate title? Again, the book is lovely, but it won't sit on my bookshelf among legitimate handbooks.
When I think of a stellar handbook, I think of "The Complete Metalsmith: An Illustrated Handbook" by Tim McCreight. Tim puts his ego aside and gives detailed instructions for achieving specific results.
In Susan's book, the sketches that show techniques are almost an afterthought. They look like quick background sketches, not steps that show how to do something. In most cases, the sketches are useless.
The tips in Susan's book are also more like an afterthought. I imagine the editor said, "Wait, we can't call this a handbook! It just has lots of pics and bloated Susan stories." So the intern had to put together a handful of tips, such as "Use beeswax on your saw to make the cut easier." And: "Be sure to tuck in the wires after you wrap a piece."
Look, Susan, we love your work, but your ego is starting to get in the way. This book should have never been called a handbook. How about calling it what it is, a beautiful picture book?

(Posted on 11/21/13)