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)