Kalmbach Publishing sent me Metal Jewelry in Bloom by Melissa Cable to review. I was very intrigued to see how the subject was handled and not very certain this book was something I would use. If you’ve ever looked at my work, I don’t really use a flower motif very often. And when I do, it’s more an abstract version of a flower….not literal.
I will just give away the verdict first. I LOVE this book. I think I’ve read through it at least twice and thumbed it many more times than that in the two weeks I’ve had it. I will explain why in detail so you can decide if this is a book you want to add to your collection.
Embellishing the petal surface, forming the petal center, riveting, and adding color. Just listing what’s contained in chapter 1 probably does not fully convey the treasure of information contained in these pages. Trust me, you will be amazed.
Chapter 2 covers how to create 15 different flowers with a variety of petal numbers and shapes.
Chapter 3 includes advanced techniques for flowers and foliage including crushed flowers like wisteria, tube flowers like fuchsia, various leaf, branch and vine techniques.
Chapter 4 contains projects for all those flowers you will be making. And BONUS, it includes working with leather and lots of info on working with faux bone…shaping, cutting, coloring, etc.
Chapter 4 also provides a two page spread of templates for flowers of 3-7 petals in six sizes ranging 3/4″ to 2 1/4″
Whether you use flowers in your work or not, this book contains so much good info that you could apply to other sculptural shapes with a minimum of tools.
Until next time,