Book Review – Jewelry Recipe Book

COVER. The Jewelry Recipe Book Hi Res
Excerpted from The Jewelry Recipe Book by Nancy Soriano (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by James Ransom.

Having just watched a documentary on the American interior designer and fashion icon Iris Apfel, this book only enhanced my want of creating layers and layers of jewelry that would represent my own style. Nancy Soriano is no less of an inspirational woman and has had many years of experience in the world of design as an editor in chief of Country Living, spearheading DIY and lifestyle partnerships. Nancy also founded the DIY/crafting and social media conference Creative Connection, bringing female entrepreneurs together to grow their design businesses and share their passion for crafting.

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Excerpted from The Jewelry Recipe Book by Nancy Soriano (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by James Ransom.

At first glance and a brief flip through the pages, several projects catch my attention. On taking a closer, more in-depth look into The Jewelry Recipe Book, and reading the introduction I was immediately drawn to Nancy’s story. She was inspired by her mother who studied interior design. Nancy also accompanied her mother while she scouted flea markets and antique shows and this background is clearly reflected in the book.

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Excerpted from The Jewelry Recipe Book by Nancy Soriano (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by James Ransom.

I have always been intrigued by design – in all its forms – and I have dabbled in DIY jewelry on several occasions, making pieces for myself as well as gifts. More often than not, however, I am put off by most books because so many of the items used in the projects are not easy to come by. That’s where this book is different. It had me hooked at ‘bobby pins’. Yes, I know, you can’t really imagine cool jewelery with bobby pins, but Nancy makes them work and look really fab.

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Excerpted from The Jewelry Recipe Book by Nancy Soriano (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by James Ransom.

There are 35 chapters, divided by individual materials with 2 or 3 ‘recipes’ for each, discussing techniques as well as various tips and suggestions. The best part being that the materials used in the projects range from edible things like candy to natural things like wood as well as unconventional items that you wouldn’t think to use for jewelry and accessories. All the materials are easy to find – many of which you’ll probably already have lying around the house and others that can be purchased from a local craft shop or hardware store.

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Excerpted from The Jewelry Recipe Book by Nancy Soriano (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by James Ransom.

This tassel necklace is one I can’t wait to put together. It’s modern, trendy, makes a statement, and made of cord!

Styles of the jewelry projects range from earthy, contemporary, sophisticated and classic using materials like delicate laces and geometric plastic shapes and the pieces can be made to be suitable for various ages.

I am always fascinated by the ability to take ordinary objects and transforming them into something extraordinary. And so rings through in The Jewelry Recipe Book with recipes to make pieces of jewelry from ordinary objects that look fantastic and can be personalised to suit you and your wardrobe.

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Excerpted from The Jewelry Recipe Book by Nancy Soriano (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by James Ransom.

This beautifully photographed book is a book that every DIY-er, designer and creative should own.

Why not get a head start on your holiday shopping – it makes an amazing gift and has something for everyone and can be given to anyone.

If you’ live in the US get it here, UK and Europe get it here.

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