I pre-ordered this book in May and it was worth the wait!
The book is divided into 2 main sections. The first section is dedicated to technique and technical aspects of torch fired enamel jewelry. The second section is dedicated to projects, but also includes several additional techniques not included in the 1st section.
Information included in the tech section starts with a brief history of this particular enameling technique. The first technical aspect you learn about is what types of metal are appropriate for enameling, what colors to start out with (because there are SO MANY COLOR CHOICES!), how the colors interact with each other, appropriate method for using transparent vs. opaque, using the torch flame to advantage. That is just the beginning.
Barbara Lewis also covers how to set up a proper workspace and the few tools you will need (not many at ALL!) and the most important tool, the torch. This technique does not require an expensive torch or...
I will be straight up from the get go, I am writing my review because I was made aware of some VERY negative reviews on this book that had little to do with the book itself, but were more a character attack on the author. I almost never write reviews because I am too busy doing artistic, creative things with my life to bother with spending my time writing about my opinions online. My husband and I have bought dozens and dozens of books from Amazon over the years, but I don't think either of us has ever left a review, until now!
I became aware of Barbara Lewis in 2011. I joined her Ning group before I ever bought her book because I was so intrigued by the technique she was teaching. After discovering I could use the equipment I already had as a lampwork bead maker, I was extremely excited to get her book and try this technique. I have years of experience working with a torch and glass and found her technique to be fairly user friendly, but not without a learning curve. I...
I rarely write reviews, but this book impressed me so much, I just had to give it a shout out. If you are debating about purchasing this book, dither no longer, buy it. Very well written, excellent step by step instructions with clear photos. Each project includes an extensive materials list, including tools needed for the project. In addition to the enameling technique instructions, this book also contains lots of tips for working with metal, from etching to forming. I'm pleased to report that I picked up a few tricks just by flipping through it on the first read. Lots of cool jewelry to look at to. Inspired me to try my hand at enameling.
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