Mixed Metal Mania

Mixed Metal Mania
Gifted by Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Reviewed by Molly Fletcher, Editor,


Mixed Metal Mania is a go-to resource for jewelry makers who want to learn how to work with metal. This book of tips and techniques includes 30 projects for earrings, cuffs, pendants, and more. Learn how to solder, hammer, and shape metal elements into unforgettable accessories.

Author, teacher, and designer Kim St. Jean specializes in organic jewelry with a modern flair. St. Jean can teach readers how to turn linked bracelets, bangles, rings, pins, and other accessories into works of art. The first portion of Mixed Metal Mania covers basic metalworking techniques and tools. Unusual for a crafting guide, the tools section includes photos as well as descriptions. When they have this book in hand, novice jewelry makers can walk into their local supply store with confidence.

Likewise, the clear, concise instructions and photos that accompany each tutorial make complicated projects manageable. Mixed Metal Mania begins with simple projects and builds to complex tutorials that bring together multiple techniques and skills. St. Jean gives readers a glimpse of what inspired her to make each project, which will hopefully trigger your own imagination as you read.  

Although these designs are intricate, you can create most of them using common jewelry making tools. A few projects call for specialized equipment, but for the most part, Mixed Metal Mania is intended for beginners. St. Jean encourages her readers to look for inspiration everywhere they go. Some of these tutorials incorporate natural elements like stones, fossils, and even antlers. 

Mixed Metal Mania is your key to making gorgeous metal jewelry projects. Every technique you master as you work through this book can be applied to your own designs. Don't feel obligated to recreate the projects in this book exactly–let your own personality shine through. Mixed Metal Mania is a great addition to any jewelry maker's library. 

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