Gift giving Two Fold

I wanted to share this great review about jewellery making – more specifically earrings – and had a wonderful epiphany. This book can meet two kinds of needs in the gift department. First you  could gift the book to that friend who likes to make jewellery or secondly you can use the book to make your own earrings for gifts to your friends. Fabulous.

 

Earrings, Earrings, Earings
This book is great fun as a resource and idea book for inspiration! The photos and directions for duplicating projects are clear for the novice or experienced header wanting to create a pair of earrings as shown. Clear and easy to follow instructions, a picture of every project, and an extensive/informative buyer’s guide make this book a “must have” for those just starting out making jewellery. Inspirational and encourages embellishment to make the design your own.
Earrings, Earrings, Earrings can be a learning text for the beginner to intermediate jewellery makers and a resource for inspiration and unique artist made beads and supplies. Full of inspiring designs for the beginning and intermediate jewellery maker. At the front of the book, the author provides the basic steps to creating loops, wrapped loops, etc. through clear written instructions and photographs. Each earring project has a list of materials and written step by step directions.
Working with beads is a popular hobby for people of many ages. A few basic techniques make these earrings a snap to create, with fashionable results. These original designs are perfect for every day and easy enough that you will feel confident making and wearing them to work, school, dinner or a show. Change your outfit, change your look, or make quick gifts with a few leftover beads. Basic wire, stringing and crimping techniques are used for 71 beginner or intermediate level projects. Posts, hoops, short and long dangles are shown, along with 12 sets including bracelets and necklaces. Includes a step-by-step photo how-to section and a visual glossary of terms. 176 pages, all colour.

Title Earrings, Earrings, Earrings!
Authors and contributors By (author) Barb Switzer
Physical propertiesFormat: Paperback
Number of pages: 176
Width: 203 mm
Height: 273 mm
Thickness: 6 mm
Weight: 544 g

AudienceGeneral/trade

LanguageEnglish

ISBNISBN 13: 9781592172498
ISBN 10: 1592172490
ClassificationsBISAC category code: CRA014000
Nielsen BookScan Product Class: T11.6
LC classification: TT
BICMainSubject: WF
BICMainSubject: AF
Dewey: 745.582
BISAC category code: CRA048000

Illustrations noteillustrations
PublisherIndependent Pub Group
Imprint nameHOUSE OF WHITE BIRCHES
Publication date30 June 2009
Publication City/CountryGB

Love the Art of Sugarcraft

Do you remember rolling balls and making snakes with play dough as a child? How about making masterpieces with clay at school in art class? If you could eat those creations you would have Sugarcraft. Simply put the gorgeous art of creating 3D figures or decorations with a sugar based moulding material. Those cute gorgeous cake toppers that look like they have been made of plasticine. Different from pretty icing or edible pictures on a cake, sugarcrafted sculptures make any occasion cake pop and give you a great big wow.

sugarcraft example

 

Like anything new you want to learn, Sugarcraft or sugar modelling takes patience and imagination. There are lots of sugarcraft books and online tutorial blogs and videos available. Though lots I found where from non English blogs, the pictorials gave the same result. You could also check your community for local classes or meetings such as the Cake Decorators’ Association in Australia conducts regularly.

When creating 3D centre pieces for your cake there are a number of materials you can use, just like clay modelling each medium can give you different results. Fondant is the common choice, malleable and flexible, which can be made ahead of time and used if it has been stored properly. Other decorators have used marzipan, sugar paste, modelling paste or a combination of pastes.

Always check the application to make sure you use the right paste. For example Mexican paste it brittle and hard drying, not suitable for flowers but better for sturdy items like a plaque. Whereas Flower paste is flexible, stretches if it is worked well and holds its shape once sculpted.

Like all food creations there are numerous tools available and you may be tempted to use something you found at the art store, think carefully first. Make sure all materials are of a food grade quality and safe for consumption.
If you are looking for inspiration go no further than youtube or pinterest both are full of wonderfully gorgeous creations, too few to post here.
 

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