19 August 2008

A Must Have Book: 1000 Jewelry Inspirations by Sandra Salamony

Bought a book last weekend which is truly inspirational for jewelry handcrafters. It's the 1,000 Jewelry Inspirations (Beads, Baubles, Dangles, and Chains) by Sandra Salamony. Quite a good book to browse through when looking for motivation to make a new piece or re-work old ideas. I really like the way it showcased simple pieces and elaborate ones, too. Lovely to read on a breezy balcony or when facing your worktable and wondering what to make of the beads and wires at hand.

One thing I do not like about it, however, is that it's a bit misleading. The book might have 1,000 entries but there are multiple entries for some pieces - some of which are not even crop highlighted but simply resized to fit in a page.

To illustrate my point, the following item number pairs feature only one piece with two entries:

0026 & 0975
0027 & 0871
0051 & 0932
0250 & 0937
0287 & 0972
0391 & 0392
0424 & 0817
0512 & 0513

Now, don't get me wrong. I still think it's a good buy - I just don't like it when readers/buyers get all misled.

Kudos to all those who have their pieces featured in the book. Each one is truly inspirational. And cheers to Sandra Salamony as well for getting all these pieces in her book. I just wish she didn't re-instate the misleading info by mentioning 1,000 pieces of jewelry in her acknowledgment.

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