Semiprecious Salvage eBook

Journey through time, discover beautiful objects that have been long forgotten and give them new life. With the jewelry making techniques and found art tips in Semiprecious Salvage you can create new art pieces from old items.

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You’ll Love This Found Art Jewelry Book If:

  • You want to create unique found art projects by mastering jewelry making techniques
  • You want to learn jewelry making tips for incorporating forgotten objects into your pieces
  • You love giving new life to trinkets and found objects and want to learn more

Journey through time, discover beautiful objects that have been long forgotten and give them new life. With the jewelry making techniques and found art tips in Semiprecious Salvage you can create new art pieces from old items. This book features an expeditioner’s journey, follow along as our expeditioner uncovers tattered silk, faceted stones, and more found art projects.

Start an adventure in your own life, whether you have a special heirloom you want to use or want to uncover a new forgotten treasure, when you create found art jewelry. Reinterpret objects, change their use with the wearable works of mixed media art. Stephanie Lee shares step by step instructions, clear guidance and helpful jewelry making tips showing you how to master basics then try new projects on your own. Mix and match elements, create one-of-a-kind found art jewelry pieces and share your stories!

In Semiprecious Salvage You’ll Learn:

  • How to make a ring, brooch, pendant and more using found art jewelry techniques
  • Found art projects for making jewelry with faceted stones, tattered fabrics and other forgotten items
  • Basic wirework and jewelry finding techniques

Check Out This Excerpt From Semiprecious Salvage:

Gathering Basic Tools

No self-respecting "expeditioner" leaves home without the tools necessary for excavating the buried treasures she will unearth. Basic metalworking tools are all that you’ll need for repurposing your found objects into functional, beautiful jewelry. Though you will not need every tool for every project, having your camp well stocked will ensure that you are able to alter almost anything, at any given moment.

Repurposing Kit The basic tools in the repurposing kit will allow you to alter found objects and create connections without the use of a torch or soldering iron.

Hammer— A small jeweler's hammer is ideal for precision hammering.
Tin Snips— Choose snips with a smooth, rather than serrated, cutting edge.
Wire Cutters— Heavier than the cutting portion on a pair of pliers, these make snipping wire a snap.
Pliers: Needle Nose, Round Nose— These are all available at most craft and all jewelry supply stores.
Steel Block or Anvil— You may purchase this from a jewelry supply source or go to your local steel fabrication shop and rummage through their scrap. Often they will have scrap steel that you can purchase by the pound.
Wood Block—Any scrap of wood is fine. It will be used to support pieces that you may be drilling through, preventing damage to your work surface.
Center Punch— A steel punch available at hardware stores, this will be used to create a pilot dent to guide the bit when drilling. While they come in different sizes, I prefer one with a fine tip.
Dremel Tool with Steel Brush Attachment— The wire brush will enable you to highlight areas in your jewelry, creating a bit of contrast to the darkened, aged areas.
Power Drill with 1/16" (2mm) and Other Smaller-Sized Bits— Choose a bit made specifically for metal. I always like to have a few on hand for when one gets dull or breaks.
Nova Black Patina (for solder)— Available at stained glass supply stores, this solution is used to blacken and age the various metals used in the projects. There are other blackening agents that will work, such as liver of sulfer. I prefer this because it blackens more quickly and comes ready to use.
Metal Files— Select a file with a finer tooth for smooth edges. When filing, apply pressure to the metal while pushing the file away from you. Do not file in the opposite direction or you will dull the file.
Scissors— You never know when a quick snip or trim will be needed.
Clear Sealer— I prefer spray-polyurethane in a satin finish, although any sheen will work fine.
Tweezers— Use "junk" ones that you plan to use for jewelry-making only.
Natural Bristle Brush— Use one of these to apply patina solution to your pieces.
Small Glass or Plastic Bowl— You’ll need something for patina solution.
Latex Gloves— Wear these to protect your hands when applying patina solution to your pieces.
Dust Mask— It is essential to use one when sanding metal that has had patina solution applied to it.
Rag or Paper Towels— I use these a lot for wiping excess solution off of pieces.
Fine Grit, Wet/Dry Sandpaper (200-400)— This is used frequently to remove a bit of the darkness that the blackening solution creates and to bring back some of the shine.
Metal Letter Stamps— These are available from jewelry supply stores, catalogs or Harbor Freight and, when used with a hammer, allow you to add text to your objects.

A Word From the Author:

"The pieces in this book are varied in many ways yet they all share the commonality of repurposing found objects into earthy and semirefined pieces of jewelry. Unearthed, discovered, salvaged, reclaimed. Interest and intrigue are created in the contrast of old and new—the worn surface of aged metal highlighted against a polished, faceted stone, or luminescent pearls paired with tattered and torn silk. The combination of fresh and faded reflects our lives and never ending journey to presenting an authentic self to the world—rough edges and all." — Stephanie Lee

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SKU W3037
Product Type eBook
Author/Designer Stephanie Lee
ISBN 13 9781440315831
File/Trim Size 49 MB
File Type PDF
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