Monday, December 2, 2013

I love learning new things. When I first started making my own glass beads the easiest way for me to learn was by watching. I did not do well by reading instructions, it was all about the visual.

So when I wanted to start learning about cold connections I went to my local book store and went crazy looking for books. Some were great, some not so much. 

So here are some of my favorite picks. 

Metal Craft Discovery Workshop by Linda and Opie O'Brien

I love, love, love this book. Not only does it tell you all about cold connections but there are tons of other tips and tricks to really take your creations to the next level. This is were I learned you can patina metals in salt and vinegar potato chips! Great book.

Next up is the classic Making Connections from Susan Kazmer.
Step by step instructions make this one a must have. I really think that Susan started the movement in using found objects for jewelry. She has been doing this for many years and so many are influenced by her. She is also a great teacher. Take a class with her at Bead and Button in Milwaukee if you can.

Truly one of my favorites is Robert Dancik and Amulets and Talismans. Robert presented his unique way of thinking about jewelry and using found objects several times at the ISGB convention. His book is just wonderful and full of inspiration and unique ways to use cold connections. I love his work and really enjoy his book. If you don't have it put it on your Christmas list!

Semiprecious Salvage by Stephanie Lee is another treasure in my collection of books. She has some great ideas on Cold Connections and some other great tips for using found objects. I love the rustic look to her projects and she has some unique ways to make cold connections. 

So those are just a few of the books that I use to help me visually see how to make cold connections. I love that these books have clear and easily understandable instructions along with other great ideas to get my creative juices flowing.
I hope that these books will inspire you to make some wonderful pieces to share for the upcoming blog hop!
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