Metal Jewelry in Bloom by Melissa Cable to review. I was very intrigued to see how the subject was handled and not very certain this book was something I would use. If you've ever looked at my work, I don't really use a flower motif very often. And when I do, it's more an abstract version of a flower....not literal.
The intro explains how the quest to create flowers from sheet metal began. It's a very sweet story and I won't give the entire thing away, but Cable's quest to come up with a method to make any flower out of metal with a minimum of tools, without a saw, and easy enough for just about anyone was the result.
Chapter 1 covers flower fundamentals: tools and supplies (Cable separates these into two categories of necessary and nice to have, but not necessary.) Choosing petal count,
Determining petal shape, applying petal texture, adding petal edge dimension,
Embellishing the petal surface, forming the petal center, riveting, and adding color. Just listing what's contained in chapter 1 probably does not fully convey the treasure of information contained in these pages. Trust me, you will be amazed.
Chapter 2 covers how to create 15 different flowers with a variety of petal numbers and shapes.
Whether you use flowers in your work or not, this book contains so much good info that you could apply to other sculptural shapes with a minimum of tools.
Until next time,