Most handmade jewelry is unique and even one of a kind, because there are so many ways to combine materials and techniques with each designer’s personal style. Even when we try to recreate something that we’ve been inspired by in a magazine or chain store, the finished piece has qualities that simply can’t be mass produced. It's one of the things that makes creating your own jewelry so rewarding - each piece has a little bit of you in it!
Of all the different styles of beading and jewelry designs that have become popular in the last century, nothing is quite as unique and remarkable as mixed media jewelry. By combining fluid and organic elements like fibers, clays, and ink, designers can create pieces that are completely one of a kind. Even when you reproduce the same steps more than once, the nature of the techniques makes them slightly different every time.
In Rubber Stamped Jewelry,jewelry artist Sharilyn Miller provides a wealth of information to beaders who are just getting started with mixed media, plus a new and exciting avenue for designers who are already adept at combining materials for eclectic jewelry.
The first half of the book is an encyclopedia of mixed media and rubber stamping techniques. The number of techniques covered is almost too many to list. Sharilyn begins with some jewelry making basics like choosing materials and tools, and wrapping headpins. She has even included several tutorials for making your own components like jump rings, headpins and clasps. Readers will also learn how to use stamps, create molds, heat embossing powder, make and decorate polymer clay components, braid and knot jewelry fibers and cord, create unique beads and focals with shrink plastic, and many more fabulous ideas for mixed media jewelry.
There are 20 jewelry project examples to try, each using a variety of the techniques covered in the basics. Though there are no diagrams to guide you through the list of steps, each project includes an index so you can easily find the correct basics section to study before you begin. The designs themselves are so intriguing, it’s hard to believe that they were inspired by rubber stamps!