This book is sure to satisfy crafters' hunger by offering 15 functional and fun home and garden projects that make the most of the magical look of metal foil, wire and mesh. These include:
-Charming dog and cat garden stakes with a verdigris finish
-A jungle-inspired desk set
-Glowing wire mesh candleholders
-Woven metal placemats with matching place card holders
-Dramatic garden torch votive holders in shining copper
-Whimsical dragonflies sparkling with beads
-A romantic garland of white lights
-Metal-rimmed rustic flower pots
The projects clearly demonstrate popular and innovative metal crafting techniques step by step -- from texturing, embossing and antiquing metal, to coiling wire and embellishing with beads to heating copper mesh for a multicolored effect. This impressive mix of techniques makes this book a must-buy for anyone looking to explore metal's creative decorating possibilities.
Materials; basic techniques; mesh candleholders; metallic picture frame; fringed lamp; wild trinket box; woven place mat; place card holders; spiral centerpiece; lighted garland; elegant luminaries; perfect pet plant stake; beaded flower pot; dragonfly plant stake; whimsical plant jewelry; glowing blossoms; winged ladybug; project templates.
Jana Ewy has published articles in various craft magazines. She is a designer and demonstrator.
Wire and metalwork is currently a very popular craft and there is an array of books on the subject, each offering their own inspirational ideas. Here, American Jana Ewy offers her metalcraft designs, several with a cross-Atlantic twist, in a well laid-out, easy to understand book. Fully illustrated with colour photographs showing both the finished project and step-by-step instructions, this is a colourful insight into how metalcraft can enhance your home and garden. Candle holders, place mats and trinket boxes offer personal touches for presents or ornaments while ladybugs, pet stakes and dragonflies can enhance your garden and give it extra interest. From simple wire mesh to embellished sheets of metal, bead and wirework, aging and distressing, the techniques are clearly and simply explained, making this an ideal guide for both novices and the more practiced craftsperson alike. - Lucy Watson