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250 Word Review: Junk-Box Jewelry, Sarah Drew

250 Word Review: Junk Box Jewelry, Sarah Drew

Summary (From
This beautifully illustrated guide shows teens how to create eye-catching jewelry out of found or recycled objects—at very little cost. Some fun projects include making pendants out of pebbles; sewing a stylish cuff using scraps of fabric; and fashioning a funky charm bracelet out of extra screws, washers, and other toolbox trinkets. The easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions are suitable for both beginner- and intermediate-level crafsters. This book also provides bonus tips on the tools you need to get started, where to find materials, and how to make money from your jewelry.

Title: Junk Box Jewelry
Author: Sarah Drew
Length: 112 Pages

Photographs: ★★★★
Techniques: ★★★
Writing/Projects: ★★★
Overall: ★★★

My opinion:
The writing in this book is good: clear, easy to follow instructions, with just enough of the author’s personality shining through to prevent the book becoming dry or dull.  The photographs are great: clear & crisp.  Interesting angles and close ups make the chapter title pages intriguing, which makes you want to read on.

An impressive variety of projects is included, especially when you consider there’s only 25 in total.  Earrings, rings, bracelets, cuffs, chokers, necklaces and hair bands are all featured.

In terms of jewellery making techniques, the book focused rather heavily on wire-wrapping.  However, this is a cheap way to upcycle old or broken jewellery, and so although it isn’t my favourite method, it does fit well with the theme of the book.

Materials-wise, everything from sea glass, old beads, washers, broken jewellery, twigs and charms are included, which means readers almost certainly will have items lying around appropriate.

I found the actual jewellery featured to be a little too gaudy for my tastes – but the techniques were useful and adaptable – simply include more or less beads or colours to fit your individual style.  My pre-teen sister also LOVED most of the projects, so I think it’d be a great book for a teenage girl.  For younger teens (like my sister, 10-14 or so), I think a gift of the book, some pliers, maybe some extras like cheap jewellery or shrink plastic, and an afternoon to work together would be an EXCELLENT gift.

Buy it? As a gift certainly, for myself it’s more of a library book
In a nutshell: Good techniques, ideal gift for a youngish girl.

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