Hold on to your hats kids, we are about to have ourselves a regular contest bonanza here at the Naughty Secretary Club blog! Every Monday for the entire month of March we are giving away a free book. Books on jewelry, business, sewing and more! Holy macramé that means 5 contests in all. There is only one book for each contest so not everyone can win. That being the case you might want to read my oh so informative Monday morning book reviews to see if these books are worth adding to your Amazon Wish List. First up on our list is Plexi Class: Cutting Edge Projects in Plastic by Tonia Davenport available through North Light Books.
Honestly you had me at the words plastic. I have been fascinated with working with plexi glass ever since now defunct Austin jewelry label Otter Otto made the scene. Oh how Donna’s jewelry made me wish I had thought of this or that first. With my handy copy of Plexi Class all I have to do is flip to the instructions on how to make the Text Me Bracelet or Hot Linked Belt for tips about getting images like helicopters and pirate ships onto Plexi Glass. Who knew you could use embossing powder and rubber stamps on plexi glass, but apparently you can and get rad effects from it.
The possibilities for plexi glass does not just stop at jewelry, oh no my friends the possibilities are as they say endless. Projects in Plexi Class include of course lots of accessories but also picture frames, dog collars, drink coasters and night lights. I think one of the things I always found daunting about plexi glass is where to get the sheets and how to cut it once you did. No need to worry any longer author Tonia Davenport walks you through scoring plexi with plastic cutters, smoothing edges with your Dremel and bending and shaping plexi glass with a heat gun.
Plexi Class is a book worth winning for sure. Tonia clearly has a more subdued and sublte jewelry style than I do, but the whole point of a craft book is to learn a new skill. One should not try to emulate Tonia’s exact designs, you should learn from the examples and see what you can do with plexi glass. In my case I can’t wait to make it big, bold and tackaliscious. I see chunky stacked rings and stenciled earrings in the near future.
Wanna get your mits on a copy of Plexi Class? Well it just so happens I have a spare copy to give away (you didn’t think I’d give away my copy did you). Leave me a comment and let me know what medium you find daunting, but wish you knew more about. For me working with plexi glass is one of those jewelry mediums I have always wanted to work with, but been afraid before reading this book. Does the idea of casting resin put the fear of Jesus in you, but intrigue you at the same time? Have you dreamed of soldering since you were a little girl back on the farm in Kansas but never tried? All those things, spill it – we want to know and give you a free copy of Plexi Class. You have until next Monday to leave a comment.