Author(s): Nancy Soriano
The Jewelry Recipe Book takes materials available at large craft stores (as well as specialty shops and artisan shops on Etsy)--beads, shrink plastic, leather, lace, pearls, sequins, polymer clay, yarn, and pinecones, to name a few--and transforms them into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Each of the 35 mini chapters organized by material consists of three projects and three skill levels, adding up to more than 100 stunning pieces that could easily be found for sale at Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie. Every piece is beautifully photographed, as are the majority of how-to steps, and the information is presented in an easy-to-follow way, like a recipe. The book also includes an overview of simple jewelry-making techniques and tips, with best practices for how to work with various materials; how to wear jewelry; and how to work with design elements that include color, scale, and shape.
Nancy Soriano developed an interest in design early as she rummaged through her mother's jewelry box and tagged along on flea-market trips. She introduced crafting and DIY to "Country Living" while she served as the magazine's editor in chief and has also served as the Publishing Director for Craft at F+W Media. Today, she is a brand strategist and editorial director for companies like Rue La La and Cricut. She has been a featured expert on "Good Morning America," "Today," and "Martha Live" on SiriusXM Radio, and she finds time to bake in the kitchen of the 1920s Tudor cottage in New York where she lives with her husband, her son, and her many collections--including a good amount of vintage and handmade jewelry.