11.04.2009

Enchanting!

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Last week I received my copy of Cynthia Thornton's new book Enchanted Adornments: Creating Mixed-Media Jewelry with Metal Clay, Wire, Resin & More, and I've become caught in her spell!

Enchanted Adornments is a book seemingly about creating jewelry but is really just a disguise for you to travel into Cynthia Thornton's imagination where anything is possible :)


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Immediately, I felt as if I was sitting in Cynthia Thornton's studio having a cup of tea while she showed me secret notes and wonderful treasures. Each page is a delight to look at because Cynthia has made a book come to life with intricate sketches, watercolor illustrations, and photos of amazing trinkets.

It's no ordinary how-to manual. Enchanted Adornments contains four different layers of books -- cultivating your creativity, jewelry fabrication techniques and tips, an imaginary story with whimsical illustrations, and projects for creating unique jewelry.

Like this note pictured above, it's the little tidbits that I find so special. Cynthia Thornton is a nurturing voice, looking over your shoulder, giving you permission to play, to make mistakes, and have fun with them.

More importantly, her tools and techniques section is extremely thoughtful. Having to cover such wide ranging mediums as resin, polymer, and metal clay in one book seems like a daunting task; however, Cynthia Thornton is an experienced artist who knows how to share with brevity the most important tips and techniques that she has learned over years of experimentation.


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It's Cynthia Thornton's attention to detail that makes Enchanted Adornments more like a tapestry then paper and ink. Each page is a peek inside an artist's sketchbook with captivating watercolor designs and symbols like this tiny wheel pattern. Cynthia's devotion to creating a complete experience for the viewer reminds me of Medieval illuminated manuscripts.


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When I reached Enchanted Adornments' illustrated story, I knew this beauty was going to make its home next to some of my most beloved children's books. The tiny pagoda pictured above is just a small sample of the lively illustrations woven together to create a magical story about jewelry. I will be going back again and again to enjoy the illustrated world Cynthia Thornton has shared with me through Enchanted Adornments.


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Enchanted Adornments is infused with Cynthia Thornton's generous spirit. Once you crack the book open, you'll feel her presence like a ever watchful fairy or mermaid, wanting to share in this magical thing called creativity.


enchanted adornments silver horse necklace beth hemmilaAwakening, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry):
peridot, carnelian, garnet, plum pearls, fine and sterling silver

Many blessings to Cynthia Thornton for including Hint Jewelry's necklace Awakening in Enchanted Adornment's inspiration section along with other amazing jewelry designers such as Kate McKinnon, Melanie Brooks, Lorelei Eurto, Melissa J. Lee, Margot Potter, Kelly Russell, Jane Wynn, Laura Ann Belkin, Gail Crosman Moore, Jamie Hogsett, Candice Wakumoto, Carter Seibels, and Jean Yates.

If I had to pick a favorite out of these amazing pieces in the gallery it would be the necklace by Jane Wynn. I can't stop admiring each choice she made in her ocean inspired necklace, and I'm charmed by her endearing illustrations you can purchase at Wynn Studio on Etsy!

10 comments:

  1. I can't wait to pick up a copy of this. I have it on my Christmas List but I don't think I can wait that long!

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  2. congratulations, beth... what a well deserved honor... i cannot wait to get this book!

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  3. Not fair - I haven't got mine yet!!!! Soon I will be stalking the postman...

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  4. I like what she has on her *note* page... She is right.. I've done exactly that- rip out something and then I find myself digging thru the wastebasket for it!. lol...Your art and hers are what draw me- simple, 'clean' and profound.

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  5. Oh poo! I don't have mine either :(
    Your review is wonderful, now I really can't wait to see it.
    Sandra

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  6. Oh Alice, you are definitely going to want this before the holidays to inspire making some enchanting Christmas gifts!

    Mary Jane and Renate it's going to blow you away!

    Chrissy, so glad you liked that note too :) Cynthia's whole book is like that. Little insightful things that make you realize you have all you need to be creative! Thanks so much for appreciating the clarity of my work and seeing the connection between Cynthia's art and mine. I feel so honored!

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  7. Beth- What a wonderful review of Cynthia's book! The anticipation for this book has been so high! I've had it on my wishy-wish list for some time, but your review is making me want to not wait any longer and run out and get right now! :) Congrats on being included in the gallery section! That is fantastic!!!

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  8. Ooooo, I hadn't seen this book yet - I'm off to buy it right now!

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  9. Sue and Erin, you're going to fall in love!

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  10. Hey Beth! Great review! So glad to hear you like it. You really did a great job approaching each of the different aspects of the book. The book is filled with even more symbolism and secrets, but I dare not reveal them all.

    Thanks again for your submission. I'm really proud of all the work Cynthia did and the work that all the contributors did as well. I love the gallery section and the various representations of what magical mixed media jewelry can mean. There are endless possibilities.

    Thanks again!

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