Friday, August 26, 2016

Craft Book Review: Origami Jewelry by Mayumi Jezewski


Genre: Craft/Jewelry
Translator: Marina Orry
64 p.
Published: 6/20/16
Publisher: Dover Books
Source: NetGalley and publisher for review

You can design your own jewelry with the help of this easy-to-follow guide. More than 35 lovely accessories include a bracelet of hearts, spring flower earrings, hairpins with butterfly ornaments, and other whimsical, wearable origami. 
Each of the models features clear, step-by-step instructions with full-color illustrations for folding the dainty charms. The directions also show how to embellish the jewelry with beads and other ornaments, and how to attach the items to chains and clips. The necessary materials are inexpensive and readily available at craft shops. Origami jewelry is as much fun to make as it is to wear, and you'll love creating handcrafted treasures that you can keep or share with your friends.

My thoughts:

I've seen origami paper jewelry on Etsy and I've wanted to try this for a long time. I saw this book and I thought that now might be the time to try it. It gave some good hints and tricks for making the jewelry (like where to pierce the paper and what to use). I did have some problems with the diagrams in making the origami.

I had yet to try to make a butterfly. I loved the earrings they made with the paper. I didn't have origami paper on hand so I knew there would be a difference with the outcome. Papers have weave and texture and that is why you should make things in the materials they suggest, but I decided to be a rebel (plus I didn't want to spend money on learning it... yea, I'm cheap) so I knew it wouldn't look exactly as shown. I did have some problems when it came to one step and I just couldn't see it with the simplistic diagrams they had. If you are a visual learner you might have problems here as well. Even though the diagrams are visual, they are flat and hard to understand what they meant by "pinch here". It just wasn't clear to my foggy brain. YouTube to the rescue! :)

I used this vid to "get it". This is the same butterfly as shown in the book. Only difference is that I can "get it" much better.

This is my result:
The first try is a bit backwards and looks like a funny looking man. That was me first trying to go from where I stopped in the book and began again with the video. I think I turned something around. The second try was successful! Yea, try the vid if you want to try to make one yourself. 

I give this book 3 stars. While it has valuable information on how to make the jewelry, it was hard for me to totally get each step. Not everyone will have that problem and I guess it is just how you visualize things. YouTube is handy to get you out of those problems and there is a ton of origami vids out there. I also know that on Etsy some of the jewelry like this has a protective coating on it. You are not shown that technique here so be aware that the paper jewelry you make won't be long lasting.

26 comments:

  1. Okay seriously cool. I love this!

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    1. I really did like their suggestions on what to make. :)

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    1. You so need to check these things out at Etsy. :)

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  3. I have never really done any oragami, but my niece loves it, she might like this book. I will let her know.

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    1. I have some little cousins who love this stuff. :)

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  4. That's cool and I love that fabric in the background!

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  5. AH yes I think it's not easy at all to do all that but it's really cute!

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    1. Actually this one was easy once I could see it done (youtube vid). :)

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  6. Very cool. My daughter (10) like to make up her own origami... but I know someday she'd love to be able to do this type of thing.

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    1. I think she'd love this book. Has some good jewelry ideas.

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  7. I haven't done this but my nieces and nephew are really into it and send me animals all the time :-) I bet they would love this.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. My little cousin made the tiniest cranes. I mean tiny! I am in awe of that still. :)

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  8. Yeah I am all thumbs when it comes to this! My son however can do them. He is the type of kid who can watch a performer on video play piano and learn the song...my talent..I drink coffee.

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    1. Well, thumbs are necessary. ;)

      LOL I think I spill my coffee too much to make it a talent. :D

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  9. Very neat idea. I think I'd have a hard time with that. I struggle with the sign language text book we used in class and seeing the 'movement' from the pictures.

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    1. Yea, sometimes you just need more visual information than can be gleaned from a 2d book.

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    1. I bet you rock so much better than I did here. :)

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  11. How fun! I like origami, though I haven't tried it since I was young. I think I'd have to watch videos or better yet have someone show me how to make it, though, as opposed to reading a book.

    -Lauren

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    1. The book gave great ideas, but just fell flat for me to grasp it. Others probably wouldn't have the same problem. Don't cha just love Youtube? LOL

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  12. Oh, how I love origami as a child... and now my kiddos are getting into it. A shame this one was a little difficult, though.

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    1. It may not be for you or your kiddos. Might be the way my brain pan is wired. LOL

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