Rubber Stamped Jewelry

Reported by Sara McKenzie

I purchased Rubber Stamped Jewelry a few years ago at a local craft store which has since, unfortunately closed. The good news is that it is still available through Barnes & Noble, or Amazon, at a range of $15-22.

If you are not familiar with the author, Sharilyn Miller, she was editor-in-chief of “Somerset Studio” magazine for a number of years, and she created and launched both “Belle Armoire” and “Art Doll Quarterly” magazines. She has since ventured off to write and teach jewelry crafting. You can check out her work and other details here.

In her art, Sharilyn explored many mixed-media art forms, including collage, painting, bookmaking, fiber arts and jewelry. This particular book explores jewelry making with various materials, all incorporating the use of rubber stamps to create unique images and designs. The first 53 pages describe materials and methods in excellent detail, including clear, full-color photos and close-ups. It covers basic jewelry-making instructions, including how to use wire tools correctly, description of types of wire, and even how to make your own jump rings. (Which, by the way, is VERY simple, and comes in handy when you are trying to hang embellishments on your art work!). The instruction section goes onto describe various methods of working with polymer clay; making fiber art embellishments; and decorating shrink plastic to incorporate into jewelry.

The remaining 70-or so pages are devoted to specific projects. Sharilyn called upon many talented rubber stamp artists to contribute to the Project Gallery. this was a great approach, as it resulted in a number of different styles and looks for the finished jewelry projects.

This is a terrific reference book to have on your shelves. Sharilyn has covered a variety of basic approaches that you can explore, insufficient detail that you can feel comfortable to embark on something that you’ve never tried before. The step-by-step photos are clear and close-up enough to understand the well-written instructions. The added bonus is the inclusion of 20 jewelry projects. You can copy these or use them as a starting point for your own creations. A few are shown below.

Copper sheet jewelry
by Doris Arndt

Soldered glass
by Suzie Heinzel

Polymer clay
by Debbie Shipley

Shrink Plastic
by Sherrill Kahn

(another of my favorite
rubber stamp artists!)

I tried my hand at making a necklace from shrink plastic, but went in a different direction than Sherrill Kahn, in that I used black shrink plastic, and added brilliant colors with Lumiere acrylic paints after shrinking.

I cut random, free-form shapes of black shrink plastic to create the elements that would dangle from a leather cord. A 1/4″ hole was punched at the top of each piece before shrinking with my heat gun. Immediately upon shrinking each piece, while it was still quite hot and soft, I impressed it (using VERY firm pressure) with a rubber stamp to create a textured image. Various colors of Lumiere paint were applied to highlight the design and I edged each piece with my Krylon gold leafing pen (one of my all time favorite tools!). A jump ring was added to the top of each piece, and I used a black leather cord for stringing, alternating the shrink plastic pieces with colored glass beads. I finished the ends with an S-hook type clasp.

Pretty simple, and pretty stunning. Use this book like I did to explore a new technique, and create some wearable art! And if you have already ventured into the world of Rubber Stamped Jewelry, share what you did and didn’t like about the book!

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One Response to Rubber Stamped Jewelry

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    Donna April 28, 2008 at 4:40 pm #

    Another book to put on my list to get.