I'm a fan.
It's been awhile since I've invested in a basic jewelry book. But this one: I approve. Deryn Mentock's "The Jewelry Maker's Design Book." is well-written, tasteful and funky. She takes what is essentially junk and turns these into treasures. Illustrations and directions are well-done. There's the standard beginner information on supplies and tools, but the Journal Tips are great. Interesting and helpful. I love an insight into an artist's process. Plus, I'm working with a design journal myself this year.
I love the sari and wire earrings she features. And may FINALLY use some of my sari stash to make some earrings and bracelets.
The book makes me anxious to be able to work in my bench space I set up in the garage. Or, to bang away on metal at the picnic table. Sigh. That's a few months away yet.