A fabulous new jewelry book is releasing from Mary Hettmansperger this spring: Heat, Color, Set & Fire: Surface Effects for Metal Jewelry. Mary is a jeweler, mixed-media artist, teacher, and the best-selling author of several Lark Jewelry & Beading books: Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet; Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop; and Fabulous Woven Jewelry. She lives in Peru, Indiana.

In the book, Mary teaches readers how to add color and texture to metal jewelry using a wide variety of low-tech approaches including patinas, enameling, keum boo, copper etching, fusing, weaving, texturing with tools, and more. Twenty-one projects bring to life Mary’s approach to jewelry and design; see photos of a few of the projects below, and click here for a PDF of the Liquid Enamel Necklace project from the book.

Liquid Enamel Necklace project from Heat, Color, Set & Fire

We also invite you to read a really interesting interview I did with Mary Hetts two years ago (this blog still seems new to me, but I guess it’s been around a while) and, of course, to visit Mary’s website. Please join Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook, as well.



Stitched Keum Boo Earrings project from Heat, Color, Set & Fire

Variations of the Resin Brooch project from Heat, Color, Set & Fire

Etched Copper Neckpiece project from Heat, Color, Set & Fire


Dots and Loops Necklace project from Heat, Color, Set & Fire


Blue Pencil Paddle Necklace project from Heat, Color, Set & Fire




9 Responses

    Angela @AngelaJewerly says:

    Love Mary Hetts!  She’s a fellow from “up the cut!”  I have been fortunate enough to have taken classes with her – a generous and wonderful teacher.  Her books are beautifully put together and informative.  Can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

    Sewbillydesigns says:

    LOVE these! must get this one as well!!

    Louie Shellenberger says:

    Also a huge fan of hers! I definitely will add this to my collection of her books!

    Abbey Fowler says:

    This book is now available for pre-ordering from Mary’s online store! Signed copies due to be mailed early May, 2012.  http://bit.ly/mary4

    I have the utmost respect for Mary. Although I’ve not been fortunate enough to have *yet* meet her, she does strike me as a true artist without all the glitterati. I sincerely love every single one of her books. Her instructions is exceptionally thorough. Very *FEW* T-R-U-E artist take time anymore to go above & beyond for their “Respectful Followers”… I’ve seen her in QA’s magazine which was Fab! to seeing her on Beads & Baubles… Fabulous!!! I love her work in the background! You can obviously see how anxious I am to learn so much more from such a giving artist who has a soul that’s all about sharing her love for the arts! She’s *The One* who has taught me being “Perfect” is not what being an artist is about. If *you* like it, that’s what makes you an artist. Thank you Mary! 

    Meredith Holland says:

    Wow, what texture and depth these pieces have. Lovely

    Renee Troy says:

    Mary’s book is awesome!  I can’t stop reading it…so inspiring.

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