30 June 2009

Hardwear Jewelry...

...was so fun yesterday afternoon! Using the book Hardwear : jewelry from a toolbox by Hannah Rogge (a contender for the 2010 Garden State Teen Book Award in the nonfiction category, by the way), we kicked off the Teen Summer Reading Program at Franklin Lakes Library. We made earrings from washers and anklets and necklaces from different sized nuts. We could have done so much more with all types of supplies that can typically be found in a hardware store, but we ran out of time. We were surprised at how absolutely easy the projects where (the ones we tackled anyway), and the best part was that I got all the supplies at Michael's craft store or from my dad's workroom! The different textures and colors (from some of the older hex nuts, especially) actually made the jewelry pieces that much more interesting. I destroyed my nails (because I was too cool for the needle-nose pliers), but love my new anklet. (Click on the pictures for a closer look... be warned: it's pretty close-up.)

Hardwear : jewelry from a toolbox is available at the library.
Call number: YA 745.5942 ROG (shelved with adult nonfiction)

For more information on upcoming teen programs at the library and the Teen Summer Reading Program, go online to the library's calendar of events.

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