I am forever reading. Craft books stick to me like glue. I can't shake them. I can't help myself. Here are some of the titles I am reading right now.
I've gotten into heavy metal lately, not wear tight leather trousers and fling yourself around a mosh pit type heavy metal, but the actual hard, cold type. I have a new cloth doll design in mind with a bit of a metal bent. Don't ask, I'm not giving you any more of a hint than that. So, given the latest doll design rattling around in my head, I've been reading about metal craft. First there is Decorative Tin and Wirework.
This book really focuses on both practical and decorative projects using both wire and tin. There are some great techniques in it and plenty of projects to get you inspired to snip, bend and manipulate wire and tin. You don't need to be a welder to tackle these projects either, so a beginner could definitely manage it.
Lisa Brown wrote the other book I've been enjoying.
This one has fewer projects but they are really tantalising. I can imagine doing several of these projects for my home, like the metal covered table or the chicken wire shelf unit (trust me, it looks cool).
I also saw this great metal jewellery design book while browsing in a bookshop.
The aesthetic in this book is positively drool-inducing. The metals are slightly distressed and so unpredictable in shape and texture. Loved it.
The fact of the matter is that there are so many great looking metal craft books to tempt and tantalise me, but you have to start somewhere.