Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Sophie Maletsky
Publisher: Zest Books
“What makes people go so
crazy over duct tape? The answer is simply this: You can make or
decorate virtually anything with it! It’s sticky and has the
consistency of fabric, which means you can make everything from
purses to clothing out of it,” Sophie Maletsky writes in the
introduction of her book, Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects.
At two hundred and forty pages, this letter-size paperback targets ages twelve years and older. After an introduction there are ten chapters, followed by a conclusion, templates, index, and author’s biography. Clear and concise color photographs work in conjunction with easy to understand step-by-step directions.
With over seventy projects, the author knows the ins and outs of duct tape. From teaching the basics of folding, cutting, and designing creations, many different options of products can be produced.
The first two chapters cover the tools needed such as a work surface, roll of duct tape, and good pair of non-stick scissors. There is a list of what does not work well with this specific tape as well as other tapes that can be incorporated into the designs. Three charts include a simple to moderate to complex collection of supplies.
Chapter three explains the basics of making strips, fabrics with backing, clear windows, pouches, and seven types of closures by using magnets, buttons, zippers, or Velcro. Quick crafts such as bows, flowers, leaves, and stickers are in the fourth chapter.
The next five chapters are projects to make, divided by wallets, purses, bags, cases, wearable jewelry and accessories, along with items for school or bedroom use. Examples include a simple clutch to multi-pocket wallet, watermelon or cupcake looking purse, smartphone or tablet case, beaded or double-spiked bracelet, ring, tie, belt, locker organizer, book cover, lunch bag, dry-erase board, picture frame, or earring tree.
Not to discard any waste, the final chapter is on recycling the end of the tape or cardboard center roll by making a tassel, tiny notebook, weaving strips, bookmark, drink cozy, bangle bracelet, mini-shelf, or carnival game.
Perfect for the young artist who likes to create things using unique items, this book will delight and entertain one to many people at home, in an art class, or as a fun contest to see who comes up with the most inventive idea.
Thanks to Zest Books for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for the reader’s honest opinion.