National Book Lover's Day Gives Me an Excuse to Celebrate

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National Book Lover's Day is a lesser known holiday - much to my disappointment. It's celebrated on August 9th every year. I love books. I love books so much that in my house, every day is Book Lover's Day. I'm hoping you'll join me in celebrating for this one day at least though.

"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor

A home without books is like a room without windows. Horace Mann

Books have always held a special place in my heart. They open up a world of new possibilities to me. Each time I come back to a book, I bring fresh experiences and perspective to it, which lets me take something new away from it.

Art books are no different. In addition to the bones of the process, the invaluable instruction that they present, they offer an opportunity to dream and create. The project ideas and instruction allow me to gain a greater understanding of the process, and how to use the process as part of the art. I get a new jumping-off point for creativity. I believe that books are as fundamental to an artists' workshop as the raw materials they'll use to complete a project. Without one or the other, no artistic vision can be executed successfully.

Delphi experts share a few of our favorites to help you find the next book to fall in love with:

Contemporary Lampworking Contemporary Lampworking Volumes 1 2 are the lampworker's bible. It is a very complete, in-depth guide of flameworking techniques. I highly recommend these books for anyone getting started in lampworking.


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Cere S.
Passing the Flame Passing the Flame is my favorite instructional book for flameworking. The detailed photos and instructions plus loads of helpful hints make it so even a novice flameworker can feel like a pro.


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Phil G.

Books are a uniquely portable magic. Stephen King

Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you. Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Innovative Adornments Innovative Adornments has been a vehicle of inspiration for me ever since I learned how to fuse. I am quick to recommend this book to a beginner as well as an expert. The instruction is great, and even if you're just in need of a change of pace in you jewelry design or new inspiration material, this book has it all.


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Elizabeth B.
Torch Fired Enamel Jewelry Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry offers up a fresh approach to making jewelry. I love the varied style of projects presented, and the easy to follow format - by following along it's easy to feel confident and create something stunning and unique. The combination of metal stamping techniques with enameling, all while using a torch for instant results just really strikes a creative chord for me.

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Karina F.

The more that you read

the more things you will know

the more that you learn

the more places you'll go! - Dr Seuss

Contemporary Fused Glass Contemporary Fused Glass is the ultimate book for fusing. It covers everything from the most basic tools and terms to advanced techniques including cold working, which means that beginner or expert, you'll continue to reference this book for years to come.


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Constance J.
Basic Glass Fusing Basic Glass Fusing covers pretty much everything a beginner fuser would need to know. It contains great color photos and step-by-step instructions, making it a must-read for anyone interested in fusing. It makes getting started simple.

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Heidi S.

One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.

Cassandra Clare

The Lampmaking Handbook One of my favorite books, The Lampmaking Handbook, isn't only an interesting read, but its filled with helpful tips. Its a great reference for artists who want to progress into more complex, Tiffany style lamps. Theres lots of helpful photos on soldering techniques. Plus it discusses using Odyssey molds with your own patterns.


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Steena G.
Basic Stained Glass Making Basic Stained Glass Making is a super-fast read with large close-up photos that make it easy to follow along through step-by-step instruction. This book covers the essentials for copper foil and lead came techniques all in one volume, plus has patterns to get started.


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Constance J.

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National Book Lover's Day is the perfect opportunity to share our love of books and talk about some of our favorites. It is an opportunity to refresh our creative spirits by dwelling a little longer over the selection of new books to join our library, to flip through favorite old titles, and to delight in the worlds inside and outside us that books shine a light on.

Do you have any art books or instructional books that you can't live without?

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Karina Foster

Karina Foster

Karina Foster been at Delphi since 1998. She started in customer service and later transferred to the merchandising department where she currently works to create Delphi catalogs and marketing materials. She is also responsible for Delphi's e-Commerce program. In addition, Karina is a talented glass artist. She has always loved art in any form, and has a self-proclaimed "over-stuffed" home art studio to prove it.