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Family pictures are a vital part of any home, and the design and use of frames is an essential decorative feature. The best ones show off their contents to great effect while adding to the styling of the room. Learning to make frames is a satisfying and rewarding craft, and this practical book shows you all you need to know to make the perfect frame for any environment and occasion. Split into three chapters, the book begins with Cardboard, Tin, Wire and Paper which explains the basics of picture framing, from choosing mounts, using mouldings, cutting glass, fitting up a frame and deciding on a style. In this section the projects include a pretty Swirly Mirror and an unusual Bottle Cap Mirror Frame. Next is Fabric, Beads and Flowers, which offer a multitude of ways of decorating frames, such as a lovely Pressed-Leaf Frame and a gorgeous Padded Silk Picture Frame. Finally, Plaster, Clay and Mosaic, a more challenging media, but the end results are stunning. There are many projects to try, from a funky Geometric Clay Frames and an appealing Modelled Flower Garden Frame through to a beautiful Mediterranean Mirror and a unique Grotto Frame so you wont be short of ideas. Whether you want to frame photographs, paintings or objects, this book features a superb range of frames for you to make. Complete with comprehensive guidance on materials and equipment and over 30 projects to guide and inspire, all shown step-by-step in more than 340 colour photographs, this is an indispensable book for crafts enthusiasts everywhere.
Wetlands - swamp, marsh, bayou, tundra and bog - are places that are rarely visited and often misunderstood but they have, in fact, conspicuous roles in the physical, biological and cultural geography of the world.Â They are intrinsically beautiful environments where one may see the natural and essential values in the interaction of water, soil, vegetation, wildlife, and humans.Â Wetlands occur at the confluence of unique terrestrial, hydrological and climatic conditions that give rise to some of the most biodiverse regions of the world.Â They also play vital roles in the cycling and storage of key nutrients, materials and energy through the Earth?s system.
A complete study of wetland environments requires the assessment of their physical and biological attributes, properties and functions of these ecosystems, and the economic, political and social aspects that mediate their use globally.Â A systems approach is taken throughout this book which emphasizes the interactions between these elements of wetland ecosystems.Â Moreover, selected case studies from across the world are used to illustrate wetland characteristics and circumstances.Â
This book is intended to foster a greater awareness and appreciation of wetlands, promote a culture of conservation and wise management, and spread the knowledge that wetlands are important, indeed crucial, elements of the global environment.Â Our attempts to understand, manage and enhance wetlands in the twenty-first century are part of the larger effort to maintain a sustainable Earth.
Readership: Introductory or intermediate level undergraduates taking courses on wetland environments
Additional resources for this book can be found at: www.wiley.com/go/aber/wetland.
This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.
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