Friday, July 22, 2011

~~ Book Giveaway! "Hot Connections Jewelry" ~~


Today I'm pleased to review "Hot Connections Jewelry -- The Complete Sourcebook of Soldering Techniques" by Jennifer Chin and published by Potter Craft. And guess what?  I'm giving it away!


I love the pristine cover from the start.  It speaks of modern jewelry with a timeless appeal, and fills in a space in the soldering book market that has been lacking (in my opinion).  It runs 160 pages, and they're all chock-full of instruction, projects, and valuable tips and hints.


The book is broken down into six sections, and each section (other than the Basics chapter) has three projects which build upon the skills learned in that section:

1.  Soldering Basics

2.  Essential Fabrication & Soldering Techniques
(sawing, drilling, riveting, soldering, shaping)

3.  Forming Metal:  Other Fabrication Techniques
(scoring, bending, forging, dapping)

4.  Textures, Patinas, & Finishing
(chasing, reticulation, rolling mills, patinas, polishing)

5. Adding Stones & Beads
(gemstones vs other materials, setting stones)

The projects are nothing like I've seen in other books.  They're modern, sleek, and almost architecturally influenced.  Yet you could take these designs and easily move them to the whimsical and playful arena, as is evidenced in the extensive (and gorgeous!) gallery photos.


Is this a book for the beginner?  I believe so.  Don't let the amazing cover fool you or scare you. Is this a book for the more advanced artist?  Certainly.  That's the beauty of this book.  There is truly something for everyone, and many, many jumping-off points for your own creativity.


SO!  Now comes the giveaway!

As with all my giveaways, you must leave a comment.
An extra point for blogging or Facebooking about it.

Winner will be drawn by Zack and announced Tuesday the 26th.



72 comments:

  1. cool contest and cool tool!

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  2. oops meant to say I'm including a FB link...

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  3. Would love to win! I've been curious about soldering but find it a bit intimidating. :)

    Will also blog and facebook!
    www.leelucreations.blogspot.com

    Thank you for being so generous.
    Anitra

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  4. Ohhh, that book sounds fantastic. Already bookmarked at amazon, but maybe I'm lucky:-)

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  5. Awesome giveaway! I love books and want to get into more metalworking so this would be great!

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  6. That looks like a very interesting book with an attractive cover. I've never really got around to learning how to solder (with a torch), but it's on my things-to-learn list.

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  7. Ok I think I did that right! I would love to win that book... I added it to my want list a couple of days ago! Some days I can solder just fine other days I melt everything I go near!

    Lynne

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  8. I would love that book!! Just go ahead and send it to me :)

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  9. Oh I would so love to win this book. Every book I have looked at on soldering is so antiquated.

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  10. I would love this book! Thanks for letting us play!

    staci.louise@hotmail.com

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  11. Hi Lori: I tried linky but have no idea what happened. My blogger is having issues today so that may be the clue. This book looks very interesting. I have taken one class but need so much more knowledge and help. Fabulous Friday to you...

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  12. I am in collecting all the tools I need to start working with metal. I am so excited. I just purchased Shannon's LeVart's tutorial called Hand Forged Links. I love her work. This book would be a great companion to get me started.

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  13. I just posted this contest to my blog :)

    http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com/2011/07/book-giveaway.html

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  14. would love to win this book! I'm not too sure about the liky tool thing, its kind of odd

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  15. Looks like a great book

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  16. Count me in! Posted here:
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/geneabeadslampwork

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/geneabeads

    http://geneabeads.blogspot.com/2011/07/hot-connections-jewelry-give-away.html

    http://twitter.com/#!/GeneaBeads

    I would love to see what people make from receiving this awesome book!

    xo Genea

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  17. This is on my wish list.

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  18. This looks like a fantastic book! I took one soldering class a few years ago that was a bit of a disappointment and have done very little with it since :)

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  19. I would love a chance to try out some of the thing in the book. Thank you for the chance.

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  20. Yep, I would love this. I've blogged about it for that extra point! Thanks. I like your Linky tool. Curious about how you're going to use it!

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  21. Oooh this book would be perfect to start me on my journey into metals when i go back to college in September

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  22. Looks like a great book. It's something I've been hoping to learn more about too.

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  23. Oh ya, cool book!! I FB's it which will twitter it. If I get a chance to blog I'll do that too! Thanks Lori!

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  24. What a great book!! Thanks for the contest! :D

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  25. I am always in for a new book. Thanks Lori.

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  26. Got my link in, it worked well.
    Awesomw book giveaway, thank you.

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  27. Sounds like a great book Lori. I did my thing on the "link thingy" or whatever it is called - hope it worked!

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  28. looks like a great book!

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  29. Hi Lori, I'd really love to win this book..my soldering skills leave much to be desired....vbg....Thanks again for your generosity and love the blog as always..

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  30. Oh my - I was just looking at this book earlier today on amazon.
    Yup, I'd love to add it to my library.

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  31. Great review, Lori. I don't have this book and will add it to my resource shelf. :-)

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  32. Fingers crossed that I get that wonderful book!!!! and hope you are not boring to 'meet' me again here ... lol
    Count me in please.... Thanks :-)

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  33. I tried Linky, but I don't think I did it right. It got lost. Book looks interesting, would love to add it to my collection. Posted on FB.

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  34. How do you find all these different tools to use on your blogs?
    I really suck at this!!
    Anyhow, I would love to own a copy of this book, as it would help me on this new journey I am taking.

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  35. Now that's an area I could do with improving and the book looks great!!!

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  36. Shout given on Facebook:
    https://www.facebook.com/theajewellery

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  37. Blogged you too! - thanks Lori.

    http://thegossipinggoddess.blogspot.com/2011/07/great-book-giveaway.html

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  38. Fab give away I could always use more jewellery books tho my other half would not agree!

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  39. Hi Miss Lori, i'm sorry i tried to use the other link but i couldn't figure out how to resize my picture :(. Hope things are well it seem like forever since Iv'e been out for a hop, i miss my regular moring hop & coffee after i drop Jack off at school, but i have been enjoying all the time spent with him & his peeps. I love this giveaway, i have all the tools waiting in my studio for a book just like this, i would love to win. I'll work on resizing that picture my daughter actually took one of me at the festival last weekend, she wants me to put it on my blog, i just hate myself in pics i'm very self conscious about my crooked neck. Anyway i'll be back after i blog and F.B.
    ttfn Lana :)

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  40. Interesting book
    I need it! VBG
    Thanks for entering my name
    xoxo
    ((((hugs_))))
    Maggie

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  41. Oh I so want this book! Thanks for the chance to win it!!!!

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  42. I posted about this in the sidebar of the blog:

    www.blissguild.blogspot.com

    Alice

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  43. I posted this on my FB:

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php

    Alice

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  44. Cool contest - the book sounds, & looks, fabulous.

    Thanks for your generosity :)

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  45. Soldering is something I've tried a couple of times at a short (very!) jewellery course and I would love to "master" it at home :D
    Will blog about the giveaway too (link to follow)
    Tracy

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  46. Link to blog post :D

    http://cinnamonjewellery.blogspot.com/2011/07/soldering-book-giveaway-at-pretty.html

    Tracy

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  47. Please enter me in I need all the help I can with my soldering! I tried the linky thing but am not sure it worked!

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  48. that Linky tool thingy is REALLY
    neat !!!!!!!
    Somehow I missed the place where I was supposed add a comment ...
    but, I will learn !
    Maybe the lucky winner of the book will be able to solder something in their soup mix!!!
    I CAN NOT wait for Bead Soup to begin !!! m.e. :)

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  49. ok did the linky thing, kindof kewl but time consuming. Anyway I really want to win this book.. I never get to win, and this looks like the book for me, so I really should win this time.. pleeasseee!

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  50. Oooo I would LOVE to have that book!!!

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  51. Guess I missed the linky tool, didn't see it, but would love to be entered in that great book give-away. Always fun to learn new things!

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  52. Would love to win this wonderful book since I am so into soldering right now, but have not really learned it anywhere. And since I am stuck on the sofa again with a broken knee this would be perfect....

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  53. How cool! I would be super excited if I won! :)

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  54. I blogged about it! Couldn't see the Linky tool though. Hm.

    Here's my link, old school-style;
    http://www.prettythingsblog.com/2011/07/book-giveaway-hot-connections-jewelry.html

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  55. I would love to win this book. I do have it in my wish list at Amazon but it would be nice to win in.

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  56. Cool! I emailed regarding bead blog party but not sure if I got the email addy right...could you let me know if you got? Justdeezart@gmail.com

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  57. Okay maybe I'm blind or just daft...but I couldn't find the linky thingy! Lol

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  58. Good and important to know the basics of the jewelry making procedures to make good and saleable products.If they look good and not stick together for long the customers won't be happy to come back again.

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  59. Oh, I'd love to win! Thanks Lori for the chance!

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  60. Hi Lori! thanks for this giveaway, I would love to win this book!

    I posted about this in the sidebar of my blog:
    www.fascinationstreet85.blogspot.com

    :)barbara

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  61. Sounds like a fun book. Would love to win.
    And congrats on winning that ring.

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  62. Oh skills I would love to learn!

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  63. Posted to my FB page!

    http://www.facebook.com/MyLifeUndertheBus

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  64. Oh, pick me!! I'm taking a metalsmithing class and need a good reference book at home. I blogged about this on my site and FB. I also did a little write up on the BSBP. Check it out and let me know what you think!
    Valerie
    www.hot-fused-glass.com

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  65. Soldering has always intimidated me; but that's the direction I want to go. Just imagine the possibilities. Thanks for entering me.

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  66. This looks like an awesome book!

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  67. That book looks fantastic!
    I would love to add it to my library.
    Thanks for the give away.

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  68. I don't know why, but I don't see the "Linky Tools" anywhere - I will look again when I have more time...maybe it's my browser or something. I would love to win this book since I was suppose to receive one to review, but never got it. I've sent numerous emails, but still no book :( Maybe I will have better luck this way :) Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  69. OH that book looks like it is full of amazing goodness!

    I've been soldering for a bit now but you can never learn too much!

    ~Cat

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  70. I FB'd it too :)

    https://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/profile.php?id=100000510051965

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  71. Desperately wanting to learn how to solder, I signed up for a class at Bead Fest in August. I am very excited to learn and bet this book would complement the class beautifully!

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  72. All these books are awesome. Thanks so much, would love to win

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