I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Lark Books for sending me
these amazing books to review!
It's been an honor!
NOW! The last three books for review and giveaway! Read up and then go to the bottom of the post to see how you can win!
"Color, Texture & Casting for Jewelers:
Hands-on Demonstrations & Practical Applications"
by Carles Codina
Casting is a specialized jewelry technique, so right away you must know this is not your ordinary jewelry book. That, really, is one of the things that makes it so special! I mean, how many times have I looked at a cast piece and wondered "HOW do they DO that???". Now you can learn!
This 128-page paperback book is in two parts. Part 1 covers color, texture, and finishes. Part 2 covers modeling and casting. Plating and Mokume Gane were fascinating to me and seemed surprising accessible. YES you will need special equipment, but if you are ready to really take your jewelry design to another level, this is an invaluable resource.
"Beading With Crystals: 36 Simply Inspired Jewelry Designs"
by Joan Campbell and Katherine Aimone
Holy moley. What a lot of eye-candy! And guess what? It's good for anyone at pretty much any level! Some projects are very simple, and some involve more skill, but it's a fabulous book for any crystal and bling lover to have!
This 142-page paperback book is beautiful and STUFFED with information. I found it easy to follow. The designs range from the wear-every-day to the opulent-night-out styles. Truly, something for everyone. Hard to give this one up!
"Heat, Color, Set, & Fire: Surface Effects for Metal Jewelry"
by Mary Hettmansperger
Oh man. I totally had intended to keep this one. But I showed it in the collage above, so I'm sticking to my word and giving this AMAZING book away. Sniff, sniff.
A hardback book with 128 pages, this book is for metal-lovers everywhere. It goes into different surface treatments such as etching and torching. She even uses grout and concrete! (I should have kept this book, I should have kept this book....)
There are 21 unique projects, and they're all very cool. The first 51 pages are full of techniques and tips, so combine those two and you have a book you're going to be reaching for ALL the time to take your jewelry adventures all over the place. Oh I envy you!
Here's how to win one of these books!
1) Leave a comment
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(If you are a non-US reader, I can ship you this book
if you would share in the shipping cost.
You can figure shipping at www.usps.gov.)
This is a fast giveaway!
Winners will be announced on Sunday, September 16th.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking here. She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book Bead Soup.
Join her at the Facebook group Bead Soup Cafe for bead chat, swaps, challenges, and lots of eye candy!