SO, it's finally here!
I've been given a bunch of Lark books to review, and throughout the next week or so, I'll be posting reviews and giving you the chance to win the book! There's literally something for everybody.
Today I'm reviewing three books -- "Metal Clay Fusion", "Chains, Chains, Chains", and "Beaded Fantasies".
"Metal Clay Fusion: Diverse Clays, Detailed Techniques,
Artful Projects (Metal Clay Master Class)"
by Gordon K. Uyehara
This is a 144-page hardback book and it's chock full of gorgeous photos. It's hard not to get slowed down and first look at all the eye candy before getting into the meat of the book. I've just never seen metal clay like this before! It's like a trip through a museum -- true works of art.
After a comprehensive overview on fundamentals and lessons on how to work with metal clay (there's even a page on getting your work into juried shows), you get 22 diverse and unique projects. While some of the projects are intricate, there is honestly something for any skill level. And it's not just jewelry -- there is a project for making an earring stand and a beautiful spoon, among others. My favorite project -- the turtle. If anyone could make that for me, I'd be over the moon.
This book is EXCELLENT on so many levels. I don't want to part with it but I'm going to so read on to learn how it can be yours.
"Chains Chains Chains: 25 Necklaces, Bracelets, & Earrings"
by Joanna Gollberg and Nathalie Mornu
I do love me some chain! This book paperback, 144-page book covers chain creations in depth and will give you a lot of food for creative thought. You'll learn how to make 25 distinctive chains using simple soldering. riveting, and wire techniques. There is a how-to in the back of the book, but this book is more for the intermediate to advanced designer. However, the techniques used to create these chains are not out of reach, so don't let that stop you from learning a new skill!
This is TRULY a unique book, and again, I love it, but I'm going to pass it on to you. Keep reading, there's one more book today!
"Sabine Lippert's Beaded Fantasies -- 30 Romantic Projects"
This 144-page hardback book is another beauty. I've always been in awe of what seed beaders can do, and this book will feed the hunger for new styles. And she's not kidding -- all of the projects are romantic and elegant and opulent.
From what little I've done with seed beading (i.e., one project) this book looks like it will appeal to all levels. There are certainly a variety of levels of projects! The gallery is GORGEOUS, and again -- I'd love to keep this book, but now it can be yours!
Here's how to win one of these books!
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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 Tuesday, September 11th.
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!