Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway -- "Unexpected Findings" by Michelle Mach

One of my favorite things to do with jewelry findings is find a new way to use them.  I've lost many a toggle bar in my time yet still save the ring, as I know I'll be able to find SOMETHING to do with it.

Michelle Mach's new book, "Unexpected Findings", via Interweave/F+W, is the perfect book for people who want to change up the way traditional findings such as clasps, bead caps, fold-over clasps, and bails are used. There are over 50 projects from Michelle and a cadre of designers such as Barb Switzer, Erin Prais-Hintz, and Erin Strother, to name just a few.  With 143 pages, there will be something for virtually every level of jewelry designer.




This photo shows (center) a piece by Michelle Mach called "California Poppy", using brass frames, filigree, and fabric stitched together.  I love the layering!  The gorgeous fuchsia necklace to the bottom left, "Lotus Blossom", is made with buttons, a vintage Lucite earring finding, cording, and a bezel behind it all.  Very clever, and both show a way to make things that look ethereal quite sturdy by using the proper components, even if those components weren't necessarily meant to be used in that manner.


"Sweet Soiree" by contributor Lorelei Eurto shows a different way to use bead cones.  I've never been good at making multi-strand necklaces, where bead cones usually show up as a way to finish the endings of the multiple strands neatly.  In this bracelet, you can tackle your stash of cones with abandon to create dangles.  They'd also make great earrings!


The beginning and end of the book goes over basic techniques, multiple findings, and ways to adapt them to your taste.  It also includes a listing of where to find some of the findings you may never have seen before.  Most of the instructions come with photos to further explain how to put things together, but a few of the tutorials do require a bit of experience with no photos other than the finished (and beautiful) jewelry.  Don't let that stop you, though -- there are lots of projects of all levels and styles to choose from, from bohemian to vintage-inspired.


Would you like to win this book?

Why of course you would!!!!

To win, just make a comment below
and make SURE there is a way for me to find you,
either by being linked to your blog or email.


Come back on MONDAY, September 29th, to see who wins
(Zack will be drawing the name).


Best wishes, and please feel free to share this
on your blog,
your Facebook,
Twitter,
and your Facebook beading groups.





  1. Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.

72 comments:

  1. Wow, I'm the first commentator. Does that mean I win the book too. I've been thinking of using odd things as findings lately, so this would be handy

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  2. What a lovely book!

    mary@govaars.us

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  3. Please pick me! Thank you! Mitzie@NeedfulLuxuries.com

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  4. I've just splurged and bought two jewelry tutorial books ( brings my total to three by people I know via the fb bead groups, plus one more that I'm fairly sure I know them via a pseudonym >.< )

    This was one of the books I was arguing with myself over, and in the end it came down to two wire based books, since that is my current thing to master... totally should've got one wire book and this one, though.. give myself something different to run to when my joints refuse to bend another piece of wire >.< lol

    Maybe it was meant to be though... maybe I was meant to see this and enter.. ;)

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  5. Would love a chance to put this under the Christmas tree for ME :) Thanks, Lori!

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  6. As my daughter would say- "pick me, pick me"!
    It would be awesome to win this book!

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  7. I am so excited about this book! I've loved hearing about it in several different blogs around. Even if I don't win this, I know I'm going to seek it out for sure. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win it.

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  8. Oh I've heard great things about this book thanks for the chance to win!

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  9. Looks very interesting. I often think about doing something with my grandmother's or mother's things...

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  10. What fun! I'm always looking for finding new and innovative ideas to use to make designs interesting and different! This book looks like creative candy!

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  11. As if I wasn't unconventional enough, this would give me TONS of new ideas.

    Thanks, LORI!

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  12. I would love to win this beautiful book! Thanks for having the giveaway!

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  13. I would LOVE to own this book, it really fits into the direction I've been going with my jewelry.

    Jackie
    wadham97@aol.com

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  14. I hear ya Lori....I can't tell you how many "orphans" of sets I have laying around comforting each other...lol...This would really make my orphans happy and give me some idea's on what to do with them....


    So Zack.....pull my name...lol

    Veralynne
    maloneve@gmail.com

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  15. I would love having the chance to win this book. Zack, please pick me!! Lori I am so glad you are feelng up to hosting this giveaway. Thank you!

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  16. I would love having the chance to win this book. Zack, please pick me!! Lori I am so glad you are feelng up to hosting this giveaway. Thank you!

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  17. This book is on my list! A fabulous concept and so many fantastic designers! :)

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  18. This looks like a fun book.

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  19. This looks like a wonderful book, and i have added it to my wish list! Thank you for the chance to win it!


    karenra1@cox.net

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  20. What wonderful fun this would be, indeed!

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  21. Truly inspirational! Would love to win! Thanks Lori for doing these giveaways!

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  22. I would love to win this book---it sounds so interesting and fun. Thanks so much for the opportunity! Lynn Carling (lecarling@verizon.net)

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  23. What a great giveaway!

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  24. What a great giveaway!

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  25. I really enjoy working with unusual items in my jewelry, so this is right up my alley. I already have it on my list so it would be wonderful to win it. Thanx for the chance to win it.

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  26. Woops forgot to add b(dot)pancakebeads(at)gmail(dot)com to my comment a moment ago.

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  27. This is a book that is on my 'to buy' list and I would love to win it! And even though it will lowery chances, I am sharing it on Pinterest

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  28. Wow, what an awesome concept! Thank you for giving this book away--that will be one lucky person. I have been eyeing this one myself. Gina H---ghockett88@gmail.com

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  29. Fun book! Just what I always need help with...

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  30. would love to win this book , i love using things for purposes other than was intended. I just finished a necklace and i used a flattened, hammered, then domed hardware store copper washer for a toggle loop and for the bar i used a curved tube bead with a wrapped loop at the centre to string it in place. works like a charm. I think I am ready for this book.
    deb4tin at gmail dot com

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  31. Hey Zack Man.....pick me, pick me! ;)

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  32. This book looks so awesome - thanks for the chance to win.

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  33. This is a book I need to add to my library. Thanks for the chanceto win it!

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  34. What a terrific book! I would so love to win. Zack I am the one!

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  35. Lori, I would love to win.This book it's probably just what I need for this "Creative slowdown" I am living now.
    Thank you!

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  36. Would love to win a new book...could use some motivation

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  37. Great review Lori! This book really sounds fantastic as I have always enjoyed using findings in fun and unique ways. I would absolutely love to win a copy-thanks for the giveaway!

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  38. I bought the ebook as soon as I saw it! But I wish I had the real deal to curl up with. I spend too much time looking at this screen. . .where did all the books go? I could stand to win this one!

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  39. Did I leave a comment? I meant to. . .I typed it. . .Where did it go? This book is wonderful. I bought the ebook as soon as I saw the first review. But I would LOVE to have a REAL copy to curl up with!!! Great review!

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  40. What a interesting book. Thanks for hosting a giveaway.
    ~cryssT

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  41. Hi Lori, I am interrsted in your drawing, thanks for the opportunity.
    Jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com
    Jasvanti_patel@yahoo.com

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  42. Thanks for the opportunity. This book would be huge inspiration for anyone. The choice and variety of artists included is outstanding.
    'would love to win!

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  43. Great review, Lori! Now I really want to win ;)
    Pick me Zack, big happy wave from Down Under!

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  44. Who wouldn't want to win that book? I'm not sure if you ship to Canada or not (I couldn't find it mentioned above) but if you do I'd love to have my name in the draw.

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  45. Hi Lori,
    I would like to enter the book giveaway, thank you or the opportunity.
    Jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com

    Jasvanti_patel@yahoo.com

    Thank you!!!

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  46. Pick me, pick Me, Pick Me!

    Fezzk@hotmail.com

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  47. I would love to have the findings book!

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  48. Would Love to get my hands on this book!

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  49. This book is right up my alley! I love to *MacGyver* jewelry findings and components in different ways. Would love to win this.
    rhemmie2825@gmail.com

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  50. This book is right up my alley. I love to *MacGyver* findings and components. I would to win this.
    rhemmie2825@gmail.com

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  51. I would love to learn some new techniques and use findings in new and unusual ways. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  52. This books looks amazing. I love the use of unexpected things in clever ways. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  53. This book looks amazing. I love using unexpected things in clever ways. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  54. I'd love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

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  55. this book looks so interesting, thnx for the chance!

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  56. I would love to have this book in my collection. ccrider200607@gmail.com

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  57. Lori,

    Thanks for hosting another book giveaway. Would love to win this one. The reviews have been great.

    Carolyn
    Carolynscreations@live.com

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  58. Cool book! :) Here's my email: zenithjade AT yahoo DOT com.

    <3,
    Andrea

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  59. I'd love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

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  60. Thanks Lori; Please add me to the list of bloggers who want this book. Your review just made me want it more. I'd love to win your give away. wirednan13(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  61. I so want to win this! Thanks! mitziec@verizon.net

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  62. I would love to win this book. I have all my mismatched findings and would really be able to put this book to use. Hey Zach pick me pick me!!!

    Cindi T
    muttilouthomas@gmail.com

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  63. I've been DYING! to get the unexpected findings book! It looks awesome!

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  64. Always enjoy clever creativity. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  65. I hope I'm not too late to comment on this one. The layering is wonderful. Thank you, as always, for the opportunity.

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  66. I like this book! I am due for a new book for my library..Thanks Lori for another chance to win a great book!

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  67. Lori, what a sweet giveaway! I always love new ideas on how to use findings, etc. Thank you!
    Bev

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  68. Lori, what a sweet giveaway! I always love new ideas on how to use findings, etc. Thank you!
    Bev
    (sorry this may be a duplicate)

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  69. I haven't added a new book to my beading and jewelry making library in a very long time, this looks like it would be a good addition ! thank you for the chance to win it!

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  70. This is such a great book! I would love to add it to my collection.

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