Thursday, October 24, 2013

winner of "The Missing Link"

Please take a trip to to see if you won a book!

The winner of my journal goes to Cassie Renee...send me your address and you' able to start drawing your designs!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

"The Missing Link" Book Tour Stops HERE Today!

I'm so happy to have been asked to participate in helping Cindy Wimmer bring her book, "The Missing Link", to fruition.  It seems like years since we tossed ideas across dinner, and now she's created the MUST HAVE book for anyone who want to learn wire techniques as well as those who are already wire fanatics.

I have two pieces in the book using several links taught by Cindy.  I used copper and bronze and learned a LOT.  I was very nervous about being in a book that centers on wire.  While I love wire, I distinctly remember the first time I met Cindy.... she was wearing a long, amazing necklace, very similar to the one on the cover of her book.

I constantly want to steal everything she makes, but this particular necklace just always drew me in. With this book, I'll be able to use my favorite hoarded beads and make my own necklace.  The beauty of wire is it often has a mind of its own, so even though I'll be following Cindy's instructions, chances are my piece will be quite different than hers.

Case in point -- some of my first trials.  Below are examples of what happens when you use a smaller gauge wire and create a larger frame than defined, as well as what a link looks like when it's hammered versus left alone:

Both of these links are MUCH larger than your link will be if you follow Cindy's instructions. It's also an excellent example of why you should buy the book and not try to guess and try to reproduce from the photos you'll see throughout the book tour.  Cindy has it down to a science, from the exact gauge that works to the exact measurement to turn your pliers.  Now, this doesn't mean you can't experiment.  Obviously, as shown above, I did.  I'm not at all happy with my first experiments BUT, I plan to wrap them with tiny gemstones and work them into another design. Win/win.

Some links lend themselves well to adjusting gauge.  In this example, I made the same link but with different gauges.  Depending upon the size of jewelry you're making, you'll find that many of Cindy's links are easily adaptable.  You can also play with oxidation or leaving the metal raw.

I'll leave you to look through Cindy's book to see the necklace and charm bracelet I made, but I'll show you another necklace I made using several of her creative links, using polymer clay components from Barbara Bechtel of Second Surf. (click for a larger photo)

Now here comes the fun!  

Each of the reviewers will be giving away a copy of Cindy's book.  
All winners will be announced on Cindy's site on October  21st

If you leave a comment on each of the reviewer's blogs, 
you get that many more chances to win a book!

In addition, I'm giving away a journal for you to sketch out all the ideas I know will be bursting out of your head when you read Cindy's book!  I'll also announce the winner around the 21st.

Please visit each blog this week to see some amazing work,
inspirations, and don't forget to comment for the giveaway!

Oct. 15 -  Cindy Wimmer 

Oct. 16 -  Tracy Statler  {Make Bracelets}

Oct. 17 -  Lori Anderson  {Pretty Things}  (here!)

Oct. 18 -  Kerry Bogert  {Kabs Concepts}

Oct. 19 -  Diane Cook  {rosa & josies}

      and     Heather Powers {Art Bead Scene}

Oct. 20 -  Christine Damm  {Stories They Tell}

Oct. 21 -  Cindy Wimmer  {all winners announced here!}

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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.

Things are going to change....

I haven't been around much, but I've been keeping up with things as I can.  There are some exciting things on the horizon...My first craft show in a YEAR is this weekend; Cindy Wimmer's Book Blog Tour kicked off today; a new blogging eBook coming out.  For fun, the Anderson family now owns a tandem bike (for Rick and Zack) and I got a retro pink Schwinn.  Yep, I'm getting a basket.  No, not getting tassels. Yes, my bell is cool, with a pink peace sign on it.  I can't wait to be strong enough to take it grocery shopping.


I haven't made a ton of jewelry, but what I've made, I feel, has taken me over the bar a little bit.  Not everything. But more and more I'm making things for aesthetic beauty and sentimental reasons without boxing myself in due to the cost of the beads I use.  Of COURSE I pay attention to demographics and their price points, and my booth isn't going to suddenly be filled with mega-watt designs, but I'm determined to break out of a few molds.  There for a while, I *seriously * considered selling the business.  But it's not just about the jewelry, or just me.  More on that some other day.

Zack will soon be offering his resin pendants in his Etsy store, so stay tuned!  We're planning to load it up all at once and shout (swinging a bar through a triangle), "Come and get it!"  Plus the awesome guys at PJ  Tool & Jewelry Design sent me an amazing kit I know you'll love.....Bezel Effects !  As always, there will be a giveaway of their goodies, and OH, I need to show you their new soft-strike aluminum.  I work with kids and stamping and these new blanks are terrific!

When my show is over in two weeks, I have a list.  Sorting LEGO kits while watching movies is high on that list.  Knitting.  Doing some more intensive, creative jewelry design.  Lighting up my torch again.  Starting Zack on piano is another.  And always in the background....writing.  I'm writing, Zack's writing with many things planned, but only one thing at a time, and no guilt if I have to nap.

Medically, things may have taken a sharp 180 and I'm kind of starting all over again.  I'm going through acupuncture, physical therapy, and yet more new doctors, but more on that once I get a final answer.  Tired of the "we think it's...." garbage.  For now, I'm allowing myself to rest on the bad days and enjoy the hell out of the good ones.

Things are happening.  

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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.
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