Thursday, May 13, 2010

BBG: Metalworking 101 for Beaders

Beadweaver is pleased to announce the second book in it's Big Book Giveaway, a wonderful book from Lark Books: Metalworking 101 for Beaders: Create Custom Findings, Pendants & Projects by Candie Cooper.

"Candie Cooper, the author of Felted Jewelry and a contributor to numerous jewelry titles, has written an accessible, well-written, and concise guide to basic metalworking techniques keyed especially toward beginning to intermediate beaders who want to make jewelry."

Metalworking 101 for Beaders is a well organized project book that is perfect for the beader interested in beginning metalsmithing techniques. The book is organized into 5 sections: Metals, Tools & Materials, Basic Metalworking Techniques, Jewelry, and Templates. It begins with discussing the types of metals used for the projects and progresses to the tools you'll need for your bench (and to complete the projects). For the techniques section, Candie reviews the very basics such as sawing, filing, and forming. The project section pulls together the various techniques and tools to fabricate findings. Finally, Candie offers her own templates for the beginner to use in creating their pieces.

There are 29 projects in all, covering everything from creating bails and unique toggle clasps to forming rings and creating textures. I especially liked the projects focusing on brooches and various ways to create pin backs, which are always a creative challenge. And I loved the project that creates domed earrings and rings from dapped pieces. The basic knowledge gained from these projects will be instrumental to anyone wanting to expand their skills in creating unique jewelry pieces.

As you know, I love Lark Books. They are consistently great books with wonderful graphic illustrations and the content is always pleasing. I think this is a perfect book for the creative beader interested in working with metals but not knowing where or how to get started. Once the basics are mastered, beaders may wish to look elsewhere for in-depth knowledge on the subject of metalsmithing.

Metalworking 101 for Beaders is available at bookshops now or can be ordered through Lark Books by clicking on the title above. OR you can enter to win a copy of this book!

To enter to win a copy of this book, please sign up for my email newsletter by Tuesday, May 18th at midnight. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, May 19th, so stay tuned!

How To Enter:
1. If you're on my mailing list, you're automatically entered to win (yay!).
2. If you're not yet on my mailing list, you must subscribe (you can always unsubscribe later). Follow this link to sign up and enter: Beadweaver Mailing List
3. Be sure to check your email to confirm that you've signed up.
4. Deadline to enter is Midnight, May 18th (Tuesday next week!)

For any questions about the Big Book Giveaway, please read the comments below for the FAQs. Good Luck!

Visit Candie on her blog or website:
Candie Cooper's Website
Candie Cooper's Blog

1 comment:

SuzyQ said...

And now for the FAQs:
*How will you draw the winner?* I recently discovered & use a service that randomly chooses a randomly assigned number: random.org

* Will you post my private email address on your blog?* No. Only the lead name of the winning email address will be announced (the name before the @).

*I signed up but Feedburner asked me to verify my request. What do I do?* You must verify your email address. Feedburner will send an email to the address you gave it. Please respond to this email request to activate your subscription. You can deactivate it at any time too.

*Will I get advertisements or spam by signing up for your posts by email?* No. You will only get my Beadweaver blog posts by email when you sign up for this list. That's it. And I will never share it with anyone either.

*If I win, do I have to pay for shipping?* No. I'll send it to you via our U.S. postal service.

*I live in Timbuktu. Can I enter?* Yes. As long as you have a reasonable postal service available to you that does business with our postal service, chances are I can get it there.

*Why do I have to sign up for an email service?* Because it is the simplest way I have of contacting you and keeping your email and identity private. You can always unsubscribe.

*What if I don't want to be entered to win this book but I want to be on your email list?* You can either send me an email now and I will remove you from the tally for this book or you can wait to see if you won before letting me know. I usually pick a sequence of random numbers in case the winner has dropped out of sight.