Friday, May 28, 2010

BBG #3: Crystal Brilliance

Beadweaver's third book in the Big Book Giveaway is a new title from Kalmbach Publishers and the editors at Bead & Button Magazine: Crystal Brilliance.

Written by Anna Elizabeth Draeger, Crystal Brilliance showcases the breathtaking hues of Swarovski Elements. Featuring 26 projects plus creative variations on the designs, beaders can choose their style: Classic, Romantic, Geometric, or Organic. A basics section is included so beginners can quickly develop their skills with confidence.
As with all Kalmbach jewelry-making books, Crystal Brilliance features clear, color photos with step by step instructions to guide the beader through the projects.
I really like this book. What's wonderful is the combination of images plus the graphic step-by-step instructions plus the written instructions. This appeals to all styles of learning which makes it a great book for all levels of beadweavers. I also love the designs in this book. This book is a tough one for me to part with!

You can purchase your own copy of Crystal Brilliance from Kalmbach publishers by clicking on the title above (and see what readers are saying!). OR you can join my email list to win a copy of your own!

Enter To Win
To enter to win a copy of this book, please sign up for my email newsletter by Tuesday, June 1st at midnight. The drawing will take place on Wednesday, June 2nd, 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, June 1st (Tuesday next week!)

For any questions about Beadweaver's Big Book Giveaway, please read the comments below for the FAQs. Good Luck! And stay tuned, there are TWO more titles to come!

Visit Anna on her blog at the Kalmbach Website:
Ask Anna

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

BBG #2: And The Winner Is...

And the winner for the second book in Beadweaver's Big Book Giveaway is Kaypasa!

Congratulations!

She's won a copy of Metalworking 101 for Beaders from Lark Books!!!

Many, many thanks to Ray Hemachandra and Lark Books for sending us this great book to review and give away! It's a beautiful book and if you haven't yet, be sure to check out last week's review as well as author Candie Cooper's Website.

Next up.... a lovely *very sparkly* new book from Kalmbach....stay tuned for the third book in Beadweaver's Big Book Giveaway!

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

Monday, May 10, 2010

And The Winner Is....

The winner for the first of Beadweaver's Big Book Giveaway is.......

Adorningthebride!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!

She/he wins a copy of Your Seed Bead Style: Accents, Embellishments, and Adornments!

Congratulations!!!!

Many thanks to Kalmbach Publishers and the Bead and Button team for sending us this great book to review and give away. It's a lovely book and one I'm sure Adorningthebride will have great fun with!

Stay tuned for the next book in Beadweaver's Big Book Giveaway....You won't want to miss this one! :) (Hint: It's also great new book from Lark Books)

*Beadweaver's Big Book Giveaway is a month long series of drawings for five just-released books on beading - all fabulous books and each one is a surprise.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Your Seed Bead Style: Accents, Embellishments, Adornments

From Kalmbach Publishers - Your Seed Bead Style: Accents, Embellishments, Adornments brings beaders fresh ideas for a range of tastes. With whimsical project names like "Let's Twist Again" and "Pearl Orbit" by Laura McCabe, this book is ideal for intermediate-level beaders looking for unusual jewelry elements to add to their seed bead work.

The book features a range of techniques and stitches including peyote, herringbone, square stitch, bead embroidery, tatting, and right angle weave. Clear photos with step by step instruction guide the reader through each project. There are 31 projects in all - so many to choose from! The chapters are divided into themes which include: Crystlas and Glass; Pearls and Shells; Metals; Gemstones; and Fibers; and help to guide the beader in their interests.

Amongst my favorite projects in this book are the Picture Perfect Cuffs by Stella Broughton which teach you how to incorporate cabs with imagery into a bead embroidered theme and Hardware Embellishment by Caren Schwartz which combines chain, washers, nuts, and carabiners with seed beads to form an unusual necklace! I also love the Pearl Orbit bracelet by Laura McCabe and the Flowers and Lace piece by Lesley Weiss. To be honest, I really can't choose because they are all good for different reasons - lots of great projects and techniques in this one!

Your Seed Bead Style is available at bookshops now or can be ordered directly from Kalmbach Publishers by clicking on the title above or calling 1-800-533-6644. You can also preview the table of contents and a portion of the book by clicking HERE for the 1.5mb PDF.

To enter to win a copy of this book, please sign up for my email newsletter by Sunday, May 9th at midnight. The drawing will take place on Monday, May 10th, 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 9th.

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

The Big Book Giveaway is Here!

This week I am starting the first of five Big Book Giveaways! Each week I will feature one book by a well known bead artist and publisher. To enter to win a copy of the book, you must sign up for my "Get Posts by eMail" to the left. If you are already on my Get Posts by eMail list, you don't need to enter twice. Once you sign up, you are automatically entered for all upcoming drawings. It's great because you will also get an announcement of who the winners are for any one drawing (in case you forget to check back).

Up first: Your Seed Bead Style: Accents, Embellishments, and Adornments by Kalmbach Publishers. Later today I will post the first book in the Big Book Giveaway, so stay tuned! There are great projects in this one!!!