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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Book review and giveaway: The Jewelry Architect

This book on mixed media jewelry design, The Jewelry Architect by Kate McKinnon, has a secret...it has a DVD included!  Woot!!  Kate has arranged the book into chapters based upon the primary medium being used in the pieces.  It is a heavily project-driven book, but there is an intro to each new topic and also an excellent section at the very end which covers basic skills needed.  Since this is mixed media, there are quite a few skills covered just as there are chapters: stringing, beadwork, wire, and metalwork.

One of my favorite things includes a very cool sculptural S hook that adds metal clay to the wire.  I also found myself wishing that I were into rings, but Kate includes a bunch of very very striking designs to try.  The stringing projects are like nothing you've seen before...they include felting, bead weaving, and wired elements.  My very most favorite thing though, is that gorgeous bracelet on the cover, called a Riverbed Bracelet with a Garden Gate Clasp.  The directions are on page 57 in case someone wants to make it for me!

Would you like to win a free copy of this book and DVD?  Here's what you need to do...please read this carefully.  Leave me a comment here and include your email address.  If I don't see your email address, I won't be able to contact you.  No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person.  You are welcome to spell it out if you'd prefer, for example, cyndi at mazeltovjewelry dot com.  If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice!  Deadline: July 31, 2013.

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Naomi Rose Designs said...

Oooh! Sounds like MY kinda book!
Thank you!

Blaize Rockett said...

It looks like there are some new techniques in here that I would love to try.

spiritedblaize at gmaildotcom

Pepita said...

And my kind of book, too :-)
pepita.handmade (at) yahoo.com

frightnightman said...

I love the beadwork of Kate McKinnon!
Her beaded shapes are fabulous! I am sure this book is just what I need to help me achieve the next level of beading artistry!

Cynthia said...

I have seen this book advertised, but have yet to buy it! It really looks like a good one! Thanks for a chance to win it.
cynthiariggs58 at gmail dot com

Heather said...

Yay! This look so cool! I would la la LOVE to win this (amazing!) set! Thanks for the chance to!

heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

Heather said...


heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I am anxious to own aa copy of tthis book to open another avenue for me to explore. robeadeer53@yahoo.com

Heather said...

I love using mixed media in my work, thanks for the chance to win this book.
here is my email address:


Zan Caperton said...

I love project driven books and I really like the looks of this book! Thank you for the giveaway offer. fingers crossed,


Designed by Vera said...

Mixed media...that is one book of info I don't have. I love the bracelet on the cover. Would love to add it to my collection!


Nancy Sopp said...

Way cool!


Whenpigsfly said...

Looks great! chowchillagal@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Would so love to have this big book! Pretty please count me in for this amazing! Thanks

Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

CarrieHovs said...

Architect is the perfect title for what we need to do sometimes. Would love to see this book.

carriehovs at yahoo dot com

KayzKreationz said...

This sounds like an interesting book. Would love to win it.


thea steelen said...

Sounds really interesting...new to beading , looking forward to starting my first project soon..


Anonymous said...

I like to win this book. I begin to make jewelery and I already made some crochet necklace, I love it. I'm sure I can learn new techniques.
I have a question, I'am from Qu├ębec, Canada can I win on your site.

Alicia said...

Sounds like an awesome book.
arienna_elf at hotmail.com

ACBeads said...

If I win, it would be my first book on mixed-media jewellery. Thank you, Cindy, for the opportunity.
Ana Cravidao

ACBeads said...

I've shared in Facebook.


Sue said...

I would love to win this book! Having a DVD with it makes it even better!


Anonymous said...

I am just starting to teach myself beading and am making your blue strung necklace at the moment. The book looks really interesting. I would love to win it.


Gita said...

would love to learn some new techniques!
love from sLOVEnia!

Debbie said...

OMG! What an awesome book! It would be FANTASTIC to win it.

Cyndi L said...

For Debe:
Wonderful op! debeart @ gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Wonderful book! Would really help me, too. I'm so glad to have found this site! rthouse at wowway dot com

Heather said...

I would so love love this book to add to my very small collection. plus it comes with a dvd also to help even more.


Anonymous said...

Oh would love to win this book... Any book that can help me create is worth having.. winning it would be even better Carolhettenbach@msn.com

motidana said...

I would love to win the book ! Wish I`m the lucky one `

Whenpigsfly said...

Looks like great fun! briscoesharon@gmaildotcom

Anonymous said...

Sounds fab, I hope I'm not too late to enter!


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