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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