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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Book review and giveaway: Beautiful Leather Jewelry

Have you ever considered leather as a jewelry-making material?  I mean, aside from using it occasionally for a necklace strap or rawhide bracelet?  Whether you've thought about it or not, you might be interested to know that Melissa Cable has been doing a lot more than thinking.  In fact, she's written a new book, Beautiful Leather Jewelry just for those who've been looking for something new.

Before my copy of this book arrived, I found myself thinking, "Ok, fine.  Some rustic looking jewelry (which I like, by the way) and some stuff made from leather straps.  Whatever."  I want to tell you I was totally wrong.  Oh yeah, some of the projects are rustic looking, but many are elegant, classic, ethnic, and even futuristic.  I'm not joking.  There is a necklace that looks like something out of a Star Wars adventure.

As much as you'll be tempted to jump right into the projects, I would definitely suggest reading through the introductory material first.  Most of us don't know as much about leather as we'll need to in order to get the most out of our making time.  Then, it's on to cuffs, pendants, collars, rings, necklaces, earrings, and even BEADS!  Yup, my life is now complete :-)


Would you like to win a free copy of this book? 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: February 12, 2014  

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Kathryn said...

I have a stash of leather and I would love more ideas for how to use it in jewelry designs ! blueridgediva@gmail.com

heather27410 said...

Thank you for this fabulous giveaway!!! Leather rocks in jewelry!!!

OksanaB said...

Looks like a great book!
Love to win: oksanai1@mail.ru

OksanaB said...

Posted about the giveaway on my Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/oksana.beadsncrafts

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

I love leather (or any fibre) inclusions, Cyndi :) Please include me in your draw! I'm at monurquhart(at)hotmail(dot)com

Have you seen these lovely leather inclusions by Israel's HM Creative?


ACBeads said...

I'd love to win this book.

ACBeads said...

I've shared the giveaway on my Facebook.

A. Marie said...

Leather is fun to work with. I've been learning different techniques over the summer, but when it comes to jewelry it's been all adaptation for me. I'd love to see the books suggestions and am adding it to my reading list. Thank you for the chance to win it. Fromthebreathofdaydreams at gmail dot com.

Veralynne Malone said...

Would love the chance to expand my jewelry talents! I do have some leather around I don't know what to do with...Thanks

maloneve at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to try this book! Pretty please count me in! Thanks!

Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

Zan Caperton said...

I would absolutely love to win this book. I have lots of leather that I need to do something with (Don't all of us beady types have stashes of stuff that we want to do something with?).

Thanks for another great giveaway offer!


Zan Caperton said...

I pinned this giveaway offer:


TerriSue said...

Thank you for the chance.
lovebirdmom at gmail dot com

Shaiha said...

I would love to learn to use more leather! Please enter me.


Shaiha said...

I shared on FB.



diamondix said...

Thank you for another chance to win a fabulous book. I have never worked with leather in jewelry making and this one looks like a winner. Please thank the author also for this opportunity. Dixie Ann Scott - diamondix14@gmail.com

craftcast said...

Melissa is amazing. She comes up with such great idea. There is a video class for sale at www.craftcast.com where she shows you lots of tips and tricks with working with leather. I'm totally inspired!!!!

Tracee Dock - The Classic Bead said...

I have heard this is a great book! I prefer to curl up with a book and study than scour the internet for ideas so consider me in on this drawing!! I would love it.
tracee dock

kobz68 said...

Whoop! Giveaways! 😊
thanks for this~


kobz68 said...

I shared this on my Facebook and Twitter! :)

KayzKreationz said...

This looks like a great book. I love leather and want to learn how to use it more.


KayzKreationz said...

Just tweeted about your review and giveaway.



Anonymous said...

Have not worked with leather too much would love to win this ..Carolhettenbach@msn.com

Divaintraining said...

I've done everything with leather BUT jewelry-would love to give it a try!

Carolyn Turner said...

I have worked with beads and leather before, quit a bit actually. I made moccasins and mukluks for years with beadwork on them. But I have never incorporated leather with jewelry. I have thought about it a great deal, just never got around to it. I think this might just be the nudge to get me going in this direction with my jewelry. Hope I win. Thanks for the opportunity.
Carolyn Turner

Kristen said...

This book looks very interesting! Thanks for the giveaway.

Kristen said...

posted on my facebookpage


CraftyHope said...

This looks like a fabulous book to add to my collection. Thanks for the opportunity!
CraftyHope at gmail dot com

CraftyHope said...

I posted about it on my FB page! https://www.facebook.com/CraftyHopeJewelry

CraftyHope at gmail dot com

Christina Miles said...

Oooh, something new to learn. I would love to win this beautiful book of leather. I have a small stash of leather strips and it would be great to learn new ideas of what I can create with them. I shared on twitter and fb.

christinads at gmail dot com

Christina Miles said...

Just shared...




Andra said...

Wow what an awesome looking book. Thank you for the chance to win it.

Lrcreations said...

This book looks like it has beautiful projects,i would love to win this book so i can create some new and wondrful pieces.Thank you for the chance to enter.

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