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Book review and giveaway: Beautiful Bracelets By hand

I am so excited to be able to share with you about a beautiful new book by Jade Gedeon, called Beautiful Bracelets By Hand.  In it you will find 223 pages of awesomeness, starting slam bang with the projects.  Beautiful close-up photos show you how to navigate any of the tricky steps, and a little techniques section in the back will refresh you on the basics you will need, as well as information on the tools and materials.

I really like the way the book is organized, according to the main material being featured in the bracelet.  There are eight major sections, including beads, bits and pieces, chain, fabric and cord, leather, metal, plastic, and wood.  There is some overlap between categories, of course, but I think you'll be very pleased with the organization, and how skills you'll come across early on will pop back up in later projects.  This would be a great book for someone who wanted to branch into additional areas of jewelry making, perhaps after having gotten started with basic stringing.  Both beginners and intermediates are sure to find lots of projects with immediate appeal!

Now, here's the really good news...the publisher has made one of the projects from the book available for you (posted below) AND, they are offering a giveaway of one copy as well!  Sign up for the giveaway and check out the sample're gonna want this book!


Would you like to win a copy of this book? Here's what you need to do...please read this carefully. This giveaway is being limited to the US and apologies to readers from other countries.  Leave me a comment here and include your email address. No email address, no win.  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: December 16, 2014  

Lace Cuff 
New or repurposed, lace of any sort makes a pretty piece. We picked vintage
and antique metallic weaves to give this ladylike bracelet a little edge and a good
pop of glam.

• Two 7" (17.8 cm) lengths of lace ribbon (we
used 2¼" [5.7 cm]-wide ribbon)
• Bias tape
• Four 19x5mm ribbon crimp ends
• Two 4x6mm jump rings, 18 gauge
• Two 10mm jump rings, 18 gauge
• Two 12x6mm lobster clasps
• Scissors
• Chain-nose pliers
• Flat-nose pliers
• Nylon-jaw pliers
• Hot glue gun 

1. Big wrist? Small wrist? Wrap ribbon around your wrist so it is slightly loose.
Trim so there is about a ½-inch (1.3 cm) gap between the ends. Cut your bias
tape about ½ inch (1.3 cm) longer than your ribbon width.

2. Fold the excess bias tape into itself and crease. Do this on the top and bottom

3. Since you’ll be using HOT glue, take care not to burn yourself. Press any
edges down with a piece of card or a spoon rather than your fingers unless you
don’t mind a blister or three. Now that we are clear on that, with a few dots of hot
glue, stick the top and bottom folds down. Sandwich your ribbon edge in between
the folds of the bias tape. Apply a few small dots of glue and fold and press
(again with a card or something without nerves) the bias tape over the ribbon.

4. Center the ribbon crimp on the bias tape. With a pair of nylon-jaw pliers, firmly
close the crimp onto the ribbon. Attach a 10mm jump ring to one end. Attach the
lobster clasp with a 4x6mm jump ring to the opposite end.

5. Make another. That way one wrist won’t be jealous.

Images and instructions are reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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Robbie said…
Wow!! Sign me up!
Sue said…
It looks like a wonderful book. Please sign me up too. Thanks.
Genevieve said…
Cyndi, this looks like an awesome book! I'm not doing as much jewelry making as I used to, but I've decided it's time to use up some of my stash. Sounds like a great book for that! :)
gcrabe at mac dot com
Ronda Walker said…
Great book for a beginner like me.
Cynthia said…
I am "bracelet challenged", so this book would be a great help! Thanks for the chance to win.
cynthiariggs58 at
Jessica Manion said…
Unknown said…
Awesome giveaway! Thank you for the chance!
I would so love to win this book. It looks amazing. Thanks for the giveaway. My email address is

I already posted a comment but forgot to add my email address could you delete that one please and thank you. So sorry.
Anonymous said…
I love beading and I love books!! Perfect match!!
Anonymous said…
Looks like an amazing book! Pretty please count me in! Thanks!

Angi Mullis
Robin Coxon said…
I love making bracelets and this book looks as if it could be a great one to find new ideas.
Unknown said…
Thanks for the opportunity of winning "Beautiful Bracelets By Hand"!! It looks like a really good learning tool. I'd be overjoyed to have it. Have a blessed Christmas and New Year. Thank you!!
Unknown said…
I also added a comment on my Facebook regarding the contest.
Unknown said…
Always love your site! And nothing I love more than a BEADING BOOK! Thanks, Cyndi!

Karin at
Would love a chance to win this. Thank you!
Thanks a lot for the great review. Looks like an awesome book. Please enter me in the giveaway. My email is
Holly said…
This looks like a great book!
Thanks for a chance to win it! Holly
greeneyed_holly at yahoo dot com
looks like an awesome book! I would sure love to win it!
Unknown said…
I am always looking for new inspiration for my jewelry projects, and this book looks like it is chock full of great inspo and beautiful projects!
Unknown said…
Thanks for your kindness in allowing someone to own and share your incredible art secrets. this opportunity comes at challenging time of my life so, it's a wonderful chance. I love your work. please sign me up. GBY.