Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Book Review & Giveaway: New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry

New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry: Unexpected Combinations, Unique Designs is written by the effervescent jewelry designer and blogger Margot Potter (North Light Books $24.99 US; $28.99 CAN).

This is Margot's 6th book she's written.  Margot has over 20 years of creative experience under her belt. Just like her other books, this book too, is packed full of projects, techniques and tips.  There are 30 projects in this book each with up close color photos to guide you along your creative beading journey. 

There are 5 different chapters: Foundations, Wrapped, Crocheted and Coiled Shaping Wire Designs; Thinking in 3-D, Woven Beading Wire Designs; Sculptural Concepts, Complex Dimensional Shaping Wire and Bead Designs; Architectural Exploration, Complex Dimensional Beading Wire and Bead Designs; and The Fifth Dimension, Combining Beading and Shaping Wire Designs.

One of my favorite projects is in Chapter One's FOUNDATIONS: Wrapped, Crocheted and Coiled Shaping Wire Designs: ARACHNE featuring a antique skeleton key which hangs from a delicate crocheted black wire chain. Although it's meant to look primitive and imperfect when it's combined with the crocheted wire this gives it an elegance as well.

Another favorite is in Chapter Fours's ARCHITECTURAL EXPLORATION: Complex Dimensional Beading Wire and Bead Designs: AMPHITITE.  Here Margot shows you how to design the Amphitite featuring a fishnet pattern using silver pleated beading, sparkling crystal connections and fringe-like tendrils she calls "fringles" to add dimension and kinetic moment to this sparkling piece.

Whether your wanting to learn beading for the first time, but were afraid to take that first step or you've already tried your hand at beading Margot's book New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry: Unexpected Combinations, Unique Designs is the perfect book for you!

I'm thrilled to announce that I have a copy of Margot's new book New Dimensions in Bead and Wire Jewelry: Unexpected Combinations, Unique Designs to offer as a giveaway!

Simply leave a comment here telling me what creative endeavors you like to do, along with your name and email.  If you post about this giveaway on your blog you will also have an additional entry, but please make sure you comment again with the link back to your post.

Happy Creating!

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm trying to get started making jewelry. I am a scrapbooker and I've been looking for something new to add to my crafty projects and I think I would love to make necklaces and bracelets. This book would be great!


  2. Love the site and I am just getting startedand the inspiration is wonderful

  3. I am learning how to make jewelry. This book would be a great way to learn some techniques.
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

  4. I love Margot Potter's books! I've been creating jewelry for a long time and would love to add this book to my collection. It would be easier to list what crafts I don't do! Please include donnell2001 at live dot com to the drawing. Thanks!

  5. I think I have 1 or 2 of her other books somewhere in this mess I call a studio! This looks like a great book.

  6. My daughter and I LOVE to get our craft on and lately we've really been into jewelry making. We'd love to explore Potter's new book :-)

  7. oops I forgot to leave my email:

  8. This looks like a great book. I am always looking for new beading adventures to help me grow as an artist.

  9. I would love to learn more wire bending with 3d effects thankyou for your generosity and such a lovely blog aka Ina Good

  10. nothing like a new book to get the muse rolling again!

  11. ,,,I have such a variety of * what takes me away *.. i cross stitch w/ beads.. make beaded bracelets, tat, and much more.. thanks for the opportunity..

  12. I love making stamps and then cards :)

  13. Shoot I almost missed this! I'm just learning all the different art mediums. I would luv to win this book, count me in!