Back in March 2010, I had the great pleasure of taking Barbara's Painting with Fire Workshop. That one workshop pretty much completely changed my jewelry designing outlook! I totally fell in love with the technique and immediately started incorporating my enameled components into my designs.
|Some of my 1st enamel attempts!|
This past July, I was thrilled to be able to take a 2nd class - "Enamel Explorations" This class took everything a step further. We painted beads with liquid enamels, used decals, stenciling and much more!
|The master at work!|
Imagine my excitement, when Barbara asked me to participate in this virtual book tour! I am so honored to be a part of this celebration of such a fabulous book! And believe me, the book is fabulous! The projects are unique and inviting and include a wide array of techniques and styles. There is something for everyone here. Barbara incorporates lots of fibers and other components in the projects, which give the pieces a wonderful organic feel. My review? You need this book!
I had tried my hand at stacking some enameled components using cold connections, so I was eager to try Barbara's "heat rivet" techniques. These are some very cute charms I created for last month's ArtBLISS charm swap using this technique. The base of these are old copper pennies! I think they were a hit!
I was immediately drawn to some of the other "stacked" component projects...especially the Sprout bracelet on page 37. Here is my version of that project...another thing I love about this book and the projects is that there are clear instructions for creating the exact piece on the page, but they are written in such a way that the reader can figure out how to revise and embellish to make the project their very own...I hope I was able to do that here!
Would you like to win some earrings? These are cool long brass beads I enameled with clover pink and mandarin orange to create this cool peachy color! They are embellished with Czech glass flowers, copper and hand wrought sterling earwires!
Here's how to win them...There are prizes throughout the book tour plus a grand prize at the end! The more you spread the excitement, the more chances you have to win some of the goodies our bloggers are giving away!
1. Leave a comment on this post and become a follower = 1 chance.
2. Tweet, facebook or blog about the giveaway and leave a comment at this post: the original Virtual Book Tour post = 1 additional chance.
3. While you're at Barbara's Blog, if you become a follower or say that you're already a follower in your comment = 1 additional chance.
So, you can earn up to three chances per giveaway. A winner will be selected by 10 p.m. eastern time and be announced the following day. You can check back at Barbara's blog for the name of the winner or at any other of the participating blogs.
So you don't miss out on any of the blog posts, here is the list of hosts for you to follow:
October 6, Mary Jane Dodd
October 7, Gaea Cannaday
October 8, Linda Larsen
October 10, Andrew Thornton
October 11, Lori Plyler
October 12, Diane Cook
October 13, Lori Anderson
October 14, LeAnn Weih
October 15, Jen Judd Velasquez
October 17, Melissa Meman (that's me! yay!)
October 18, Lisa Crone
October 19, Shannon LeVart
October 20, Cindy Wimmer
October 21, Laura Twiford
October 22, Erin Prais-Hintz
October 24, Jennifer Cameron
P.S. Unfortunately, the giveaways are restricted to U.S. residents. Winners should contact Barbara with their name and address through her author website: www.torchfiredenameljewelry.com so that you can receive your prizes!
To thank you for following along, Barbara is offering a BONUS PRIZE at the end of the book tour! All of the entries will be included in the drawing for a kit containing all the elements of "Floral Cascade," one of the projects in the book. You'll receive everything you need to make the necklace, including the chain, jump rings, clasp, enamel beads, and head pins!
But that's not all! Really? Seriously? Seriously.