Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday Feature (and a Giveaway)

Friday Feature? What's that, you ask? Why, thank you, I'd love to tell you all about it.

I am working on my schedule, and I figured having a weekly feature would keep me a bit more accountable.
So, this is me, giving you permission to yell at me when I don't have a Friday Feature. Oh, oh, even better!!
If I don't have a Friday Feature, the first person to email me about it will get a little sumfin' sumfin' from me. A beaded bead, a bracelet, earrings, loose just never know....

And what will be in these Friday Features?
How about some book reviews? Cause ya'll know Christmas is coming up, and we need to put stuff on our Christmas list, so our hubbies will know what to buy us, right? I also have a tutorial to give you, and some incredible designers and shops to share with you.  

For this first Feature Friday, I'm giving you a book review and....wait for it
wait for it.....................................................

A Giveaway!!!!!
(but you already knew that, didn't you?) 

This fab book is by Carles Codina, titled, 'Color, Texture & Casting for Jewelers

I know, I'm not a metalworker. You don't have to rub it in. So what could I possibly tell you about this book?
I may not work in this medium, but I don't need to work metal to see that this is one FINE book to have in your library. The step-by-step images, and clear cut descriptions are a delight, no matter what medium you work.  

I'm sure if you work metal, you've already drooled over this book. The interesting part for me was the techniques explained, such as granulation, keum boo, and mokume gane.

He also demonstrates the proper technique for annealing, and patina. There is a wealth of laymen's knowledge contained in this book to take your metalworking to the next level.

If you want to participate in the giveaway, please put METAL in your comment.
Sharing on other social sites will earn extra entries. If you are a member of Artisan Whimsy, you will receive an extra entry. And yes, you can join and then come back and tell me!
So sorry, but this one will be US only giveaway. I promise I will have more, and will make those open to all.
I will announce the winner next Friday, on the Friday Feature post!!!

Blessings, Shirley

Disclosure: I have received this book from Lark Books for the purposes of review. I have not been compensated, and my opinions are my own.


  1. Fun fun fun for Friday Feature! I need to check out Artisan Whimsy - Kristen told me about it when I met her a few weeks ago!!!

  2. I just got some METAL clay to work with, but haven' t had time yet, since it dries out so fast. Looking forward to trying it.

    1. Kay, Just wanted to let you know, this book does not appear to be for use of metal clay. I could be wrong, but I've looked through it pretty closely, and don't see any metal clay projects.

  3. Just tweeted about your review &giveaway, but for the life of me I can't figure out how to get the URL on my iPad. I'm KayzKreationz on twitter.

  4. Hi, Shirley - I joined your blog. As you know I am a member of Artisan Whimsy. I would like to work with METAL in the future. :-)

  5. What a wonderful giveaway. I am new to metal working and would love to lose myself in this book.


    And I tweeted AND FB'd about this giveaway.

    Did I beg you to pick me yet?? :-)

  7. Looks gorgeous! Don't count me in my maple behind doesn't count but that's ok :) thanks for sharing all the same and I'll be sure to totally bust you if Friday comes and there's no feature :)

  8. I love working in METAL and glass too! I am a happy member of Artisn Whimsy, now if i can just figure out how to get the badge on my blog, hmmmmmmm.

  9. I am a beginning "metal" a book like this would be a wonderful addition to my book shelf! I am a member of Artisan Whimsy

  10. Hi. I am a member of Artisan Whimsey, I am a team leader on the Jewelry Designer Blog Team, in some crazy excitement I joined the Metal Blog Team, but realized I didn't belong there and un-joined myself. Now for the big finish, please consider this your winning comment!!!!!!

  11. The book looks cool... I'm Canadian so ineligible, but that's O.K. I'm swearing off give-aways/contests til next year, as I have been WAAAY too lucky the past 8 months or so.

  12. This book looks great. I love working with METAL! :-)

  13. I love METAL !! And this book looks great. I am also on Artisan Whimsey.

  14. This book looks great. I love working with METAL! :-)

  15. Just began working with metal a few months ago. Not very good at it. Need a lot of practice. The book looks very interesting

  16. Just tweeted about your giveaway & metal on my twitter account under texaspepperjam

  17. Would love to get my hands on this book! And am also a member of Artisian Whimsy :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I wish I knew how to make metal components ... so this should go to someone who would know what to do with this book! Very funny post- now we'll all be watching you to see if you slip up on Fridays! after happy hour over at AW - ha!

  19. Love me some metal! Great giveaway!

    shankyouverymuch11 at yahoo dot com


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