Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Jewelry Maker's Design Book: Giveaway


I recently was provided with a review copy of The Jewelry Maker's Design Book: An Alchemy of Objects by Deryn Mentock.


Although the focus of this book - jewelry - is not my ....., I found this book informative, fascinating and applicable to my mixed media work. The book itself is well-designed, beautifully photographed (by Deryn herself), and easy to follow. Deryn approach is one of generosity and this book is filled cover to cover with a tremendous amount of information.

Chapter 1 reviews the elements and principles of design for jewelry makers. It also includes sections on developing a personal style, finding inspiration, shopping tips, common mistakes, and more.

Chapter 2 is tremendously useful and covers techniques and tools. Deryn includes pictures and descriptions of commonly-used tools as well as detailed, step-out instructions for basic techniques such as wrapping, crimping, cutting, filing, stringing, riveting, etc. She covers safety issues with working with metal as well.

Chapters 3 through 6 present specific jewelry projects and include detailed instructions and images so that you can create these yourself. Throughout these chapters are many sidebars of both Design Tips and Journal Notes, both of which are filled with helpful and personal ideas.

My sense is that this book would be a useful resource for both beginner and advanced jewelry artists. However, this could also be a source of ideas of techniques for the more general mixed media artist, like myself, who uses a lot of dimensional objects in their work.

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GIVEAWAY x 2

Deryn was kind enough to provide me with an additional copy for a giveaway.  If you would like to have a chance to win a copy of this book, please leave a comment on this post to be entered into the pool. Comments will close end of day on Sunday 2/23. The winner will be posted and contacted by email -- so be sure to leave your email address. Good luck!

You can also head over to this post on Deryn's blog for a second chance to win a copy of her book as she is generously having her own giveaway as well! 

140 comments:

Miss Marple said...

That sounds very interesting! Thank you very much for the generousity of giving away one book! - Irma

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Ohh, pick me, pick me!!! I'm into making jewelery and have more than a few ideas, but mainly in my head. My bead embroidery needs to start paying for itself. LOL!

Anonymous said...

The Jewelry Making Book sounds wonderful. Thanks for a chance to win.

Amy said...

Thank you for the opportunity. Both of you do such inspired work it is fabulous to see it one place.

Deryn Mentock said...

Hey Seth...thank you for the lovely review! I'm so glad you see the potential in the book for mixed media artists. I think many of the techniques cross over and any artist can use the principles and elements of design. Good luck to your readers!
deryn

Susan said...

Sounds like a very useful book full of ideas and inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

Summer Mott said...

I want this book so bad! I make Jewelry and I LOVE Deryn Mentock's style and just from seeing how she incorporates objects has inspired me to experiment and I'm forming my own style. There are always new things to learn, techniques, tips and tricks! <3

west majinney interiors said...

I've been a fan of Deryn's for years. I love how she has created her personal style. I, too, love working with mixed media, but just haven't nailed it yet. I would love to have a copy.
Thanks.

Irene said...

Nice to have another resource for ideas and techniques.

Irene

Jacqueline de Jong said...

I love Deryns work,thanks for the oppurtunity.

Anna H said...

This would certainly be a welcome addition to my books and resources. I can see how it works for you Seth. Thanks for the chance.

Lelainia N. Lloyd said...

I have the pleasure of owning two of Deryn's pieces. Both are so special to me. One was a gift from Deryn's after I was diagnosed. It was a piece she created for an somerset article I wrote. The other was a commissioned piece from her & Deb Trotter for my birthday. I've worn the first one on tv twice now & people always comment on it. Her work is incredible. She is a true artisan.

Jan Durkin said...

Deryn's work is such an inspiration to me. I do hope to win the copy you're so generously awarding!

Katherine Regier said...

Looks like a fabulous book. I would love to learn to make my jewelry look as elegant as those pieces on the cover.

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Ruth L said...

Looks a very interesting book as specially if I think about how much fun it is to play around with found objects. I have a couple that still didn't use in my works, so good idea to peak in and get some inspiration.

Judy Millard said...

Sounds like the perfect book for both jewelry and mixed media artists!

Stephanie Gentry said...

Fantastic! I'd love to win this book! I'm a mosaic artist just beginning to dabble in mixing in media, and making jewelry pieces as well. I know and adore Deryn's work, and would love to learn new techniques from her. Thank you for this opportunity! (stefntom@aol.com)

Leslie said...

Deryn is one of my favorite jewelry artists and I am definitely going to need a copy of this fabulous looking book. Thanks for the chance to win.

A Bit of Colour said...

I am a jewelry person! I love Deryn's pieces!!!!!! Would love a chance to win! Thanks for the opportunity!

Memories Past and Present said...

I have an antique business and also am a crafter at heart. I am so intrigued by the use of vintage jewelry in new designs, and I believe I could do it given the time and a few ideas to get me started. Thank you! Carolyn and Memories Past and Present.

Linda Oleary said...

Thank you for the chance to win Seth. I used to have you on my blog list before when google had all the blogs in one spot. In fact how do I get you back on my list.

Linda O'Leary

Contessa Kris said...

Oh yum. I've been wanting to see her book in person! I'd love to win. I could use some inspiration and she is so talented.

Kat Powers said...

I have already checked out your book since seeing it on Sublime's FB page......I would LOVE to have a copy! Thank you for the chance to win one!

Chris said...

Jewelry and mixed media unite. How exciting. Would love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity

MB Isaac said...

I am an occasional beader - everytime I feel like a new piece of jewelry, I try to make it if possible. I do run out of ideas though and love looking over other projects for ideas.

Susan Johnson said...

I started with embroidery to beading and now mixed media. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a beautiful and inspiring book.

Zol said...

This is such great timing. I was just thinking about jewelry....

Susie

Michelle Castro said...

What a great way to pass on knowledge! I would love a chance get a copy of her book. Thank you for the opportunity! cxsbymc@gmail.com

Michelle Castro
CreativeXpressionS

Nancy Wethington said...

What a wonderful book and a great resource.

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barbara macaskill said...

What an amazing giveaway!! Just getting back into jewelry making after a long hiatus and would love to be able to add this book to my tools!!! Thank you for the opportunity!!! My email is macaskillbarbara@yahoo.com

Debbie said...

I love looking in books for inspiration. Thank you for a chance to win !

Andrew Thornton said...

I love Deryn's work! It looks like a fascinating read and a great addition to anyone's craft library!

ardenttie@yahoo.com

Sue Chesley said...

Wow! I have long been a fan of Deryn's work, but haven't bought her book yet. So, I'll give a go at winning it before I order it. Thank you Seth - and I love your blog!!! Following you now

jezebel said...

Sounds like a great book. I make jewelry occasionally and this seems like it would provide a ton of inspiration.

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Westwick said...

I need this book so bad. I am at a creative stand still due to somewhat limited skills. This book could get me places! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

Frances said...

Could really use this book to learn about finding my style. Thanks for the chance to win. peetsf@yahoo.com

Martice Smith II said...

Thanks for the fantastic review, Seth! Isn't it great when we can discover the potential to evolve our own creations from other fields?!! I often do that and it proves to be beneficial in terms of how I apply the elements of art and principles of design. I dabble a li'l bit in jewelry making but I'd love to incorporate more of it into my original art pieces...hmmm, ok, I'm off to daydream about those possibilities, lol! Thanks for the chance to win :) {EMAIL; msmith2illustration(at)gmail(dot)com}

Anonymous said...

I just received this book which I ordered as a birthday gift for a friend - it looks amazing! Now I want one for myself! Thanks for offering a chance to win one (for myself!)

madhabitz said...

Just added this to my list of books I *neeeed* - thanks so much for the information on it.

Mackin-Art said...

I'm always on the look out as my style becomes more mixed media influenced, although my beads are always present - this sounds like a great source.

dgmidkiff said...

Sounds like the perfect book for both jewelry and mixed media artists! I love her work!!

DonnaD said...

Love Deryn's work. Would be thrilled to win a copy of her beautiful book.

ArtZhodgepodge said...

Looking forward too seeing Deryns book. Maybe I will be the lucky one.. thanks for the chance.

Aleta said...

thanks for the opportunity x 2!

Lorraine French said...

Lorraine said.......I enjoyed your page and the detail you share in each process.thank you!
I love the look of Deryn's book an would cherish it if I win.

Ella said...

I love what you shared and so true inspiration is everywhere! I am happy to see you on Instagram-I need to update mine.

It looks like a great give way-please toss my name in your hat!

Smiles to you!

sjhillis said...

Deryn is an excellent teacher and artist and I can't wait to see her book

trish quilty said...

looks like a fabulous book, I would be pleased to win it. Thanks to Deryn generousity.

jinxxxygirl said...

This sounds right up my alley Seth....i'am most definitely a beginner. LOL! Thank you to both you and Deryn! Hugs! deb
nuleaf at comcast dot net

martinisfor2 said...

I would LoVe to win a copy of Deryn's book!

kara said...

A wonderful oportunity..thanks for sharing :)

Bunny El Paca said...

I would love to learn how to create little pieces of art we call jewelry.

Charis Designs said...

This book looks amazing- and would be a welcome and pivotal addition to my "go-to"s.
Christie

Darlene K Campbell said...

Definately a good resource for both jewelry and art assemblage, or mixed-media. Of course I want a chance to win this. Thanks!

Cat Kerr said...

What a generous giveaway!! Keeping fingers toes and eyes crossed...well maybe not the eyes...heehee...xox Cat

Anonymous said...

Wow- would LOVE to win Deryn's book!
my email- dlmdesigns3@msn.com

Mei Tan said...

I am a fan of Deryn and would love to win a copy of her book.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Summer Mott said...

I forgot to leave my email so just in case lily_summer_love@yahoo.com :) (a girl can dream right?)

Barbara Mason said...

Love Deryn's work and have taken 2 workshops from her! Would love a copy of her book!

Birthing Your Creative Fire said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway. There's nothing I love more than combining disciplines and techniques. What could be better than mixed media and jewelry. I loves me a good treasure trove! I'd love to win this book. I'm going to put it on my Wish List over at that big online store.

Kathleen Harrington

Susan Houghton said...

The book sounds very informative. Would be great to win a copy and thanks for the opportunity!

marijka said...

Thanks for being so generous, and I'm looking forward to exploring your blog!

Joanne S said...

Love her work. I can't wait to see the book. Thanks for the opportunity

Suzanne said...

I've long admired Deryn's beautiful jewelry and would love to have her new book. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed!

Artifice said...

I would love to win this book! It would be a lovely birthday gift since my b-day is tomorrow, Feb. 21st. Thanks for the opportunity to win Deryn's book. Linda
lindagreiss@gmail.com

Karen Schroeder said...
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Karen Schroeder said...

Deryn's book looks awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!
fossilsrock@hotmail.com

CreativSpirit said...

This sounds like a very interesting and informative book which I would love to have for inspiration. Thanks for the chance.
rainbowconnection2@yahoo.com.au

dindi said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book! Thank you so much!xxx

cecile graven said...

Sounds like a very useful book full of ideas and inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

Diane D. said...

Love the giveaway!
DianeD
dmd@dainis.com

Eileen Bellomo said...

Hi Seth! Deryn is a wonderful artist and it sounds like she is also a great teacher. Like you. :) Thanks for the opportunity. I love creating wearable art.

Wendy Austin said...

I think this would be a splendid book, to help inspire and inform. Thankyou for the chance to win one of these splendid books. wendy

Anonymous said...

Amazing opportunity to expand the creative mind, good luck to whoever wins xx

Ali Broughton said...

Amazing opportunity to win and expand the creative mind! good luck to whoever wins xx

Anonymous said...

I have long wanted to add jewelry making to my all-to-short list of accomplishments. Thanks for the chance to win!

elle said...

They say you can't do it all! But jewelry is something I very much would like to know more about and do. Sounds like a great book!

Deborah said...

Since I'm into both jewelry and mixed media, I often try to find a way to blend the two. I think the sign of a true artist is someone who sees inspiration and potential in just about any and everything. I am so thrilled to be part of this fabulous community!

Deborah said...

and my email is randsjane@yahoo.com ;-)

bumblebee said...

I met Deryn at ViVi Magoo in Tucson, a few weeks ago. What a delight she is! The book sounds fabulous.

Nan G said...

You are very generous, thank you! The book looks intriguing as do Deryn's designs. This would be a fab resource to have. Nan of froggydesigns3 @ yahoo.com

Laura Strack said...

What a generous gift. I would love to read this wonderful book of tried and true techniques from the pros. I need all the help I can get! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

RJ said...

Hoping to win this amazing book! It's very inspiring! Thanks!

rjwhiggins@aol.com

Hue and Me Art said...

I was just given tons of old jewelry by my daughter!!! She said Mom have some fun with these! I need this book!!! Thanks for the chance to win one Seth.

Tracy Anderson said...

Would love a chance to win.
Tracy@tracyandersondesign.com

vegan diva said...

Honing ability in one creative area easily transfers to another. Thanks for the chance to win!

Attic Studio said...

Would love to have this book.

Lori Ann Davis said...

This book looks like an amazing source of inspiration! Since jewelry and mixed media are two of my favorite things, I'm thrilled that I've found both your site and this opportunity! Thanks!

Melody said...

Seems like a good book.

susie said...

I'd luv to win this book. I just started bead making and need any help I can get. :) thx.

lizzie said...

The book looks very interesting. I have not had a chance to lok at it yet as I have not been able to find it locally.
Would love the chance to win a copy.

Ulina / Apricot Bubbles said...

I´d love to have a copy - thank you soooo much for the opportunity!!!

surfmomma4 said...

Oh this looks like eye candy as well as instructive. Would love to own it. If I don't win Ill definitely be buying it !

Lana Manis said...

I'd love to win Deryn's book! Thanks for the chance! :)

tallulah1 said...

Would love to win this book as a gift to my friend. It looks like it has so many techniques and ideas - she would LOVE it!
Janelle R

Deborah Gregg said...

Oddly enough, I had just told you how I have been diving headfirst into jewelry (without seeing this post). And, of course, mixed media!! This would fit nicely into my eager hands and, as I can judge a book by its cover, would be very exciting to work with!! These "perfect timing" moments keep happening with you.

Leslie Austin said...

I would love to win Deryn's book. Her blog is an inspiration for trying new things and takes us to places we long to visit. Having her book in my hands would be a treat!

Sara White said...

I would LOVE to have this book...even the cover is enticing! Sara (kaleidoscopeartworks@comcast.net)

Lin Collette said...

I would love to have this book so that I can give it to my friend Michele Alt who is a fab jewelry artist and needs some inspiration to get back to jewelry making

~Rasz~ said...

Thank you Seth for this awesome giveaway! I would love to have a chance at winning this book! Good luck to everyone entering!

L said...

Thank you for the chance to win this amazing book...hope I do!

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

Thank you-this sounds wonderful!!

Rockin Robin said...

I would be so incredibly happy to win this book. I'm new to metalsmithing, but am loving the journey so much. I'm currently in the "devour all the information that I possibly can" mode. I tend to do my learning/investigation, and research first. I have been lusting after this book ever since I heard about it. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

hawker9999 said...

Well, my husband was given all the tools to do metal smithing and it is just sitting in his shop right now. It would be nice to receive this book to give us a start. Thanks, for the opportunity and the giveaway. ;-)

Pam said...

Deryn's style is right up and down my alley! Fab giveaway, thanks so much. :)

D Fritz said...

Hope I win...this book looks wonderful.

Jessica said...

This sounds so interesting. I'm finding lots of ideas that carryover from jewelry to my mixed media. I have even repurposed broken jewelry.

Joyce said...

I've taken an online class with Deryn, and she is fantastic! Her work is beyond beautiful...I'd love to win a copy of this book! Thanks, Seth, for the opportunity

kimmysue said...

I'd love to win this. I'd share it with my daughter. I love mixed media art and she loves jewelry. I keep seeing the name "Seth Apter" all over the place these days. Are you more prolific than usual, or am I just tuned in to your art? Hmmmmm.

Unknown said...

I am a polymer clay artist and have been looking for exciting and creative findings for finishing my work and Deryn does beautiful work. i took one of her online classes but had surgery before the class began and was only able to watch. Lots of information to use but still would enjoy having techniques in print to refer as working. Thank you for the chance to have such a great technique book to add to library! Selma

Phoebe said...

Oh thank you for the giveaway - I've been eying this book for awhile - and I'm so excited about it!

Lecia Woessner said...

I have only recently discovered Deryn Mentock & from what I've read about her & from what I've seen on her blog, she seems like such a cool lady & I absolutely love all of her designs! I'd love, love, love to have her book! And, now, I got introduced to you & your blog! My lucky day!

LaLa Ortiz said...

I just love Deryn Mentock's style and can't wait to take a peek into this book! Thanks for the chance at getting it in your give-away!
:)

lake ave said...

Crossing my fingers....thanks for the chance!

Michelle said...

Would love to win a copy! I've been an admirer of Deryn's work for a very long time! Even own a couple of her pieces! Took an online class as well - she doesn't disappoint!

Melissa Howington said...

I am so exited to be introduced to new artists! I found you through Deryn's site! Fabulous! Would love her new book as well.

Maria said...

It is my lucky day for sure. Thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

Deborah Winnett said...

What a great giveaway. I love her style and creativity

Liz-Anna said...

I would love to win but, clearly, so would a lot of people!

Deborah said...

So drawn to Deryn's work and always have been. The excitement of the presentation of so much of her work in one place.....cannot wait to get a hold of a copy. Congrats to you for your fine work and your ability to be a most awesome teacher. You are so very
blessed.

donnaj said...

her book looks very interesting-have only done very basic jewelry in the past-this looks like it would inspire to go for it!

janie said...

Would love this book! Thank you!

Rebecca said...

I would love to own a copy of this book, thank you!

Helen Hughes said...

Love this! Pick me! I need this book asap!

Ellen Lyn said...

Looks like a must have! Thanks for a chance to win! zettifan at gmail dot com

martinisfor2 said...

I really need this book to expand my horizons and have my career soar!

Kai said...

Love Deryn's work!

Palma said...

Look into my eyes. YOU MUST PICK ME.

Lois said...

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to win this awesome book. I would love to win!

Char Brickner said...

Incredible Stencils, Beautiful Book! Creativity at its best! Thank you for the opportunity!

Char Brickner said...

Incredible Stencils, Beautiful Book! Creativity at its best! Thank you for the opportunity!

Maria Soto said...

looks amazing, would love to win and see how it transforms my jewelry making!! thanks for such a great giveaway

Melissa Bolton said...

hey seth! deryn's work is gorgeous & would love a copy of her new book. hope all is well with you! ~melissa
melissa@melissabolton.com

mamakat said...

I would love to give a good home to a copy of this incredible book!

Nancy D. said...

I would love to win this book❗️
piggybat@earthlink.net

Michele Charles said...

What a wonderful thing to win!!!
michele@michelecharles.com

Jo Murray said...

You have great giveaways Seth. Would you believe that beaded jewellery is something I do in my spare time? Always need more inspiration.