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If you’re a jewelry designer and are looking to make a first entry into establishing your own business, check out designer Emilie Shapiro’s How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line (Get your copy here >> B&N, Amazon, IndieBound). And guess what!? You can enter to win one of seven copies in our Goodreads giveaway right now!

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How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line by Emilie Shapiro

How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line

by Emilie Shapiro

Giveaway ends November 11, 2016.

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From the Introduction:

EmilieShapiroI have found the majority of people in the jewelry industry—and most industries—to be very secretive when it comes to sharing trade insights, contacts, best practices, and trials and errors of their own path. After getting loads of questions about this from my students, I decided to teach a lecture-style class about jewelry production. The response was overwhelming.

Through years of experience holding many different jobs in diverse facets of the jewelry industry, I have learned from my mistakes and accomplishments and have applied all those lessons to building my own company. In writing this book, my goal is to share the insights I have gained with aspiring designers to help them become successful jewelry designers and business owners. I am extremely proud to be writing this book, and to make this information available to a large audience.

JewelryLineI have always had a knack for design and business, but it took me many years to develop the skills and the patience of a craftsperson. From my earliest days, I was interested in designing and creating things. My father worked in sales at a fabric mill in New York City’s garment district, so fabric samples in all sorts of patterns were always available in my playroom. I have fond memories of wandering the sample floor high above Eighth Avenue and learning about color and texture. When I was five, I loved designing and making clothes for my dolls. Using my (not-so) safety scissors, I would cut up my fabric to make outfits for my dolls.

I made my first piece of jewelry when I was thirteen and haven’t stopped since then. After my grandmother passed away, I found a bag of her costume jewelry. I was always fascinated by how things were made, so I started taking apart my grandmother’s necklaces, bracelets, and brooches and putting them back together in a new way. Focusing on design, rather than construction, I haphazardly assembled my own pieces, but they always fell apart. When I was in high school, I started selling my jewelry to friends, family, and the people who would watch me make it while I was working at a local beach club. My designs were strong, but the craftsmanship was weak.

JewelryLine2Running a jewelry production business is different from being an artist. An artist can focus solely on design and aesthetics. A jewelry entrepreneur must be concerned about the customer’s satisfaction after the purchase. You’re looking to create a piece that will be cherished and passed down from generation to generation.

I didn’t learn this until many years later, but it takes time to hone your craft. It calls for a lifetime of research, discipline, trial and error, and learning from your mistakes. Certain things come naturally to each of us, and certain things have to be learned. Design and business were always strong suits for me. I knew two things: I wanted to be my own boss and I wanted to make original pieces that would be treasured for years to come.

 

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Big Jewelry Book Giveaway!

February 10, 2016, 16:23 pm  Posted by Ardi Alspach
 

It’s time for another giveaway! We have two packets of books for two lucky readers with mailing addresses in the US or Canada.

The first packet is for the aspiring metalsmith looking to learn some new skills for jewelry making as well as tips for how to start his or her own jewelry line! The books included in this packet are How to Create Your Own Jewelry Line by Emilie Shapiro, Metal Jewelry Made Easy by Jan Loney, and Making Metal Jewelry by Joanna Gollberg.

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The second packet is for the avid beader. The books included are Beading All-Stars: 20 Jewelry Projects from Your Favorite Designers, Seed Bead Chic by Amy Katz, and Earringology by Candie Cooper.

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To enter for both giveaways, simply comment below and tell us about some of your favorite jewelry designers! Winners will be selected randomly on February 17th!

 
 
 
 
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Chain Mail Jewelry book giveaway!

February 25, 2015, 10:23 am  Posted by Brita Vallens
 

The paperback edition of Chain Mail Jewelry is now available. In celebration of this edition’s release, we will be giving one copy away to two lucky winners!

 

Chain Mail Jewelry features 30 beautiful projects (the Gold and Amethyst Parure and the elegant Double Strand Japanese Cube Necklace [pictured below] are my particular favorites). With the help of Terry Taylor and Dylon Whyte’s easy-to-follow directions and how-to illustrations, jewelry crafters of all skill levels are able to achieve impressive results using just a few tools.

 

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To enter to win a copy of the paperback edition of Chain Mail Jewelry, leave a comment on this blog post by 9PM EST on Sunday, March 1. The two winners will be selected on Monday, March 2. Click here to read the official rules.

 
 
 
 
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Break the Rules — Get a Free Book!

April 01, 2014, 15:14 pm  Posted by Lark
 

No, no, no, I’m not suggesting you shoplift…or break any other rules like sneaking into a movie theater or peeing in a swimming pool. I’m talking about Diane Hyde‘s new book, Break the Rules Bead Embroidery—I’m giving away an advance copy to one lucky person!

This book releases in stores on May 2, and the creativity within its pages is gonna knock your socks off. Diane gives herself permission to include the the most innovative materials in her pretty bead-embroidered jewelry! We’re talking pen nibs, toys, spoons, old keys, brass hinges, guitar picks, mini bulbs–and that’s just a start! This book will inspire you and kick-start your imagination.

Getting in on the giveaway couldn’t be simpler. To be eligible, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 7, 2014. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Click here for the official rules (don’t break those!). This giveaway is over; the winner is Nancy Ludvik. Happy beading, Nancy!

Diane Hyde

 
 
 
 
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500 Series Giveaway: Lark Jewelry and Beading Books

November 25, 2013, 12:10 pm  Posted by Lark
 

 

 

The holidays are officially here, so we’re channeling Santa: In the spirit of the season, we’re giving away ten jewelry books from our 500 series. One lucky person will win the fabulous stack pictured above, which includes the newest entries in the series (Showcase 500 Art Necklaces and Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry), as well as old favorites like 500 Wedding Rings.*

To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 EST on Sunday, December 1. One winner will be selected at random, and the results will be announced on Monday, December 2. Please click here for the official rules. This giveaway is now closed. A winner has been selected. Thanks for entering!

*Gingerbread man not included.

 
 
 
 
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Diane Fitzgerald’s New Book = 2 GIVEAWAYS

November 22, 2013, 07:55 am  Posted by Lark
 

Diane Fitzgerald‘s new book, Shaped Beadwork & Beyond, released a few weeks ago. This follow-up to Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork features 40 projects—count ‘em…40!—and almost every one of them is accompanied by instructions for variations. It’s a mind-boggling array of beautiful beaded jewelry for you to make!

There's the Temari Beads...

...and the Five-Pointed Star...

...and the Moorish Tile Beads...

...and the Pillow Beads...and that's just the tip of the beadberg!

And because it’s that time of year, in this posting we’re doing not one, but TWO giveaways!

GIVEAWAY #1: One lucky person will win two copies of Diane’s NEW book, one to keep and one to give to a friend (or, well, that’s what I’m assuming you’ll do; you could give both of them away, or keep them both, or whatever you like!)

Giveaway #1

GIVEAWAY #2: The other happy winner will get one copy each of all three of the books that Diane has published with Lark: Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork, Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects, and Shaped Beadwork & Beyond.

Giveaway #2

Getting in on this giveaway couldn’t be simpler. To be eligible, simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, December 1, 2013. Two winners (one for each of the giveaways described above) will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on Monday, December 2, 2013. Click here for the official rules.THE GIVEAWAY IS OVER. THE WINNER OF GIVEAWAY #1 IS SHARON MCKIM OF LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO. RESULTS OF GIVEAWAY #2 ARE PENDING.

 

 
 
 
 
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Candie Cooper INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY

November 18, 2013, 09:23 am  Posted by Lark
 

Candie Cooper and I have just finished working on her wonderful next book with Lark, Earringology: How to Make Dangles, Drops, Chandeliers & More. This follow-up to Candie’s previous offering, Necklaceology, will be available in June but can be pre-ordered now. I recently sat down with Candie to ask her a few questions on a range of topics.

Lark:  Candie, as you may not know, in a former life I used to catalog phone conversations for the National Security Agency. A couple of my former colleagues have informed me there was a unicorn sighting recently in north central Indiana where you live. What can you tell me about that?

Candie:  You did?!? That’s crazy. But yes! There was a unicorn sighting on Halloween weekend here in town. In my backyard actually! Ok, it was me. My husband got us horse and unicorn masks to wear for Halloween this year. They were creepy and fun and strange all at the same time. I made a special crystal rainbow necklace to wear with it. It was pretty fun!

Lark:  I see. A lot of horsing around, I imagine. So now that you’ve wrapped work on your latest writing effort, you must have all kinds of time on your hands, right? What are you up to when you’re not sleeping late and watching daytime TV?

Candie:  I actually do tune into Rachel Ray and listen while I work. I like her. But I’m onto the next series of projects, working on some top secret product development stuff (ask your NSA buddies about it), new book ideas, and filming craft videos for different craft companies. I’m also doing a lot of holiday projects for Plaid’s website, Paint Me Plaid.

Oh, and how did I almost forget  . . . I’ll be representing Beadalon and Jewelry Television to teach on a Country Music Cruise leaving from Fort Lauderdale in January.

Lark:  That’s a full agenda! Now, in all seriousness, tell me why you were excited to write a book telling your readers how to make beaded earrings. (By the way, they are all really pretty, and the instructions are easy to follow, the materials are readily available, and the photos in the book are fantabulous. But of course, in the spirit of full disclosure, I must make it clear that I work for the publisher—and also never really worked for the NSA, but as a running joke it’s a fun story to imagine.)

Candie:  Well, writing books is kind of like watching a good movie that you don’t want to end. I loved it when I was offered the opportunity to write Earringology, which is the sequel, so to speak, of Necklaceology. Plus, earrings are so instantly gratifying. Most anyone can make them in an evening, and that always feels good. I also had more techniques and new tools I wanted to share with people!

Lark:  It’s mid November. All thoughts turn to the coming holiday gift-giving season. What are a couple of the favorite items you’ve made in the past as gifts?

Candie:  I love making beaded beads into pendants and earrings with Swarovski crystals. They’re especially great around the holidays. In fact, here’s a link to my blog tutorial.

For my family, I usually make everyone an ornament. This year it’s going to be stenciled burlap ornaments with everyone’s initials on them immersed in glass. Sounds weird, but trust me, they’re cool! Should I be worried any of them are going to see this?!

Lark:  Well, we want as many people as possible to see this blog, but I’ll talk to my buddies at the previously mentioned top secret government agency and have them monitor your family’s internet traffic. We won’t let them near larkcrafts.com.

Other than telling us to start making projects ten months ahead of time, what advice or thoughts can you offer about making your own gifts for the holidays?

Candie:  Mmmmmm, keep it simple. I’ve learned over the years that if I try to make everyone something really involved, it gets tedious and exhausting. Holidays are supposed to be fun! If I do make something tedious, it’s usually for my mom (because she is AWESOME). My second tip is to wrap your gift as pretty as possible (but still simple). The presentation is just as much part of the gift (at least for me it is). I love tying a sprig of evergreen onto packages with a lace ribbon.

Lark:  Speaking of gifts, we are offering up two sets of signed copies of Metalworking 101 for Beaders and Necklaceology. Just leave a comment on this post telling us about an piece of beaded jewelry or any handcrafted item you made as a gift for someone by Tuesday, November 26 at noon EST. We will choose two names at random from among all eligible comments and will announce the winner on Wednesday, November 27. (Click here for the official rules.)

Candie:  Woot!  Woot!  THAT is a great idea! I’m all for it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candie Cooper is the bestselling author of Metalworking 101 for Beaders and Necklaceology. In addition, she is a featured guest on the popular PBS series, “Beads, Baubles, and Jewels.” Currently working on product development for the jewelry industry, Candie also designs new products for craft companies and teaches creative beading workshops. Visit Candie’s website for the latest on what Candie’s been up to lately.

 

 
 
 
 
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GIVEAWAY: Jamie Cloud Eakin Collection

October 30, 2013, 11:53 am  Posted by Lark
 

In celebration of the publication of Jamie Cloud Eakin‘s brand new book, Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects, we’re offering up a giveaway featuring her ENTIRE collection of extraordinary Lark books: Beading with Cabochons, Bugle Bead Bonanza, Dimensional Bead Embroidery, and Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects. So fantastic, right? For a chance to win, simply comment on this blog post: any comment will do! Leave your comment/entry by 11:59 EST on Wednesday, November 6th. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and contacted Thursday, November 7th. Click here for the official rules.This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Diana in Wisconsin!

 

 
 
 
 
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Giveaway: Two Books by Marcia DeCoster

September 23, 2013, 14:51 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Did you know that some of Marcia DeCoster’s die-hard fans call themselves Marciettes? (I’ll let you in on how that’s pronounced: “mar-shet.”) Well, this blog post gives you the chance to win a copy of both of her books…and if you’re not already a Marciette, you’re going to become one!

One lucky person wins a copy of Marcia’s new book, Marcia DeCoster’s Beads in Motion, and her previous book, Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence. To be eligible, simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 30, 2013. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Click here for the official rules.

And while you’re waiting breathlessly ’til next week to hear if you’re the charmed person who scored the loot, click here for a free project from the new book! THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER. THE WINNER WAS SANDIE SINATRA OF RHODE ISLAND.

Visit Marcia DeCoster’s website to see more images of her work, buy kits, link to her blog, view her workshop calendar and more.

 
 
 
 
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Foxy Epoxy ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!

July 01, 2013, 08:00 am  Posted by Lark
 

Hey, didn’t we just post a giveaway for this book last week? Indeed, folks, we did. But we are just so thrilled about our new book Foxy Epoxy by Kristal Wick that we wanted to offer you a second giveaway.

This week we’re offering you a chance to win Katerina Ilieva’s elegant Filigree Pendant Necklace. Created by pressing epoxy clay through the holes in brass filigree and then embedding glittering crystal rhinestones into the resulting surface, this clever piece showcases the creative potential of this versatile medium. What could you make with a little epoxy clay and this great book as your guide?

Comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of Foxy Epoxy and the lovely Filigree Pendant Necklace project featured in the book. Simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 8, 2013. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on Tuesday, July 9. Click here for the official rules. This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Erin in Wisconsin!

Check out this sneak peek post to find out more about the book.