Stitched Keum Boo Earrings project from Heat, Color, Set & Fire


Jeweler Mary Hettmansperger — known by her many fans and students as Mary Hetts — has written a new book for jewelers and crafters. Heat, Color, Set & Fire: Surface Effects for Metal Jewelry is officially an April publication, but it just released from our warehouse last week and should be arriving in local stores near you any day now, and of course you can already order the book online.

Mary lives in Peru, Indiana, and she teaches classes across the United States. She’s also one of Lark Jewelry & Beading‘s most popular authors, with more than 65,000 books in print with her fabulous library of teachings for jewelers: Fabulous Woven Jewelry (2006), Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet (2008), Mixed Metal Jewelry Workshop (2010), and now the brand new 2012 book Heat, Color, Set & Fire.

In the book, Mary teaches readers how to add color and texture to metal jewelry using a wide variety of low-tech approaches, including patinas, enameling, keum boo, copper etching, fusing, weaving, texturing with tools, and more. Twenty-one projects bring to life Mary’s approach to jewelry and design.

To get a sense of some of the contents, click here to get a PDF of the Liquid Enamel Necklace project and see a few designs from the book in an earlier blog post. You also can read an interview with Mary Hetts from a little while back with photos of some of her work.

To celebrate the release of Heat, Color, Set & Fire, we’re doing an exceptionally fabulous giveaway. We’re giving away two stylish pairs of earrings Mary made for the book: the Stitched Keum Boo Earrings with keum boo aceents on copper and the variation of those earrings; see the former at the top of this post and the latter at the bottom of it. We’ll select two winners and give each winner one of the pairs of beautiful earrings.

How can you enter for a chance to win one of the two pairs? Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Friday, March 30. Simply tell us why you’re excited by this book from Mary or what you like about Mary’s jewelry style and aesthetic. Please be sure to connect with Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook, too. One winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday, April 4. Click here for the official rules.


UPDATE: Congratulations to Teri Baskett of Jeffersonville, Indiana, and Maryanne Gross of Riva Maryland, winners of the earrings. They’ll also each receive a copy of Heat, Color, Set, & Fire. Our thanks to everyone who left a comment of gave a “Like”!


Variation earrings of the Stitched Keum Boo Earrings project in Heat, Color, Set & Fire


140 Responses

    Julesck41 says:

    beautiful earrings, i do hope i win these

    mary fanara coleman says:

    I like that they are so rustic and raw….good to the earth kinda earrings…love em..

    Artistic says:

    Cant wait to get this book…. Mary is an amazing artist and teacher.

    Jeanneleigh says:

    The book looks awesome!!  Can’t wait to see it in person.

    Lorelei Eurto says:

    I love Mary’s work! And was lucky enough to meet her on the Bead Cruise a few years ago. I would love to gain some insight on using more metal in my designs and her work is always inspirational. 

    Lissa says:

    Really gorgeous. Love the work.

    Shannon C says:

    beautiful work!

    Eileen says:

    I have all of Mary’s books and love all her work. She is one very talented woman!

    Mary’s work and books are really inspiring.  I love the fact that she mixes metals, media and techniques to make unusual and fun work.

    Ziva says:

    Looking fwd to get this book. Mary’s books are hand on!

    I like how each and everyone is unique so no one can have the same earrings etc as you. 

    Suezen Designs says:

    Those earrings are spectacular….very inspirational.  And I’d love to see them on MY ears!  thanks for sharing 

    Yadasibeads says:

    I admire her work! I enjoy other people’s metal work, but I have no talent for it! I would love to win the earrings, that would be delightful.

    Tmabbott63 says:

    I love the form. Very interesting. And the texture is lovely!

    Tpilgrim says:

    These earrings are astounding.  I don’t work with metal but love the affect Mary has achieved on these earrings.  The design is so different also.

    Cristi Clothier says:

    I have Mary’s first book and have been anxiously anticipating this one. Her style is like no other and stands on it’s own. Her techniques are innovative and unique.


    Thecraftingfiend says:


    Klew says:

    Mary’s slyly speaks to me on a whole other level! I absolutely LOVE her work and look forward to her latest book, our customers love her book and frankly ANYTHING metal!

    Patti says:

    I would really like to learn the technique for preserving any heat coloration/patina on the metal. It looks like this book is my answer.

    Oooo!  I am excited about this, as I have recently discovered the joy of working with metal, sharp and powerful tools, and heat!  What joy and empowerment!

    Jeanniebench says:

    Her work is gorgeous, and her book is the perfect place to explore this medium for the beginner or sometimes metalsmither. If this medium is not your only medium, and you enjoy experimenting and playing with alternative materials, this is for you.

    Anne Bocci says:

    Mary’s work is raw form beauty with aboriginal freshness. You can almost see her fingerprints in each piece she lovingly hammers, twists, heats and connects. The earrings posted at the bottom of the page blow my mind. Love it all!
    Anne Bocci

    Bentleyd57 says:

    I love Mary Hettmansperger’s pieces! I have all of her previous books, and find them very inspiring. My dream is to take one of her classes. This latest book looks very interesting. I can’t wait to see it! It would be really wonderful to own a pair of earrings made by her. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Dkeenan says:

    Color always adds interest to metal jewelry.  Interested inlearning some new patina techniques!!!

    Beadsophisticate says:

    Oh, my goodness!  I can’t wait for this to come out.  This is exactly the kind of work I like to do, but with color!  can’t get any better than that!

    Mickey says:

    These are just beautiful and very unique…i love anything unique..i love all things creative and tho i haven’t tried jewelry making i may just it a whirl

    Sue Chesley says:

    I’m totally excited for her new book! I have one of her books and am so inspired by her work! She is an excellent artist and has such a vast knowledge of metalsmithing. 

    Wendy Southin says:

    Oh these are wonderful earrings. I love Mary’s book Wrap, Stitch, Fold and Rivet and am looking forward to getting her newest book.

    Jill palone says:

    I have already gotten this book in the mail!  It is fantastic.  I am happy to be a part of it!  

    Jean says:

    I have been a devoted fan of Mary’s work for years and also have all of her previous books, her jewelry connects with me because of it’s organic, simple, but intricate in craftmanship and detail, origins.
     Her work resonates with the primal instinct of all of us to create and wear something made from our own hands.

    Andrea Armstead says:

    I love anything having to do with earrings… especially when they are hand-made and look so much more interesting than mass-store-bought versions. Very excited that my good friend Jill Palone is a part of this book also! 

    Maria Gottlieb says:

    They say you can’t judge a book by it’s cover but when they put Mary’s jewelry on the front I can’t help but want this book! Mary’s work is inspiring and beautiful.

    Yvette says:

    Everything Mary Hettmansperger does is just gorgeous!

    Kay says:

    I have all of Mary’s otherbooks — can’t wait to see this one!

    Dana says:

    Definitely want to get this book; sounds great!

    B. Coffman says:

    Mary’s work needs to be looked at more-than-one time to enjoy all the exquisite details that she puts into her art pieces! I love that it looks so earth and yet elegant at the same time. Wear with a pair of jeans or with designer clothing, the jewelry is that Mary comes up with suits both! Thank you for the opportunity of the drawing.

    MZ Johansen says:

    This looks like a ‘must-have’ book. I love her work!  Great job on another Lark winner.

    Oops – why do I like Mary’s work? Because it is innovative, stylish and unique….and because I can’t wait to see if I can make some of her art too!

    Bjcollinsworth says:

    wow ! what great pieces of wearable art ! how beautiful, would love to have these they are so unique and her work is fabulous !!!!

    Susan says:

    I love Mary’s books and creativity!  And I love her sportsmanship!  I remember the first book of hers that I bought–I barged in on a class of hers at the Bead & Button show and bought her book.  She very graciously chatted with me, answered some questions and even autographed the book for me!  I’m jealous of her talent, though!

    Sparklein says:

    Mary’s imagination and creativity are superb! She inspires me constantly!

    Anke says:

    I like the random component in Mary’s work.  It shows the working process and it does not look contrived.

    czecher says:

    I’ve always been interested in low tech techniques. I can’t afford expensive torches and acid/base baths. So, this book should be right up my ally!!

    Auntbot says:

    This technique looks very interesting. I would like to learn more about it. 

    Barbara Long says:

    I love the elegant simplicity of her work - 

    Tish says:

    I’ve been a big fan of Mary Hetts and her work since I first saw it years, years ago. Her work just “speaks” to me!

    Lisaacso72 says:

    Looking forward to getting my pre-ordered copy! Play time!

    Snuf says:

    love her work..beautiful

    Beautiful work — can’t wait to get my copy!!

    Sharlyngp says:

    I can’t wait for this book to come out!  I took a class with Mary last year and loved it and her!  She is a wonderful artist and teacher.  I would love to have something she has made!  In the meantime, I’ll try and wait patiently for the book.  I need the new one to make my set complete!

    Celia Clowe says:

    Major Fan! YEAH a NEW book! I’m saving and hoping for a time I can make a workshop!

    Wanda says:

    I love the spontaneous look of this jewelry! I am excited to get the book and be able to learn how to capture that spontanaity on metal!!

    SANDRA MAIN says:


    I would love to win a pair of Mary’s earrings. I am so inspired by artists who work with metal. Mary style is so rustic & earthy!! 

    Sherri Vilov says:

    Wow!  These are gorgeous!

    Trudi says:

    These projects are so wonderful they would tempt me to learn the methods needed to make them.

    Cathy Henke says:

    The earrings look great!  Love the wonderful colors!  

    Sharon says:

    Beautiful earrings….

    Laura O says:

    Another must have book! I love Mary Hett’s organic look and her incorporation of woven elements. Very inspiring. Thanks!

    these earrings have wonderful movement and great use of texture

    Amique says:

    Very tribal. Unique mini pieces of art. Great job, Mary!

    Beaddoll says:

    I love these earrings. I have taken classes from her and she is wonderful. I’m waiting for her new book to arrive at my home. Can’t wait till my new book arrives

    Robin Johnston says:

    I love the primitive rustic aesthetic, and would LOVE to win this book!

    Jaynine9 says:

    Simply beautiful!

    This book could carry me from like to make.

    Mjolorenz says:

    I love her earrings, colorful, textured, unique, and one-of-a-kind!  I love being an individual and these earrings epitomize that!

    Jenny B says:

    I love color, and I’m always looking for new and innovative ways to “dress up” copper.  Can’t wait to read this book!

    Sharon Siqueiros says:

    It would be an honor to win one of these pairs from Mary Hettmansperger!! I like that her techniques allow anybody to create (without great expense) like a pro.
    Thanks for this fabulous opportunity!

    Joanne Goldberg says:

    I love the earrings. Can’t wait for my book to get here. I love Mary. I’ve been fortunite enough to take classes from her

    Castdeb says:


    Marisa says:

    I love the unique style. They stand out.

    Novelstoo says:

    I love Mary’s work and would be delighted to win a pair of her earrings. I am drawn to her work by her use of color and natural forms.

    Jeanie Pratt says:

    I love Mary and the new book!  I am very proud to have work included in it.

    marymac says:

    Very Beautiful They had a such a natural look and feel.

    Ckrumreig says:

    These earrings are gorgeous and I would love to read her book!

    Michele T says:

    I love the creative and originality of each jewellry piece – beautiful ideas!!

    Ginger Palme says:

    I seem to put more thought into picking out my earrings for the day than what cloths I’ll wear for the day,which is usually jeans and a t-shirt. Earrings can inspire and set the rest of your day.These earrings could inspire anyone.

    Christine Bolin says:

    I love the earrings and could imagine them on my ears.  And the book must have a lot of great information. 

    Candyce says:

    these are stunning and I would love to wear them.  

    Liniecat says:

    Gosh they are stunning………my fingers are duly crossed! Such amazing balance and colours.

    Collins Geneva says:

    The projects in this book are highly original. The earrings marry classical shaping with edgy effects.

    Marlene Strait says:

    Very pretty earrings and a great book!!!

    Claire says:

    I love the look of all the jewellery, the earrings are so pretty and I really like them when they swing as you wear them. The colours are so nice and would go with so many things. Thanks for this chance to win a pair

    Lori Morton says:

    This is new to me! The book would be great just for the great pictures!  :)  Have never seen anything like these befor, would LOVE to win a pair of her Earrings!! They are BEAUTIFUL!! Amazing! Love them!  

    Joyce Pusel says:

    Wow, such beautiful earrings!

    Shaiha W says:

    They both look like they would be a lot of fun to wear.

    Rjcheslock says:

    I am expecting delivery on the book this week! So excited….really want a pair of earrings!

    julie king says:

    Wow – there is such a connection with this jewellery and the elements of the four seasons, warmth, soulfulness, celebration and rejuvenation – just awesome, my fingers and toes are crossed :)

    Linda says:

    Love these!  Could wear them with everything.

    Josanne M. says:

    I’m excited about this book since its an area I’ve been wanting to experiment in.. and how can you not love Mary’s rustic, earthy-chic style!!

    Stampcz Cindy ziliak says:

    I love the color variation that comes out of the metal!

    Susie S says:

    Very cool looking. I love the look of these earrings, especially the copper ones.

    Lazysuzzan says:

    These look like they are from the earth, almost like they could grow into something. Wonderful color and texture. Books from artists willing to share their craft are a wonderful addition to anyone who admires a skill wants to learn.

    Wendyoes says:

    Love the earrings and the book.

    Wendyoes says:

    Great earrings; great book!

    I love these and cannot wait till my the book arrives.

    tusitala_brenda says:

    Awesome book to add to our library! Mary’s earrings are so soothingly shaped and vibrantly sized.

    Susan says:

    These earrings are very unique and I love the organic feeling. I would love to have a pair and share one with my daughter.

    Jewelry says:

    hey i love it..it has a wonderful texture and i love the style..very gorgeous to look at..

    Karencnp says:

    I just love the organic look of these designs. Simply stunning!

    Sylpoff says:

    I love the ethnic and wild look of her creations.  Many of her pieces look as tho they have been unearthed.  

    Michele says:

    So gorgeous!  I love the texture and flow of her work!

    I’m a big fan of Mary’s and I’m so excited to see this book.   I have her other books already.  I love color and I’m also a beader, so to find low-tech ways to add color to metal is very exciting to me.

    Charlene LeBel says:

    I love these earrings and would love to learn the method that Mary Hettmansperger uses in her beautiful creations.

    Amelia Upton says:

    I adore these earrings and am greatly aniticipating her upcoming book!

    Diann Cornell says:

    Those earrings are really nice. Not something you see every day.

    Nila says:

    I love the copper earrings. Stunning and very creatve! :)

    Lalaroro says:

    Mary’s work is always easy to recognize. She takes the tinest little pieces and does wonderful things with them. I’d love to have a pair of her earrings, and I’d really love to get a closer look at her new book.  

    Munfoong5 says:

    I find them a bold statement, contemporary yet with a hint of vintage.

    Tjmhagan says:

    I am heading to the bookstore tomorrow to see if Marys’ new book is there yet!! I can’t wai to learn more techniques through her guidance. Her creations are so organicly beautiful!!

    Charlene Osland says:

    Hello,  I love this website and blog.  The talented beading is incredible.  I thought that I would comment to enter the give-away for the beautiful earrings.  They are truly georgeous.  My birthday is March 30 so it would be a surprise if I was chosen.  Can’t wait until the book is available.

    Tammy Goldsmith says:

    THese earrings along with all of Mary’s creations are incredibly unique and inspire me to want to create my own pieces of art.  

    Sylphicdesigns says:

    I just love it when Xmas happens out of season. A chance to win a new pair of a new style of earrings and a new book to get !!!!

    Gardensandy says:

    These Earrings are Gorgeous!  I do a lot of Paper Piecing and have been described as an Art Quilter…I love Linda Hibbert’s Designs and she inspires me! I would love to have a copy of the book as well!

    Jaanl8 says:

    Love the color and texture of the earrings

    Mayranb says:

    Love the Stitched Keum Boo Earrings.

    Teri says:

    I am working on my skills with wire and, in particular, sheet metal.  Can’t wait to see her book.  The earrings in the photo are fab!

    Jennifer says:

    I love Mary’s books because they combine fiber and metal techniques — I love both and the books always give me ideas for new directions to try out!

    Mandy L. says:

    The colors and use of them is phenomenal!

    Craftyhope says:

    I’m just now learning to work with metal a bit more and it sounds like this book has a lot to add to my education on the subject.

    Bethanykr says:

    I know nothing of metal, only fiber, but every time I see Mary Hetts mentioned I have to follow that thread. Just beautiful work.

    Rooh212 says:

    Love the use of color on metal…I was just thinking about this idea a week ago. Great timing with the book coming out. It’s a must have book!!

    Rue H. says:

    Love the use of color on metal…I was just thinking acout this same idea about a week ago. Just in time for the book. It’s a must have!!!

    These earrings are gorgeous!

    Awjewelry says:

    these are lovely!  I am going to have to order the book and try this myself, but would love to win a pair

    Dawn Blair says:

     I definitely need this book. Fabulous earrings!

    treetowner says:

    Mary continues to evolve with creativity and inspiration in her work and it is exciting to see what she comes up with next.

    Muireann says:

    I love the idea of making colorful metal jewelry, thanks for the chance to win!

    Traci Staves says:

    Super excited as I just started working with metal and enamels (that is after I swore I would not do anymore new mediums).  ahh, just can’t help it!!!

    Nancy Gilpin says:

    Mary’s art speaks to me; earthy, natural, fresh, funky.  Wow, love it!

    Kathyvglover says:

    I excited about Mary’s new book. I have appreciated her work for a long time.

    Leakifrog says:

    These earrings look amazing and the book would be an inspiration

    Lily says:

    Recieved my preordered copy 2 days ago – my daughter sent it to me (and Mary’s other book) for my birthday.  I am a happy Mom.

    Ana santiago says:

    The color is rare but sofisticated and beautiful

    Ana santiago says:

    Its a rare color and sofisticated for earring but they
    Are excellent

    Taina says:

    I will never be as talented as Mary so I would love to win a pair of earrings.  I do love making jewelry but I’m just not creative or inventive.  I can only hope to be inspired by such talent.

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