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”!