September 27, 2010

Book Giveaway: Bead Chic by Margot Potter

 I have the final book giveaway of September for you today, and let me tell you, it's an amazing one!
Bead Chic: 36 Stylish Jewelry Projects & Inspired Variations is an exciting book by Margot Potter which is full of the kind of gorgeous projects that you might expect from this skilled designer and author.  The concept of the book is really fun... it shows you many different techniques and examples of taking a jewelry design that you see and using it as inspiration.  Margot had several other designers collaborate in parts of this book, including myself!  We were given a project from the book and asked to create our own piece of jewelry, using the project as inspiration.  I really enjoyed the challenge!
These are the two pieces I made for Bead Chic.  I am really pleased with both of them and was honored to be asked to participate in the challenge.
I have one copy of Bead Chic to giveaway this week.  I will choose the winner on Friday, October 1st!  Leave a comment and tell me someone who inspires you artistically.  Good luck!


Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

16 comments:

  1. This looks like a lovely book I would love to have it added to my beady books. Not sure if Canadians are eligible but if I am please enter me. Love your designs they are gorgeous the first one is my favorite.

    Copper Penny

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  2. I'm a newbie in the world of beads, so it would be great for me if I can win the book =) hmm...artistically? Should it be about beads? Well if about beads, I haven't found it yet. But I love art. I adore Kenzo & Lanvin for fashion. I stunned by Vincent van Gogh's paintings. I Nyoman Nuarta is the most genius sculptor that I ever met face to face. If you visit Bali, you can watch his masterpiece - Garuda Wisnu Kencana.

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  3. If your contributions are any indication then this book is awesome!

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  4. The book looks fabulous. I keep coming back to your blog because I find all your new pieces very inspiring. I also like Katie Hacker for the same reasons.

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  5. Laura McCabe is one of my inspirations, although I will never be at her level in beading skills, I do love to look at her work and dream......I would love to win this book, even though I do mostly bead weaving, I do some stringing too, and I am sure I would find plenty of inspiration within its pages

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  6. I don't know that I could pick just one inspiration! I love reading the blogs of Lorelei and KJ, they are some of my absolute favorite beaders! Lisa Niven Kelly inspired my interest in stamping which led to my love of all things metal... and I am in constant awe of a whole blogroll full of other amazing artists!

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  7. Oh awesome - I have been recommended this book by a fellow beader so would love to win!

    My greatest artistic inspiration is my 5yo son. I admire his ability to create from the heart and not worry what others think of the final result. How wonderful would it be to be able to create like a child for the rest of our lives - carefree and full of artistic freedom, never doubting our artistic abilities!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

    Karyn

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  8. It is difficult to have just one inspiration. I also string, do wirework, make Polymer Clay beads.... but one of my first inspirations with PC was Dona Kato.

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  9. I love the inspired variations part of this book. I always tell people to take my patterns and customize them to suit their own taste. :)

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  10. This looks like a great book. I especially love that other designers had a chance to show how to be artistically influenced by the design to interpret it anew. Who wants to be a knockoff copy of someone else? This shows you how to make it your own. Thanks for the chance. Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  11. Beyond yourself melanie, I find tracey stanley to be an inspiration. She taught me many wonderful things...my favorite is to use brass texture plates. I think jean campbell is a wonderful editor and designer. Margie Deeb is an inspiration with the use of colors. There are so many talented beaders/cold connectors in this world...a day without beading is like a day without oxygen.

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  12. I love Margot Potter - have a couple of her other books. Your work for the book is wonderful. For inspiration - I go out into nature. It's all there and ever changing.

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  13. Looks like a fabulous book!!!
    I am inspired by many people in my beading/claying life but a lady called Lynda Moseley has had a huge impact on me. She is so talented and generous to a fault. I am also insired by many talented members of our Australian beading forum...so much talent!
    thanks for the opportunity to share!!! :)
    Julz

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  14. I am inspired by the beaded masterpieces of Valerie Hector. I first bought a pin from her many years ago. I'd love to win this book.

    wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. What a lovely book to add to any beader's library. I am inspired in my jewelry making by many artists. My favorite medium is wire and metal so currently among my favorite jewelry artists would be Sharilyn Miller, Janice Berkebile, Tracy Stanley, and Lisa Niven Kelly. Thanks for the chance to win this inspiring book.

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  16. I am inspired by many artist and artisans but Sharilyn Miller and Irina Meich for wire work sprang to mind first,then Marcia Decoster and Diane Fitzgerald for bead work. Richard Salley's work is amazing.
    But I have to say people like you, Andrew Thornton,Carmi and many other every/extraordinary/day people inspire me the most. Cause if you can create such beauty so can I.

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