Monday, August 13, 2012

Book Giveaway - 30 Minute Rings and Free Tutorials

By on Monday, August 13, 2012 48 Comments

We live in a time crunched society today.  It is indeed  hard to find the time to make jewelry.  However, there is a wonderful series of jewelry making books published by Lark Crafts which addresses this deficit. The projects can be made very quickly.


The 60 designs from 30-Minute Rings showcase  highly creative pieces by some of today's top innovative artisans.  The rings are guaranteed to draw attention to one's fingers!  I agree with the juror, Marthe Le Van who said,  "Your hands are among the most expressive parts of your body. They communicate joy and frustration, anxiety and experience, and love and hope with incredible fluency."

The book inspires readers to try new techniques, combine them and use unusual materials.  One such ring is the one made by Karen Rakoski.  She sanded, carved, sawed and scratched the ring from plastic plumbing pipe.  A dust mask or respirator should be used when working with this kind of material. As you can see from the free tutorial for this ring, the instructions do not include the typical step by step photography used in other books.

Karen Rakoski's Ring
Many of the projects require some experience with metal work techniques such as sawing and soldering in order to make the rings in the allotted time span.  It is worth the effort to learn and practice as you can make some really pretty rings. One of my favorites is Victoria Tillotson's beaded ring. You can check out the tutorial here.

Victoria Tillotson's Ring

Kenneth C. McBain's ring really does have a space age look about it. See how he accomplished the design in the PDF tutorial.

Kenneth C. MacBain's Ring

2 Roses Studio's ring also has a modern yet funky look!  The main part of the ring is black buna cord which is a type of synthetic rubber. The tutorial explains how to hide the cord ends within the brass spiral element.


Giveaway
I have a spare copy of this book so one lucky winner will be receiving it in the mail! If you wish to try your luck please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info if you do not have an online shop or blog.


Subscribers need to click on the post title to come to my actual blog. Scroll down and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank. Please leave an email at the very least so I can contact you easily if you win.

This giveaway is for US and Canadian readers only.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway,  those will count as additional entries too!  Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, August 20, 2012. I will pick a winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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48 comments:

  1. Looks like a great book. If you use ring blanks, you might be able to make the them in less than 30 minutes.

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  2. Looks like a fantastic book! I would certainly make some of the rings shown.

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  3. That is an excellent alternative!

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  4. Hi Pearl I would love to win this book. You give me some of my best ideas and this book would really help me have something more to offer when I do jewellery shows. I look forward to your daily emails and I open them first everyday.
    Thank you

    Jane Wallace

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  5. What a great giveaway! I LOVE rings---so fun and easy to change up your look to fit your mood!

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  6. I would love to win this book. Thanks for all the free tutorials. Your great!

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  7. Ohh this looks like so much fun to learn. I am a begginer making jewlery.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  8. I love the PVC Ring I can't wait to try it. Thanks for making a copy of the book as a giveaway.

    Cathy Sims
    blazingstars@yahoo.com

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  9. Love all of your projects!! Would love to win this book!!

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  10. Looks like this book will be a great inspiration!

    Weezers_beads@yahoo.com

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  11. Thanks for the opportunity! This book looks VERY interesting. Love rings!!!!

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  12. Would love to win your book!! Appreciate all of your totorials!

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  13. I am so glad that I found your blog! I have learned so much from you and your blog entries. The links you provide are wonderful.

    I am enamored of rings and would love to win a copy of this book

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Zan
    zanc@att.net

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  14. This book would look great on my shelf! Thanks, Pearl!

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  15. The author is correct. Hands commuicate a lot of messages. I wear mostly simple
    clothes, so that I can go crazy with accessories. They're my thing. Love this book already.

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  16. Would love to have this book. I make rings a lot and need some new inspiration. :)

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  17. I have been wanting this book for a while! Would love to win it!

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  18. I love the pvc ring, what a great idea.
    I LOVE your blog, wish i was into jewellry making when I lived in Halifax.

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  19. This looks like a fun book and I would love to win a copy!

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  20. Hey Pearl,
    Its Donna your #1 FAN and I'd LOVE to win this book, there looks to be some FUN rings in this series that I'd LOVE to try!!!
    Best of luck to all!!!

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  21. I WANT THIS BOOK!!!! I might just buy it for myself if I don't win it here :) I am a blog subscriber, Facebook fan, Twitter follower, and am about to go tweet about this....

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  22. Curious to see what can be done in 30 minutes! Count me in ;-)

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  23. I'd love, love, love a copy! valerietylerdesigns (AT YAHOO) DOT COM

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  24. What a wonderful book! I'd love to own a copy. Thanks for sharing!! The rings look cool. Can't wait to try the tutorials.
    Terry
    http://wired4style13.blogspot.com/

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  25. I would love to have it!! I'm a follower on FB, Twitter, Blog.....Please add me to your growing list. I still love all your interesting article!!!
    Carol
    DesigningIt4U@gmail.com

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  26. Pearl, I keep your Blog link on my "Blogs I'm Following" list on my iGoogle Home Page (and NOW they tell me that iGoogle is going "bye-bye" at the end of the year?!?)

    What will I do?? Where will I go every morning? (Maybe if I'm the lucky recipient of this cool book, I'll be SO busy creating wonderful rings that I won't notice??)

    Naaaaah...I need your Blog! (I'm still looking for an iGoogle substitute!) *pouting...just a little*
    Roxanne Napolitano
    Greensboro, NC

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  27. Beautiful, and interesting, book. Thanks for a chance at winning!

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  28. Pick me, pick me. I never win anything. But thats ok. I still greatly enjoy reading your journal. I am a regular subscriber.

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  29. No worries, Roxanne. You can use Google Reader or email subscribe to catch up with my blog. See this post for help - http://www.beadinggem.com/2007/10/how-to-subscribe-to-blog.html

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  30. Oh I would so love to win this book, it looks super!

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  31. Wow! Such a fabulous book! And I have so much collected "stuff" to make rings out of - I didn't realized they could be turned into rings until now!

    Thank you so much for sharing this. If I don't win the book I will certainly be putting it on my Wish List.

    :)

    megrjv@yahoo.com

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  32. Ooh, I've been wanting to make rings, this could be a great starting point!

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  33. I've been wanting to start making rings, this could be just the ticket! I'm a FB subscriber, subscribe on 2 Twitter accounts, and am an email subscriber.

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  34. I'd love a chance to win this book. I've tried rings once or twice and wasn't happy with them, so this book would be great.

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  35. I follow your blog.
    http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

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  36. I follow you on twitter. KayzKreationz

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  37. I follow you on facebook. KayzKreationz or Kay Thomerson

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  38. I tweeted about your giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/235353696500854785

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  39. Wow, this looks fantastic. I would absolutely love to win this book and try out one of the tutorials. Thanks for offering the great opportunity to expand our jewelry-making horizons!

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  40. Looks like a very inspirational book! I would love a chance to win.

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  41. Yvonne (yrd@hotmail.com)August 14, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Hi,

    I love rings and haven't made any in quite some time. It would be great to get a copy of this book on making rings in 30 minutes.

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  42. I love this book. Please count me in. I'm blog follower and I have US address thought I'm currently not there. Thank you.

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  43. Hi Pearl! I would love to improve my ring skills, so this book would be of great use to me!

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  44. I just made Victoria Tillotson's ring and it came out beautifully!! Thank you for the post;)

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  45. I'm so glad I was able to catch up on my reading and get the chance to enter before it was too late. This looks like a great book to inspire.

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