Monday, December 14, 2015

Book Review & Giveaway | DIY Wrap Bracelets

By on Monday, December 14, 2015 51 Comments

Wrap bracelets have been around for ages but they never seem to lose their popularity. Perhaps it's because of the tribal look. Or the ease in which they can be made. Whatever the reason, they are comfortable to wear and have infinite possibilities in terms of colors and style. Many people love wearing several together.



DIY Wrap Bracelets by Keiko Sakamoto is a book all about this style of jewelry which I received for review.  The English edition publisher is Fons & Porter Books.  The author was a florist for over 10 years before launching her bead cafe where people could learn to make jewelry in a relaxed atmosphere!

Beaded Square Knot Bracelet
The book consists of 28 projects divided into 4 sections : Wrap Jewelry, Friendship Jewelry, classic Jewelry, Global Jewelry.  Some of the projects are very similar to tutorials found on the internet especially the wrap and braided bracelet styles. They are popular with craft bloggers!  But what makes this book different are the variations and ideas and all in one convenient volume.

Wave Bracelets
For example the Wave bracelets are refreshing takes on the ever popular basic wrap bracelet style.  I also liked how the designer came up with the look of loom beading with the Woven Bead Cuffs design idea.


The techniques used in the book included wrapping, braiding, macrame, and beading - easy ones for beginners and up. There were also a few necklaces. For example, the necklace version of the Sparkling Chiffon bracelet below had an additional chain section.

Sparkling Chiffon Bracelet (braided)
One particular technique I liked was the beaded wire wrap for bracelets and a choker below.  The beads were prestrung on wire before it was wound around the bracelet or choker base.  Simple enough but very effective for designs. Different seed bead colors and their relative placements makes for individual designs.


The Beaded Brooch bracelet was all about making a bead embroidery piece.  But what is clever is the use of just a length of ribbon for changing each brooch into a bracelet.  The designer included instructions (in the Tips and Tricks section) on the 2 different ways to tie on the ribbon, single handed.  Seeing how ribbons can so easily be worn on the wrist will make converts out of those who shun such materials.
Beaded Brooch Bracelet 
One of the prettiest designs was the Crystal Wrapped bangle.  The embroidery floss is used not just to hold the crystal cup chain together but also to add color to the design.

Crystal Wrapped Bangles
The book presentation is a bit unusual and somewhat inconvenient.  Final project pictures were displayed at the beginning of each of the four sections.  So it requires some flipping through to find each of the full project instructions further along in the book.

Having said that, it is a delightful book for those who love the wrap style of jewelry.  Makes for a perfect gift for a younger beader you might know.

Giveaway

If you'd like to win a copy of DIY Wrap Bracelets please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is international. 
If the winner has a non-post box US address, the prize will be a physical book.  Otherwise it will be an eBook.

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, December 21 , 2015 . I will pick the 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!

Disclosure
I receive books and products for review.  I do receive a small fee for any products purchased through affiliate links.   The opinions expressed are solely my own.  They would be the same whether or not I receive any compensation.

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51 comments:

  1. Thanks for presenting this book. I like the variety of designs. Iwould be happy get this giveaway. Best regards Patricia

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  2. I really like these designs! This book would be a great addition to my library.

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  3. OMG! I would be one happy lady if I win this book! thank you for the chance!
    Shuga217@gmail.com

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  4. I love wrap bracelets and have made many different versions and colour ways. This book definitely will be a plus for me with all her cool new looks and techniques.
    vanese@logic.bm

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  5. As a newcomer jewelry making bracelets have been my new hobby. This book looks amazing! Would love to win a copy if not will have to run to the bookstore to take a peek. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win! 😀

    KimMJ
    bast830@comcast.net

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  6. Please and thank you! Would love to win this awesome giveaway.
    Julie
    julie@ijule.net

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  7. DIY Wrap Bracelets appears to contain some new and creative ideas and I'd love to have a copy of it. Thank you. Via email

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  8. Hello! Trying my luck at this giveaway , I am a follower , and I am sure I could find nice ideas for myself or for others in this book .

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  9. I always like to hear about new slants on old methods. Would certainly like to receive the book. The author is certainly innovative.

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  10. I have been making plenty of these and would love new inspiration. Blog follower: zoowatcher10@yahoo.com

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  11. This looks like some winter fun. Making new bracelets while it is cold outside, I am a blog subscriber, FB follower and I pinned the giveaway.
    zanc@att.net

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  12. I've made many things, but never a wrap bracelet! It would be nice to learn. Thanks!

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  13. Ooh I love these! Blog subscriber and follower, contactable on retro-grrl@hotmail.com :)

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  14. These projects would be fun to do with my teen daughter. Thanks for sponsoring!
    dmontaguejudd "at" gmail "dot" com

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  15. What a great giveaway Pearl!

    Keiko has certainly come up with some really lovely wraps!

    I have to admit - I'm one of those who shuns ribbon around the wrist because I have so much trouble with any type of clasp due to arthritis. I'm always struggling trying to figure out an easier way to put on bracelets and necklaces - even when I'm doing it for others.

    Chuck my name in there my friend - I'll give it a whirl!

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  16. The designs in this book are really cute. I would love this giveaway!!!!

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  17. Great ideas for the wrap bracelet. I would really enjoy making some gifts from this book! Thanks Pearl!

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  18. I love the designs in this book. I would love to do these designs with my daughters. Email: sgraham1106@gmail.com

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  19. Please and thank you! Would love to win this awesome prize. I'm a subscriber, FB follower. Merry Christmas.
    andree.caron@yahoo.ca

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  20. I'm interested in being a part of this giveaway and I'm a follower of your blog.

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  21. I am looking to expand the inventory in my jewelry shop and this book is perfect for ideas to get me started. Thanks for sharing!

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheMulberryLeaf

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  22. These look like so much fun. I've been wanting to learn how to do a wrap bracelet. This would be great.

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  23. Just tweeted about your review and giveaway. I love the differences you talked about in the review.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/676555561983348736

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  24. The projects look very interesting. It would make a nice addition to my jewelry making books.
    I also follow your blog.
    Thanks for the chance to win this book.

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  25. This book has a lot of great ideas for wrap bracelets ...which I love making...so I would love to win this giveaway! Thank you!
    Judy Saunders
    www.etsy.com/shop/rosewind

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  26. I would love to make these with my nieces. This looks like great fun! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  27. Sounds like an interesting book. Would love to add it to my library. Thanks for the chance!
    dragonswing15137 at yahoo dot com

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  28. I am a blog follower and would love to have this book.
    dragonswing15137 at yahoo dot com

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  29. Wrap bracelets always seem popular. I think they look great with the casual world we live in. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  30. This would be great!I've been trying to learn new jewelry making techniques, so I can start participating in craft fairs and markets.

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  31. I keep trying. Haven't won yet but I will not give up. I know one of these times I am gonna get lucky. Good luck everyone. jdbabygirl57@yahoo.com

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  32. I love the look of the woven cuffs !
    Lsong31"at"Yahoo.ca

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  33. Greta Marullo gdmar@comcast.netDecember 15, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Wow! Would I love to win this book. It is exactly what I have been wanting to learn. Perfect timing Pearl! Thanks. I am a blog subscriber.

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  34. I've made several of these bracelets in classes at an art league here in East Texas. This book would give me more ideas! Thanks for the generous giveaway.

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  35. This book looks awesome! I've done very little of this kind of work and would love to learn it :)

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  36. I would really love to learn how to do this. Would love to win this book. Just tweeted again about the review and giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/677256284932931585

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  37. I am a long time beader and own my own business. As a new wire worker, this book would be a valuable addition to my library. I'm hoping to win!

    KLN pobox836@gmail.com

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  38. I love the look and sound of this book. Just tweeted again about the review and giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/677592517869604864

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  39. How lovely to be involved in your fun giveaway . Such a great looking book. Love me some wrap bracelets and would enjoy adding to my repitoire of styles I make. Thank you

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  40. Tweeted again about the review and giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/678220205953187841

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  41. Wow! I love the look of wrap bracelets!. I am presently addicted to Kumihimo and would love to learn this new skill. Thanks for your generosity.

    lori_hobson@hotmail.com

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  42. Beautiful designs, with a variety of styles. I like it!

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  43. Looks like a wonderful book!!!! Would love to have a book like this as I love wrap bracelets.....thank you for the opportunity to win!!!!

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  44. Love the sound of this book. Would love to win it. Just tweeted again about the review and giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/678709154215661568

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  45. Thanks, Pearl, for yet another great review and giveaway!

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  46. I would love the chance to win this book and increase my knowledge ...thank you

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