Monday, May 9, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway | Hinged Clay Bracelets

By on Monday, May 09, 2016 36 Comments

Gloria Uhler is one very creative woman.  She shares a lot of inspirations - home decor, papercrafts, sewing, jewelry making - on her  Domestic Diva Online.  I've shared some of her jewelry tutorials before. One recent post was about how she used hardware hinges for polymer clay bracelets. Of all the jewelry techniques she uses, polymer clay is her favorite.

Gloria sent me her self-published book,  Hinged Clay Bracelets: New Ways To Link Polymer Clay Bracelet Parts for review. It is not a beginner book but one which concentrates on creative and technical polymer clay innovations to connect bracelet parts.  How much more fluid the design if it could be hinged.

Gloria has an incredible ability to come up with so many different ways to connect bracelet parts. The 25 projects are divided into 8 sections, each of which deals with a specific approach.  The book focuses on the step by step pictures.  The final project images are on the small side which is a pity because Gloria's designs are wonderful.

The wire section was one of my favorites as the designer used her imagination to use wire in totally different ways. Wire coil hinges is just one of them!

Coiled Wire Cane
Some of her design ideas were simple - the sort you see and then slap your forehead and wonder why you didn't think of it before!  One example is the chained chiclet bracelet where she use decorative chain to add interest to regular jump ring connections.

Chained Chiclet 
Another excellent section is the one which involves hardware hinges. The carefully chose hinge designs resulted in outstanding pieces where the metal work became not just the functional parts but the focals too.

Copper Front Mount Hinge
It doesn't have to be metal either!  The clay connections section had a number of great ideas including this tab hinge bracelet :

The designer also demonstrates how to use cord so the whole bracelet is flexible. 

Celtic Multi-Cord
The last two sections of the book deals with integrated magnets and clever ways to add hooks, loops and snaps. It's not just about the fastening angle but how to work with bracelet forms.  Gloria shows how you can make your own at the beginning of the book. 

This book assumes you know how to bake/cure clay, sand, buff and are familiar with glazes etc. So there are no specific instructions on those steps.

It is however filled with lots of tips and ideas to take your own clay creations much further. Gloria also covers how she uses a stencil cutting machine not only to cut her own stencils but to cut clay as well!  That opens up new directions!

Highly recommended for clay artists who love to make bracelets!  Having said that, I think many of the techniques could also be applied to some necklace designs.

If you'd like to win a copy of Hinged Clay Bracelets: New Ways To Link Polymer Clay Bracelet Parts 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 for US and Canada 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. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday,  May 16 , 2016. 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!

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.

Before You Go:
Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
Jewelry Making Tips - Wire JewelryTips  -Jewelry Business Tips 



  1. Wow,what creative ideas for polymer clay connections. Love this.
    Ewinokur1@gmail. Com

  2. What an innovative and useful book for us polymer clay lovers!

  3. How gorgeous! It's good to know there's a book that helps you make beautiful designs like these. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!

  4. Oh Pearl, I actually had my eye on that book. Would love to win it.

  5. Very interesting use of materials and so creative!

  6. A problem that I have been working on, great ideas. Thank you Pearl. Blog follower:

  7. Would love to win this. Thanks you for the opportunity!

  8. I would love a look at this book! Perhaps a winner I shall be.
    Thank you for the opportunity

  9. I've done some polymer clay bracelets with jump rings for links. I never thought of hinges. Her projects with the hinges are so much more polished looking. I love the cord one, too. Spring hinges never crossed my mind, even. What a clever artist!

  10. These hinge ideas are so clever and varied. More fun ways to design with polymer clay!
    Thank you for the review on this wonderful book.

  11. Are you kidding me?! She's offering a giveaway of her book! Yowza!!!!!!!

    I'm wondering what I can offer Lady Luck this time? Hmmm - maybe I should get 'The Man' to enter for me - he is always winning things! And Boy-O-Kelly I'd love to win this one too! (sorry Helen if I do)

    You know the routine Pearl. Chuck my name in there. Maybe fold the virtual edges in a certain pattern so that the machine picks my name this time around... (again - Sorry Helen if it does)...


  12. This sounds so interesting. I'd love to learn how to make a hinged clay bracelet.

  13. Just tweeted about your post and giveaway.

  14. Oh, a new polymer clay book! Lord knows I can use all the help I can get. This book would help me step up my game.
    jsarina at yahoo dot com

  15. Well I never would have thought to use hardware like that in jewelry. How creative.

  16. What an interesting looking book. Thanks for a chance to win.

  17. Such an amazing giveaway. I love making bracelets and I'm very interested in learning more about polymer clay.

  18. Great idea using hardware in polymer clay pieces. Lots of possibilities. Just retired so now have lots more time to try creative pieces.

  19. Ohhhhh myyyyy gooodnessss! gods, goddesses, powers that be, Lady Luck, rabbit foot/feet, lucky coin ... please! and Thank you!

  20. Domestic Diva is so clever! I love her blog and I would love to have hr book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  21. This looks great. A group of us get together to play with clay and would love to add this to inspire us.
    I follow on bloglovin, tweeted, g+,pinned and emailed.
    Thanks Pearl

  22. Wow! This looks like an amazing book. Would love to learn how to make this type of bracelet. Funny but I've been examining hinges for a few months trying to decide how to use them.

  23. Amazing ideas-just from what you've shown. A long time ago I wondered if there was a way to hinge a piece I wanted to make.. Couldn't come up with anything so just scrapped that idea! Glad someone has come up with ideas.

  24. WOW, what a fabulous book! I am just learning about poly clay, and this book would put my reference collection where I need it in order to start my line of jewelry. Thank you, Pearl! (Cathy Barron)

  25. Hi Pearl! Thanks for another great giveaway! This would be an awesome book to win. I just love seeing new innovative ways to make bracelets. Debra
    I subscribe, follow, tweet

  26. I have never seen this book before. How genius!! I would love to win a copy of this. If I don't I am definitely going to purchase it. Thanks for the chance to win this copy!

    I am a blog follower. Yours is one of my favorites to read!

  27. I love to learn things. This looks amazing!
    It would be wonderful to win! Thanks for opportunities

  28. My email is it shows : Ken's sweetheart 1956@Gmail. Com. I hope that this hasn't keep me from entering/winning orizes.

  29. I would love this book to learn even more on making amazing bracelets!
    Thanks Pearl!

  30. I'd really love to win this book- I make all kinds of Polymer Clay bracelets and I love Gloria's works!

  31. Use small hardware and wrapped wire hinges on my boxes and some pendants,learned from a Tory Hughes workshop. Would love to explore this technique further and this book seems to be the perfect medium.

  32. This book would be a wonderful addition to my library - a 'go-to' right beside Bettina Welker's 'Bracelet' book!

  33. Love hinges and their use here. I've always thought of hardware as Jewelry for the home and garden.

  34. I'd love to have this book. I went to the link to see if it was available for kindle because I didn't want to wait but it's not available in kindle so here I am trying to be patient and hoping I win. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.