Monday, October 10, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway | Make It Sparkle

By on Monday, October 10, 2016 21 Comments

One thing I have learned through years of teaching beginners that they are in need of not just instruction but inspiration. They are at the start of their jewelry making journey and do not have more than the basic skills.  However, such is the beauty of this wonderful craft, that even with those few skills, they can still make stunning jewelry!

I recently received this book, Make It Sparkle: 25 Dazzling Jewelry Designs to Make Any Occasion Special  from Interweave for review.  The 25 designs in there are by Lindsay Burke as well as other contributors. Shown here are some of my favorites from the book.

All the designs are pretty and easy to do.  There is one added advantage especially for the bib necklaces such as the Bejeweled necklace below and the one on the cover.  They provide a lot of practice in making wire loops!

Rhinestone chain is very versatile.  Wire wrapping the chain to a bangle as show in the Pink Party design, is just one way to use them.  I liked her tip about adding a bit of glue to make sure the wire end stays put.  A good idea with beginners who may not be able to properly flatten the wire end to the work.

Lindsay also had another design (not shown) where you use special prong ends with loops for clasps. The last rhinestone of the chain on either end is placed in the prong ends. The prongs are then closed over the crystal. The loops of these prong ends are for jump rings so you can connect them to clasps.

Beginners are also led carefully through every project.  Even the bead order is given for the memory wire cuff design :
Absolute beginners will also appreciate the way the designers figured out crystal sizes as for the graduated earring dangles below.   More confident beginners will be able to adapt the basic design and explore different color combinations.

The book showcases just wire and beading wire use. There is no beading involved.
A beautifully photographed book with simple but stunning designs. Best suited for beginners in need of inspiration and who adore bling. Lots and lots of bling.  A great gift idea!

If you'd like to win a copy of Make It Sparkle: 25 Dazzling Jewelry Designs to Make Any Occasion Special
please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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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. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday,  October 17, 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 do receive a small fee for any products purchased through affiliate links. This goes towards the support of this blog and to provide resource information to readers. The opinions expressed are solely my own. They would be the same whether or not I receive any compensation.

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  1. No matter where you stand in your jewelry making journey I think you can always learn something new. Even if it's just one little tip then you're definitely farther ahead.

    Shiny! I love shiny and sparkly! My husband always says - 'Oh no it's shiny! She's in there!!' And then he stands patiently by while I ogle everything like a Magpie.....

  2. What beautiful samples are showcased here!

  3. Would love to win this....thank you for the opportunity!

  4. Ohhhh yes!! So keen for this!! I have loads of cup chain with a need for more uses for it and those ideas are beautiful-pleas teach me!! I can be reached at and I am a subscriber, blog follower and facebook fan!

  5. This book suits my level of expertise perfectly! Thanks for the chance to win it. I receive your emails.

  6. I'd love to win this book. I have a site: I am a subscriber, as well.

  7. Always glad to learn something new. Love your blog and like on Facebook Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  8. At last I can see a good book for beginners I would so wish to own it

  9. Looks good! via FB

  10. I love these!! via FB

  11. Some of these designs are indeed very simple but so elegant !
    Thank you for this giveaway,

  12. The projects in this book look like fun--thanks for hosting the giveaway! dmontaguejudd "at" gmail "dot" com

  13. I am always interested in learning something new in jewellery making! This book would teach me some new things. Thanks for the opportunity Pearl! See you at your next class in a few weeks.

  14. Always need another book especially one that has a lot of eye candy. Thanks
    marlene strait
    Blog subscriber as well.

  15. Hi Pearl, would love to win this book - would expand my learning and would love to try out the new designs -- - Jill

  16. It would be perfect for me! I would love to learn new things!

  17. What a beautiful book! Thank you for the chance to win, it would help me learn more about jewelry making.

  18. Just my style of jewelry! Would LOVE to win this book...thanks for the opportunity! Lana

  19. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this book. If I am the lucky winner you can reach me at

  20. never say no to a book.