Monday, November 7, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway | Exotic Adornments

By on Monday, November 07, 2016 41 Comments

If you think little seed beads cannot emulate the look of precious metals, think again! It always amazes me how small beads well put together can attain the look of luxury.  Such beautiful will have its admirers!


If you love beadwork and luscious designs, then you might well be interested in this book by Kelly Wiese - Exotic Adornments: 18 Luxurious Beadwork Jewelry Projects.  I recently received it from Interweave for review.  The bulk of the designs are necklaces and bracelets. But there is one ring and 3 earrings designs.


This book is not for beginners. It is best suited to intermediate and advanced beaders.  That's because, you do need to know a whole range of beadweaving stitches - RAW and cRAW, flat even count and circular peyote, flat and circular herringbone, circular netting, bead embroidery as well as the basic brick and ladder stitches.


All Squared Away Bracelet
The mainstay of the projects are metallic Japanese seed beads.  The majority of the designs look spectacular done in gold but there are a few done in silver tone beads.  Some of the designs are quite elaborate - the designer was inspired by Bollywood!  But others are simpler in style.

All That Glitters Lariat Necklace
The lariat necklace above as well as the Swag necklace at the end, shows how the designer cleverly imitates gold chain.  One of the my favorite designs was the Mixed Metal Cuff one shown below. An outstanding design which deserved its name. You have to look carefully to realize that it is not a hammered and embellished metallic cuff but one constructed from just seed beads!

Mixed Metal Cuff


Captured Crystals Necklace

Gala Necklace

Madison Avenue Bracelet

Swag Necklace
Definitely a book for beadwork lovers who like luxurious metallic designs!  A good balance between very elaborate designs which will take a lot of time to complete with easier designs.

Giveaway
If you'd like to win a copy of Exotic Adornments: 18 Luxurious Beadwork Jewelry Projects
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. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday,  November 14, 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!

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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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41 comments:

  1. Ooohhh! A lovely Christmas present for someone.

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  2. Such gorgeous work! I am constantly inspired by the talents of others!

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  3. Oohhh these are so gorgeous!! Love working with superduos and the like and I have quite a large stock of them to use-some spectacular designs like this would be great to utilise them. Blog follower, subscriber and Facebook fan, I can be contacted at retro-grrl@hotmail.com.

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  4. loving them all so excited to make the all squared away bracelet first I'm constantly inspired by your designs they are so beautiful thank you beading gem subscriber

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  5. stunning beadwork- would love to have. Blog follower.

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  6. Oh MY, such stunning work. Deal me in. I'm a complete follower...twitter, FB, blog!!!
    Carol.langston@gmail.com

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  7. OOOOooo I love the designs in this beautiful book! Crossing my fingers!

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  8. OOh loads of lovely ideas- I am terrible because I love metallic seed beads and have hardly done anything with them

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  9. What gorgeous designs! I can't imagine the work some of them take to create!!

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  10. Looks like a great way to get projects for a long dark winter. beadcontagion@gmail.com

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  11. Such elegant designs. It is amazing what can be done with seed beads!
    lorgonda@yahoo.com

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  12. What beautiful jewelry. Please add me to the list. I love working with beads and use them often in my kumihimo braids whether as an accent or the whole braid. And it goes without saying what they add to bead loom projects. I'm also a subscriber. Thanks again for providing such interesting and stimulating information.

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  13. Oh my goodness! Stunning designs of such elegance. Thanks so much Pearl for hosting these wonderful giveaways. Debra
    msd.katz@hotmail.com
    I'm a subscriber - pinned - shared - tweeted

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  14. How very regal. To finish any one of these would be such an accomplishment.

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  15. These pieces are ferociously awesome! I would love to add this to my library!

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  16. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to have it as a resource in my library. I love seed beads!

    Swillert@new.rr.com

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  17. What a cool book! I would love to have a new way to use my seed beads. chrisack54@gmail.com

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  18. WOW! These are Spectacular! I am ready to order beads now. Great for gifts and that exotic accessory for the holiday season. Plus a great first offering for my shop launch in 2017. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. maryc330@outlook

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  19. I really like these patterns, cannot wait to try them.padmacr@gmail.com

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  20. The Swag necklace looks very elegant. Thank you for this giveaway !
    I am a blog subscriber.
    voltzia@gmail.com

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  21. Kelly Wiese really does deliver on turning beads into great metal jewelry. I'd love to have this one.

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  22. I would love to win. I'm always looking for more challenging projects to create

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  23. What a lovely book! I'd love a chance to win it :)

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  24. I'd love to win this book. Th swag necklace is gorgeous. Thank you for this giveaway. I'm a suscriber.
    linda.lalibarte@hotmail.com

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  25. I would love to win this book!!!! I am always looking for new ways to use my seeming endless abd growing seed bead supply!!!!

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  26. I love the cuff and the madison avenue bracelet! It's truly amazing what those addicting little seed beads can turn into. ;)

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  27. All the pieces showing look gorgeous. Would be hard to decide what to make first.

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  28. Love the designs and have learned most of the weaves. Now to use them on a beautiful project. thanks for sharing. Facebook follower.

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  29. Wonderfully elegant designs, I'm with you Pearl, it is amazing what the author's done using seed beads. This book must be loaded with great information and tons of inspiration

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  30. Fabulous designs, very creative. Would be very excited to win Kelly's beautiful book. Thank you Pearl for this opportunity.
    Jackie at jroyis@shaw.ca

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  31. Awesome designs, truly great works of art. Love to include this book in my collection.

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  32. Such opulent and luxurious designs. Fabulous inspiration.

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  33. I have been wanting this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.
    dorism3560@gmail.com

    Doris Murphy

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  34. gorgeous designs and colors I do simple designs this would be awesome to learn.

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  35. A Christmas gift for me I hope.

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  36. Sheila Kingsmill Brown kingsmillb409@sky.comNovember 14, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Looks wonderful; cant wait to get going on some of these. I hope I win, If not I shall be buying or ask for a copy for Christmas. These projects look very special. Great talent.

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  37. I would love to own this book thanks for the chance to win!
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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