Monday, March 6, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway : Global Style Jewelry

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It's not what you use but how you use it that counts.  That's a design philosophy well worth remembering.  Using simple techniques, a creative designer can come up with stunning designs with color and pizzazz. The trick is to find and put the right things together using inspirational sources. This book shows how you can do just that.


I received Anne Potter's Global Style Jewelry: Inspiration and Instruction for 25 Exotic Beaded Jewelry Projects from Interweave |  F+W Media for review.  It is a book I had been eager to have a look at and it didn't disappoint.

The author, who has a healthy dose of travel lust, organized her book like a world tour, covering all five continents.  She sometimes included fascinating historical tidbits as well as the descriptions of the different artisans she had encountered during her travels.

Each design is either inspired by a city or country.  The author had many great ideas so choosing a sampling for this review was not easy!


The bib style necklace on the front cover is the Incan Quipu necklace (Peru). It was her interpretation of traditional quipus. These knotted strands were the Incan way of accounting.

The Gaudi Tile bracelet below is a resin clay based design inspired by Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain which was designed by famed architect, Antoni Gaudi. He created many mosaic pieces.

Gaudi Tile Bracelet inspired by Spain
The Iznik Tile earrings is a simple design with clever wiring of components.  The brass, color and shape choices were in keeping with traditional Turkish architectural designs.  In the suppliers section at the end of the book, the author lists where she obtained many of the components used in the book.

Iznik Tile Earrings inspired by Turkey
There were a few memory wire cuffs in the book, each with a different color palette inspired by a place.  The cuffs all looked spectacular as there were multiple strands. I loved the African inspired Maasai cuff  (not shown) with its nod to African trade beads.

The opulent Aspara cuff below also included a wire wrapped crystal chain section.  The wire "pin" which linked all the strands together should have been at least 16 G so it doesn't bow as below.
Apsara Cuff Bracelet inspired by Cambodia
I also loved how she linked many brass filigrees for her unique take on Indian bridal henna art!  The result is this bracelet which included a finger loop.
Mehndi Hand Bracelet inspired by Gujarat
Simple beading techniques can also be used for mandala style jewelry as shown by this example :
Print Block Earrings inspired by Bagru
The large rose beads do remind one of Frida Kahlo!

Frida Kahlo Earrings inspired by Mexico
This book is a delight for beginners as well as those stuck in a design rut. Truly inspirational with many tips on how to use components and simple techniques well!

Giveaway
If you'd like to win this giveaway for a copy of  Global Style Jewelry: Inspiration and Instruction for 25 Exotic Beaded Jewelry Projects , 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. The book will be a physical copy if the winner is based in the US. 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, March 13, 2017. 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 receive books and products for review. I also 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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42 comments:

  1. Looks like a great resource for covering various types of media n their best uses! I like the look of it, n would love to win it. Blog follower, subscriber & facebook fan, can be reached at retro-grrl@hotmail.com

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  2. Gjrupnow@gmail.comMarch 6, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Would love to add this to my jewelry library!

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    1. Beautiful jewelry...great designs. Blog, FB twitter follower.
      Carol
      DesigningIt4u@gmail.com

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    2. It looks like a beautiful, inspiring book. Thank you for giving us a chance to win it.
      Your blog is always full of wonderful items.
      --Lyone
      lyonefein@yahoo.com

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    3. I have never tried polymer clay but now after seeing the bracelet in this book I would love to try it. The rest of the projects are just my style

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    4. Kathy - just wanted to point out that the colorful tile bracelet is made with glass tiles set in epoxy resin clay. There is no baking involved unlike polymer clay.

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  3. I would love to have a book like this. It is something totally different than anything I already own.

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  4. Pearl you've done it again. Sparked more interest for using many different forms of media. Thank you. I would love to win this one. ginhuntoon@comcast.net

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  5. Reminds me of more bohemian times. Love the colors and interest of the pieces shown here.

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  6. I see inspiration for my polymer clay just in the pics you posted. I know it is not a polymer book but inspiration is every where. I can always use design ideas and this looks great.
    Thanks Pearl for another great giveaway offer.
    I am a FB follower and a blog subscriber.
    zanc@me.com

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  7. I LOVE those tile earrings and my head is spinning with ideas similar to that. It's all very inspiring and I would so love to win the book. I'm a blog follower and subscriber and remain amazed at the breadth and scope of the information you deliver to the beady community. Thanks Pearl!

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  8. I'd love to have this book! I have had a the pleasure of living in Asia, Europe & the US. I am so inspired by our worldly travels.
    NerissaAlfordDesigns[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  9. These look amazing. The designs are beautiful and the idea behind the books is awesome.

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  10. So many beautiful and inspiring designs! I'd love to win this book!
    sweetgirldesign1@gmail.com

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  11. Oh, how interesting! New projects unlike what I've done before!!! Would love to have in my library!!!

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  12. Looks fantastic. I love the idea of touring the world for different styles.

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  13. I could really USE this kind of inspiration....the bracelet!....those tile earrings!

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  14. This looks so interesting. Would love to win it and check it all out.

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  15. Just tweeted about your post and giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/838824513756409856

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  16. Would love this book for my library of stitches for beading. Thanks for the chance to win it.
    andreecaron67@gmail.com

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  17. Isn't it fabulous that someone has taken their travels around the world and used that to document the variety in styles of jewelry - and then offered it to the rest of us in a how-to!

    Coming from a gypsy background with a huge wanderlust I'm totally jealous on one hand and absolutely eager to delve into the different countries to discover what is offered.

    Just viewing different styles of jewelry is a huge boost to my creativity muse and gets me into my studio. If you're a lover of shiny then you can never look at too many how-to's no matter if they are dedicated to beginners or advanced. I think everything becomes an inspiration for what comes out of your own special creativity core.

    These designs look fabulously bohemian and are where my mind goes when I want to create - but unfortunately my fingers never agree. This how-to is perfect then.

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  18. Would love to have this! I have a great collection of Beads from around the world and need ideas.

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  19. Greta gdmar@comcast.netMarch 6, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    This looks like a good one. I am a blog follower.

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  20. this would be awesome to add to my collection and would be so fun to try out

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  21. I would love to win this book. It looks like a collection of lush, beautiful, exotic jewelry!

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  22. seems like a treasure trove..
    srisen2001@yahoo.co.in

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  23. Looks like a very inspirational book....could use one right now.....am in a creative desert.

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  24. Looks great! Email subscriber - amandam@pobox.com

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  25. Lovely book full of unusual ideas. Would love to win it. Blog follower and everything else. (sorry, am very sick)
    Marlene Strait
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com
    Thanks

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  26. I have learned so much from your blog! This book would take me one step further. I rarely make something exactly as described. A resource like this would really trigger my imagination and creativity!

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  27. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas you give us.

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  28. This book is a real treasure that I would love to win! Thank you Pearl for the opportunity.
    kathy@beadify.com

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  29. I would love to add this book to my small collection as I am reintroducing myself to macrame after being away for a long time. Beading and micro macrame is relaxing.
    peggy.coffey58@gmail.com

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  30. I would love to win this awesome prize thanks for the chance
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  31. Im an email subscriber
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    Sarah Scott Oswald
    pinterest.com/sally0630

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  32. Looks like an amazing book. Lovr that she was able to capture the feel of countries with readily available items.
    Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway.

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  33. This is awesome, please count me in. Blog subscriber.

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