Monday, May 8, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway : Jewelry Made With Wire and Fiber

By on Monday, May 08, 2017 39 Comments

I reviewed Nealey Patel's first book, Jewelry for the New Romantic, quite a while ago.  His amazing combination of beading with beading wire was so inspirational - a must see if you haven't come across his work before.  This Oklahoma-based graphics designer and associate creative director of a local advertising firm, started beading back in high school. He particularly enjoys teaching the craft.


Nealey has now come out with a new book which explores his take on wire, beads and fiber. I recently received it,  Jewelry Made with Wire and Fiber for review.  This book is totally different from the other book.  15 colorful and funky designs showcase his love of color and unique assemblage techniques. Beads and the patterned flat and round fiber cords he uses are what add considerable color to the projects.  The projects can definitely be done with muted neutral colors if preferred so long as an awl can easily be used to pierce through the cords in preparation for wire work as required for many of the designs.


The simple wire cold connection techniques used means there is no need for torch work. So this book is definitely within the capabilities of beginners.  Basic tools as well as a wire jig are all that are needed.
Piercing the cords as shown in many of the designs such as the Primal necklace and the Pandora earrings below,  allows for the addition of other design elements. This not only extends the pieces in size but creates lots of creative opportunities!

Wrapping wire around the cords also gives the designs more interest.  One of my favorite designs from the book is the Stardust necklace.  It's not just the wire coils accenting the colored fiber cord but also the geometric crystal caged wire beads from Jesse James Beads (they come in different colors) which caught my eye!

The mixed media Cocoon bangle with leather accents is yet another example of Nealey's way of using the wire to connect the fiber cord, leather and beads.

The designs in this book are certainly avant garde and non-traditional. A real treat for mixed media jewelry makers.  If nothing else, this creative designer inspires one to think outside the box.


Giveaway
If you'd like to win this giveaway for a copy of Jewelry Made with Wire and Fiber 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 hard copy if the winner is from North America. 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, May 15, 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 do receive a small fee for any products purchased through affiliate links which are provided as resource information for readers.   This goes towards the support of this blog. The opinions expressed are solely my own.  They would be the same whether or not I receive any compensation.

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39 comments:

  1. Woweee zowie, look at the colours! I'd love to be entered in the draw for this book. Thanks Pearl.

    Barbara
    www.artefaccio.blogspot.com

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  2. Would love to learn this and win the book! It looks amazing. kcookman (at) hotmail.com

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  3. Great designs! Very different than other wire and fabric designs. I'm a Facebook follower.

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  4. This book is very exciting. I love to do different designs and love doing wire work. sounds like a winning combo to me!
    corkerykathy60@gmail.com

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  5. I've been wanting to go in the direction of mixed media jewelry. This would give me guidance in getting started. The designs shown are amazing!

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  6. Just stunning. Yes, please, I'd love to learn about this technique.

    Thanks for the chance to win, Pearl 😉

    Blog an FB follower

    victoria_farrell at hotmail.com

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  7. Thank you for the book review with the pictures because now I'm totally intrigued with these 'mixed media' designs and tutorials. Normally, I don't mix fibre with metal, but now my mind is alive with the possibilities. Thank you, again!

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  8. Tamara mshugana@gmail.comMay 8, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    I fell in love with wire from the first time I took a class a year and half a go. I think I just fell in love again.

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  9. So eclectic and totally my style of design

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  10. Ooh looks fantastic! I have a wire jig already too, would love this book! Facebook fan, subscriber and blog follower, I can be reached at retro-grrl@hotmail.com.

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  11. Wowsers! What fun book. I really love this style of jewelry. Fiber and wire! The pictures are wonderful.
    Thank you Pearl for finding another wonder giveaway!!!
    zanc@me.com

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  12. OMG what a lovely looking set of jewellery I would love to win this I be reached on crisnlyd@msn.com fingers crossed

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  13. these look gorgeous I liked his first book which was hard to get hold of but very much worth the effort and it looks as if this one is going to be as good if not better I am definitely looking forward to getting my hands on a copy being both a Facebook fan, blog follower, mailing list subscriber and Pinterest follower as well

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  14. These designs are so unique and absolutely delightful! (except for the serpent one) :0)

    Who wouldn't want to make jewelry that stands out from the crowd like this!

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  15. Interesting designs ! Thank you for the giveaway,
    voltzia@gmail.com

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  16. This looks really unique and different as well as colourful. I absolutely love this kind of jewellery. Would love try a couple of his projects.
    ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  17. Cool stuff!!

    barbwilcox26@hotmail.com

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  18. Very cool! Would love to have this book!

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  19. This would be a wonderful addition to my jewelry making library. I love the designs! Please enter me in the drawing.

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  20. amazing,extraordinary.mixture.unique.pieces!!!.elori_98@yahoo.com

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  21. H Rose DrummondMay 8, 2017 at 7:32 PM

    Love his work for inspiration! have the 1st book and would enjoy this one too. ty
    H Rose Drummond
    auravisionrose@peoplepc.com

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  22. Such unique pieces. Looks like a lot of great ideas and fun. Thanks
    Marlene
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

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  23. I just enjoy looking at the uniqueness of each piece.

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  24. The intricacy of these pieces is intriguing. As a potter just entering jewelry making, I see these as highly engineered and fascinating. Please enter me in the drawing. www.StoneFlowerPottery.com

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  25. This work is so unique! It looks like a fascinating way to expand one's techniques. Thanks for the review and the give away!
    christineseverson1@gmail.com

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  26. What awesome jewelry! This combines my two loves of making jewelry and fiber crafting. Thanks for the great review, the beautiful photos, and the chance to win!

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  27. Absolutely incredible works of art. Love the various designs. Thank you for the review and a spectacular giveaway. mcd1264@gmail.com

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  28. I love fiber in jewelry design. In the pictures above, I saw so many possibilities and constructive ideas to incorporate fiber in jewelry, this book is a treasure. I am a blog follower.

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  29. Shared on Google+, too https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RosantiaPetkova/posts/dTaFw2U5sGM

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  30. Shared on Twitter https://twitter.com/RosantiaP/status/862244613393928193

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  31. What beautiful, creative designs! Love them!

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  32. Please, enter me in the draw for this book! Love the fun innovative designs! Thank you Pearl for hosting another giveaway! Cheers, Debra
    msd.katz@hotmail.com
    Pinterest and Twitter and I'm a blog follower! I really lover your blog!!!

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  33. So many original ideas ! This is a great giveaway ! Thank you ! I am a follower , and I would looove to win .

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  34. I would love to win this AWESOME prize thanks for the chance to win it!
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  35. Im an email subscriber
    sally0630@frontiernet.net
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    Sarah Scott Oswald
    pinterest.com/sally0630

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  36. HI Pearl,
    I would love a copy of this book, it looks like lots of fun! Thank You,
    Michele

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  37. I mix lots of stones/gems with wire, but not fibre - this looks like fun! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    deborah.collyar@gmail.com

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  38. This is the first I have heard of him and of the book as well, but I am already very much intrigued by it and can't wait to see and learn more! 💛 The style is so different & unique; which I Love! Thanks so much for offering this opportunity at a chance to win this amazing gift!
    ~Rachel ( R8chl937@yahoo.com )

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  39. I would love to win this book to enable me to learn a new method of jewelry making

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