Monday, May 15, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway : New Stamped Metal Jewelry

By on Monday, May 15, 2017 41 Comments

Stamping metal jewelry has been a favorite method of personalizing designs for a long time.  But recently this metal technique has really ramped up with more complex stamping combinations.  Combined with other wire and metal work, the potential for all kinds of unique designs is infinite.

I recently received this latest book, New Stamped Metal Jewelry from the publisher, Interweave | F+W Media for review.  The authors, Lisa Niven Kelly and Taryn McCabe, demonstrate over 23 beautiful projects just how effective using multiple stamps can be.

The book does cover all the basics including the various tools and darkening solutions needed for stamping.   But the advanced techniques for example, intricate mandala making and words and phrases are what sets this book apart from Lisa's original metal stamping book. Both the authors emphasized again and again, the need to practice. A lot.  And being firm about striking.

The beginning of the book also incorporated numerous tips for edge stamping, half stamping and mandala stamping.  Also handy is the Tilt 'n Tap approach they share for beginners who struggle with stamping.

There are many, many stamps available these days (see this post about Impressart stamp sets and where to get them ) but the book also invites makers to really consider letter sets in different ways. When combined and used in multitude, they don't look like letters.  One example in the book has little m's all around the edge of a round disc.

Wire Entrapped Fancy Stone Pendant

Many stamping blanks in different shapes are readily available. But this book inspires one to use metal work techniques such as cutting and sawing as well as riveting to create custom shapes and layered designs.  Some of the larger bent metal designs require torch annealing to get the metal soft enough to properly shape it. All that stamping hardens the metal!  So while I expected to see a dapping block and punch like this one used, the authors preferred to use different pliers instead of a dapping block and punch as most of their designs are not round.

Stamped Chandelier Earrings
Punching holes in the metal pieces is also an essential technique to learn. The Wire Entrapped Fancy Stone Pendant, the Stamped Chandelier Earrings and the Wire Stitched Earrings are three splendid examples where multiple holes add to the design as well as allow for the wire connections.

The Dia De Los Muertos Pendant is a gorgeous example of how to create a two layer riveted design with depth built into the design. Holes are cut out of the eyes and nose for the top layer. The bottom layer has darkened stamping where those holes are.

Dia De Los Muertos Pendant

Wire Stitched Earrings

Riveted Plaque Ring

Riveted Bangle
I struggled to choose the designs to feature. And yet, after re-reading the book, there were other designs I felt should not have been excluded - the Peter Pan collar and the multi layered, mixed metal flower ring (top right on the book cover) are two which come to mind.  In short, the majority of the projects were stunning as well as innovative and they made it very hard to select!

I highly recommend this stamping book for learning and taking stamping to a higher degree of creativity. Truly inspirational.

If you'd like to win this giveaway for a copy of  New Stamped Metal Jewelry, 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, May 22 , 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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  1. This book looks so interesting and I already see some items I would love to try and make. Tracey (

  2. Just getting into stamping so would love this book!

  3. Metal stamping is very enticing. Would love a copy of this book.

  4. Wow what awesome ideas! I'm always looking for books that really help to stretch my creativity. Definitely going to put this book on my wishlist if I don't win it. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm always excited to see your emails in my box. You share so many great ideas. I save a lot of them. Thanks!

  5. I would so love this book. I totally need it.

  6. These look amazing and stretch my idea of what you can do with stamping!! Would love to learn about it more from this author. Blog follower, subscriber and facebook fan, I can be contacted at :)

  7. I am just beginning to metal stamp and would love this book. Thank you!

  8. This looks like a great book! I am a subscriber.

  9. Your newsletter is one of the best parts of my day!! I love project books and your reviews are clear and concise! This book looks amazing!

  10. I can understand why you struggled to decide which designs to feature! This book looks amazing. I've done some basic stamping, but I never thought about some of these ideas, like punching holes and using letters to make different designs. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

  11. These designs are lovely. I would love to learn more about stamping and riveting and this would be a wonderful resource.

  12. Pearl...I bought several tools for metal stamping and have yet to try it feeling a bit intimidated. Thank you for offering this! Maybe it will give me the courage to try it sooner rather than later.

    Thanks for always creating a wonderful newsletter!

  13. This is looking to be a great book, I'm a subscriber,

  14. This book looks amazing and is just the thing I need to get me started. Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Thank you for the opportunity to win this beautiful book. I am ready to run out and buy the book and supplies now.
    email subscriber

  16. This looks like a very interesting book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. hi. my name is marie-eve gauthier. and i'd love to win this book. my contact info are

  18. Would love to add this to my repertoire.

  19. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm not good at this so I need all the help I can get.

  20. What amazing designs! I would love to read more about her techniques. Please enter me in the drawing for this fabulous book!

  21. I am in love with that stamped ring. I would love to learn how to make a variety of different things with my stamps. I only make simple necklaces. I have one 2 year old grandson and a grand-daughter that was just born (5/13/17) that I want to make a memory necklace for their mom and of course grandma (me). This would really help out perfecting this part of my artistry, instead of just dabbling in all things.

    Major fan and follower.

  22. I have long wanted to try metal stamping and would love this book as a guide! Thank you for the opportunity to win it!
    Katrina Peebles

  23. I have the first book but would like to see the second book and hope that it can help me! Stamping is an artistic expression that is good for metals as well as leather in jewelry making.
    Carole Wilson

  24. This is book makes stamping so much of the design - love it! Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. My goodness this is a great book for a contest. I love all of the designs but prefer the Día Los Muertos. (via email)

  26. I am a beginner with this form of jewelry design, and I am willing to learn it and learn it right with the help of this book. Thanks Pearl.

  27. I would love to win this book! I'm part of Lisa & Taryn's Facebook Group Page. I love their informative videos which are always fun as well.

  28. I would love to try stamping and this book looks like just the one to start with

  29. I have the first book. I'm so glad there is a second one out.

  30. Would love to check this book out. Have been playing with stamping for a couple years now.

  31. Amazing giveaway. I'm trying to get into stamping now and can use all the lessons I can get.

  32. OMG - I do love stamping metal Pearl!

    With all the new stamps coming out these days I think we could all use some extra ideas on how to make the most of them!

    I also think that stamped metal jewelry stands out as definitely something that is handmade. Not only because of all the millions of way you can use a single stamp but also because no-one is perfect and the imperfections can often make the piece.

    Don't you just love those chandelier earrings? Simple but oh so effective!

    These two authors are so well known in this business that you just know it's going to be an excellent book even before you open it!

    Definitely chuck my name in there Pearl. I have to have this in my library!

  33. Oh I sure need this book!! Following on FB, blog, Twitter

  34. I would love this book! We do metal stamping!!!

  35. Please enter me for a chance to win. Thank you, Julie

  36. I would love to win this book. rocknutzazyahoodotcom

  37. Great giveaway!

  38. I would love to win this AWESOME prize thanks for the Chance!

  39. I'm an email subscriber
    Sarah Scott Oswald