Monday, May 29, 2017

TierraCast's Dulce Vida Collection Giveaway | Easy Beginner Jewelry Making Tutorial and Tips

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TierraCast has recently released a new collection aptly called Dulce Vida (Spanish for sweet life). What could be sweeter for creative souls but to spend the days of their lives making jewelry? TierraCast makes high quality, lead-free cast pewter charms and components in northern California. Note : they are wholesalers but you can easily buy their components from various retailers like Fire Mountain Gems.



I received samples from the Dulce Vida collection as well as their latest charm designs for review. I've bought pewter charms for years but none can beat the quality of those from TierraCast.  Well designed and well made.

The Dulce Vida collection designs are clearly inspired by nature.  They are dark in tone as they have been antiqued in just two tones - antiqued pewter and brass plated pewter.  I wonder why they didn't do this collection with antique copper? That metal color would look great too!

What stands out is these pieces are all double-sided as you can see in the pairs I have laid out below. So you could make reversible jewelry.  Or mix and match the designs by simply flipping over the components. I think it was a clever idea to be able to extend your design options in this way.

Some of the components are slightly domed so these may not be suitable for actual reversible designs but the finish on the back will be far more interesting than the plain variety.


The larger components also had raised elements giving these the look of riveted pieces. 

I was momentarily perplexed when I saw these. You can guess what they are, right?  (Answer below if you don't).


I had fun designing some easy pieces using the Dulce Vida.  I simply linked the components together with jump rings.

Pick big enough jump rings so the bracelet is fully articulated.  If the ring is too small, the components will overlap as below :

Ring too small
As with any design, it is important to "play" with the components.  I wanted to add one of TierraCast's newest charms - the Strength and Beauty Collection. These include the Egyptian Eye of Horus, Om symbol, Lotus flower, recovery symbol and so on. Shown below are some of them :


But really, the collection's toggle clasps were perfect for what I had in mind - the round toggle clasps as well as the rectangular jardin designs in both colors are just lovely.   Also check my past tutorial on how to wire a toggle clasp into a pendant! If you do, just be aware some slight modification of the wiring path is needed because the metal loop on the bar is situated differently in this case.

Whenever possible, double up jump rings for extra security. I went with 3 rings purely for looks!   Also consider thicker gauge jump rings. These were all 18 G rings. Also note the smaller ring at the bar end of the clasp. That was necessary to enable the bar to go through the other side as the jump rings I was using were a little too big for the toggle interior.   



The matching earrings :

My favorite piece from the whole collection was the Heart charm.  Rather than using their double holed connectors, I made this charm into a connector by simply punching an extra hole. If you are a beginner, you will find this simple pliers punch a useful tool for expanding design capabilities. I find the 1.8 mm hole puncher more useful than the smaller 1.25 mm one.


Some light filing is necessary to smooth down the metal.  You can easily get some inexpensive needle files from your local hardware store.


Both the toggle and the heart charm made this bracelet pretty!

This is definitely my new favorite bracelet to wear!  I like my toggle clasp bracelets to just fit rather than be looser (and run a risk of becoming undone).

Those strange components were studs with the posts folded down for shipping! So I took my chain nose pliers and gently straightened the posts to where they should be.  I also prefer to use post backs or ear nuts with a generous surface area. These are more comfortable to wear and you are less likely to drop them when putting on the stud earrings. Been there, done that.



Giveaway
If you'd like to win your very own collection of TierraCast's Dulce Vida components for your jewelry designs, 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.  

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, June 5, 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!

Photography
I used natural light, my iPhone 6S with the ProCamera app and the Modahaus TS400 tabletop studio for final product photography. The tutorial pictures were taken with the same equipment but with artificial lights in my windowless basement studio. Check out my How to Photograph Jewelry Webinar .

Disclosure
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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78 comments:

  1. Ooh so much tierracast goodness!! I'm a blog follower, subscriber and Facebook fan, can be reached at retro-grrl@hotmail.com, fingers n toes crossed!!

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  2. Love, love, love! Please throw my hat into the ring (pun intended)!

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  3. These new findings certainly stimulate the creative juices. Would love to play with them. Thank you for your comments.

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  4. I can see why this line is called dulce vida these components are rich and beautiful. I would love to have My hand at creating with these. Thanks for the show and tell and for the giveaway.
    I love your blog and look forward to it being in my inbox!

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  5. I've always loved Tierra Cast--beautiful, well-made and interesting to work with. I'd love to win these elements!! - Amy Tich (amytich@gmail.com)

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  6. Christine GenestMay 29, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Ohh!! So pretty!
    Good luck to every one that enters

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  7. I love TierraCast components, Pearl.Sturdy, functional, and beautiful. And always coming out with new things to play with.

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  8. would love to win. TierraCast has great components.

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  9. I would be so extremely grateful to win this collection.

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  10. Oh wow! I'm in love with these components! These will be awesome to work with!

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  11. I would love to win these components ! Thank you for the giveaway,
    voltzia@gmail.com

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  12. Love these and would be happy to have them. Follower of blog, Twitter, FB
    Carol
    Designingit

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  13. Those would be so much fun to work with. I'll have to look for them.
    Irene (ilenihan@yahoo.com)

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  14. Beautiful! The components look like they were made of metal clay which would lend a more "handmade" feel to the finished pieces. And yes, I would love to win some

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    1. That is a great observation, Divya. Yes, they do have the metal clay look about them without the work and having to use a torch or kiln!

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  15. Wow these are fabulous. If I don't win these, I will definitely be buying some. Love the bracelet!

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  16. Thanks for all the ideas in this post! I love the idea of putting these lovely components together in a bracelet. And the tip on multiple jump rings will help with all kinds of jewelry. I like the way the three jump rings look. And thanks for the chance to win too! pk_sews at yahoo dot com

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  17. These look fabulous! I got a lot of ideas just from looking at the pictures.

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  18. Wow...the details on the components are gorgeous ! Pick me...pick me! Thanks Pearl!
    Ginhuntoon@comcast.net

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  19. Long time TerraCast user! Especially love the designs and the color of this Dulce Vida Collection!! Would like to have this prize to create something different and beautiful!

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  20. These are lovely. I have always been impressed with the quality of the Tierra Cast findings. I would love to put these in my jewellery.
    ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  21. These are amazing! Your use of them in your designs is fantastic too. Would love to win.

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  22. Love! Especially the earring possibilities!

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  23. Thanks for showing these - they really are very interesting. Now to find them in the Fire Mountain catalogue/website. Are they under a specific name or randomly scattered?

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    1. Hi Bonnie, You can search there under TierraCast - here is the link to use http://bit.ly/2s6TlY2 (affiliate link). Their products are all beautiful and high quality.

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  24. Love the new line, please enter me into contest. Carol at
    cabarnp@ yahoo.com

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  25. I have used a few of these charms already and they really are nice. I especially like the brass color....it feels warmer to me than silver. I also like the fact that they are two sided....a useful design feature.

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  26. Too many ideas whirling in my mind. Thank you Pearl. Subscriber: zoowatcher10@yahoo.com.

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  27. I have very few components in my supplies for beading and wire work. Thanks for he chance to win.
    a.p.brad@rogers.com

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  28. They look like earring posts that somebody stepped on. But please, enter me into the contest. Penny at penny.hammack@gmail.com

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  29. I have two favourite component designers and Tierra Cast is one of them. As you say - the quality of their components is excellent and their designs are definitely drool worthy.

    The fact that these components can be used alone or by adding one other piece is a huge draw for me. I often find that customers prefer a simple elegant piece rather than something intricate and highly embellished.

    I'm delighted to see the earring studs as well. It's not easy to find a quality earring stud that is different from the herd...always my go-to... something different - so my jewelry can stand out from the crowd as well.

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  30. Love the new Tierra Cast line. would love to win this one for sure. smmamabird@aol.com

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  31. Love Tierra Cast and would love to win this new line to work with. cwaldie1@shaw.ca

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  32. Nice designs
    Yogawisdom@msn.com

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  33. Lots of ideas in this post! Pearl, your creativity and Tierra Cast!s pieces make for beautiful pieces. I agree with the post above that these pieces look like metal clay.
    I am a blog subscriber and a FB follower.
    zanc@me.com

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  34. Love, love, love these!
    katrina@katrinapeebles.com

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  35. I love, love, LOVE Tierra Cast! I'd love to own this collection. Hope you pick me! :o)

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  36. I adore this collection! It would be so "sweet" to win this giveaway! I'm a blog follower, twitter,facebook,google & subscriber. I may be reached at 8801284@gmail.com

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  37. This would be a great collection to work with, karlynr@gmail.com

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  38. These Tierra Cast components are Delicious! I would love to win them.. Jean.Gimena@gmail.com please and thank you.

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  39. oh my goodness! I just love Tierra Cast components and would be delighted to win this! Thanks Pearl and Tierra Cast for the chance! ttangles@yahoo.com

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  40. With all the stuff that Terracast sells, you would think that they would run out of fresh ideas- wrong! I love the heart and other domed pieces. I especially love that they added the element that makes it look more 3D with pieces sticking out. Just reading the review and seeing your creations made me think of a ton more possibilities. I would love to win this collection so I can create some new beauties.

    lorimahan71@gmail.com

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  41. Love Tierra Cast quality and this new line - reminds me of Precious Metal Clay!

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  42. I would like to enter:
    TierraCast's Dulce Vida Collection Giveaway
    Findings are just adorable! Creations are awesome. Can't wait to create!

    savagebonnie@rocketmail.com

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  43. This collection look amazing! I would love to win this! I'm already designing in my head. And Pearl, your creations are beautiful!
    Thanks,
    Sara Shklee@hotmail.com

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  44. Would love to have these to play with. Catherine.brockman25@gmail.com

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  45. Thanx so much for all the info. Love the designs

    Bast830@comcast.net

    Kim MJ

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  46. Rochelle TheodoreMay 29, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Beautiful components. Thanks for reviewing them and for giving us a chance to win some. I enjoy your blog very much.

    rochelleth@hvc.rr.com

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    1. Wow! Love the collection and would love to win this.

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  47. love, love these.
    marlene strait
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

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  48. I get excited when you make things to spark our creativity. The TierraCast Pewter charms are some of my favorites and this collection will also be some of my "Sweet" enjoyable supplies. Thanks for the chance to win this collection. I also appreciate the handy hints you share when doing your reviews. A winning product and a Winning blogger.
    Subscriber, Tweeted

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  49. These are really nice components. they would work in many designs.

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  50. Cute collection! I'm a blog follower (through Bloglovin') and a FB follower too. melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com

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  51. So many lovely goodies to create some amazing pieces. Thanks for the chance to win.
    DoinWire at gmail dot com
    Sue

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  52. I LOVE these, especially the heart too. thanks for the opportunity.

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  53. It's been awhile since I won anything online. I would REALLY LOVE to win this one. This stuff is just my style and I have so many design ideas going thru my head already!!!!!

    Agamemnonfury@gmail.com

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  54. I love LOVE all TierraCast's products! I have been dying to create some pieces with the new Dulce Vida line! I really love what you created with the pieces! I definitely shared on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. :)
    Meredith.mckenna@gmail.com

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  55. Your bracelets and earrings look great! I can't wait to get some of these to play with.I shared it on facebook. Thanks for the opportunity to get some to try.

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  56. I just love the Dulce Vida line! This line is what made me take notice of Tierracast. Now I'm hooked. Searching through their lines, I have noticed several items I have used before that I didn't even know were Tierracast so maybe I was already hooked and didn't even know it yet. :-)
    kathleenmcg6 at Gmail dot com

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  57. OOOHHH! Those are so pretty! I already have ideas popping in my head for them in my jewellery designs!
    goddessgifts888@gmail.com

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  58. Would love to win these! They are beautiful. I follow the blog and also on FB.
    goddessgifts888@gmail.com

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  59. I thinks it's just fantastic that these components are double sided. No more worrying whether or not the piece is on the right side, when making it, and when wearing it! Great job featuring these. Just wish we could byt them out right from the company.

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  60. And of course I follow your the blog, or I wouldn't be able to add my two cents. 😊

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  61. I love Tierracast products. Everything I have used has been high quality. As far as the limited choices of finish, I have been playing with Vintaj patinas and love the results. Only takes a tiny amt and a few minutes to get a totally different look. Loving what you did with heart! The bracelet is gorgeous. The earring posts are fabulous! Definitely at the top of my need list ;-)
    Thank you for the chance to win.
    Am a follower on Facebook, email, blog, Pinterest, google (anytime I see you somewhere I follow and still manage to miss your posts once in a while :-( lol)

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  62. I'd love to win these components! So pretty! I really like what you did with them, but do have some ideas of my own!
    I follow you on Feedly (reader).
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  63. Gorgeous components- I've been taking a break from designing but am ready to start up again and you've given me lots of ideas. I'm a blog and Facebook follower. Nmarkosky@gmail.com

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  64. Too late for the giveaway but these look so cool! I love the style and versatility of it.

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    1. Yikes! You are not too late. I got the date wrong. So I have updated the post to show the end of the giveaway is actually June 5.

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  65. Julie PasswatersJune 1, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    Please enter me for a chance to win this great give-a-way. Thank you, Julie

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  66. These would be great to get my creative mind in action. Get in touch with me senan.sew@gmail.com

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  67. I am so happy to see that I am on time to enter this contest. I love these components and i love terra cast so much.

    corkerykathy60@gmail.com

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  68. I've been using Terra Cast toggles and components for years. There quality is the best. ninaforrest@comcast.net

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  69. The Terra Cast examples are beautiful. Please enter me in your giveaway. I'm always looking for new design ideas. (I'm on you email list ��)

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  70. Love this new collection! It would be a sweet life indeed were I to win this giveaway! Thanks Pearl, I love all of your blog posts!

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  71. Love Tierra Cast! Thanks for the giveaway - already thinking of how to combine them with the rest of my stash.
    https://collyarpics.smugmug.com/CollyarCreations
    deborah.collyar@gmail.com

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  72. Great giveaway - would love to use these in my creations. Thank you ddmayred@aapt.net.au

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  73. Love these components. I love all metal bracelets and necklaces and would have a ball with these

    corkerykathy60@gmail.com

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