Goody Beads are back with another great giveaway!  This Minnesota based online beading supply company offers an ever changing array of supplies. I spotted some cool supplies and a tool from their site to feature.  These riveted earrings are easy to make. Just stack different findings for unique designs!

I particularly like their collection of stamping blanks especially the prepatinated ones -  if you can't or couldn't be bothered to make your own, then these are super easy to use.  The photo below shows a variety of metal blanks - copper, brass, Vintaj copper circle blanks - which were part of the package I received for review.  Not shown are the dark Vintaj Arte circle blanks.

Yes, the bare metal ones were not perfect. Metal blanks rarely are unless you buy them all polished up.  You could polish them up with increasingly finer grade sandpaper (see this past post on how to sand and polish metals) but a quicker and much prettier solution is simply to hammer them to add texture. Those fine scratches disappear!

Goody Beads also supplies rivets (shown above) and  this neat tool. The center finder is actually a carpenter's tool. But jewelry makers will find it very handy to determine the exact center of metal blanks especially the round ones. It is surprisingly tricky. The tutorial on how to use this tool to make the riveted earrings is here.

You don't really need a center finder to get the middle of a square as you can just draw diagonal lines from corner to corner.  But the tool makes the task a breeze.  Very satisfying when you get the riveting just right.

Back of riveted copper blank

Photography tips
All the photographs were taken with my iPhone 5 using the camera+ app.  Final design pictures were taken in natural light.  Tutorial pictures in artificial light. I often take pictures on different Modahaus backgrounds - white, grey and black - and pick those which turn up well. Click here to find out more about my How to Photograph Jewelry Webinars.

One lucky winner of this giveaway will win  $50 worth of jewelry supplies from Goody Beads.

If you'd like to be that winner, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info if you do not have an online shop or blog. Please also share which other kits or patterns might be your favorite in the comments.

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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.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, June 8, 2015. 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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